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What Do You Think Was the Best Performance at the AMA’s?

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AMA 2009: Carrie Underwood, Lady GaGa, Kelly Clarkson Continue to Impress

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Since I had nothing else to do tonight, I decided I’d watch the AMA’s.  That show made me realize just how well-done the CMA’s.  Anyway, this year’s AMA’s came across as more of a concert series than an awards show, since awards were given out in the 5 second transitions between performers.  Here are the highlights (and lowlights):

Great:

  • Carrie Underwood delivered another knock-out performance of “Cowboy Casanova,” this time with even more dancers.  The vocals for this one were spot-on.  This was probably the best overall performance she’s given of this song so far.  The general mediocrity of the majority of the other performers made her look even better than she did on her own merit.
  • Kelly Clarkson gave an outstanding rendition of “Already Gone” without all of the bells and whistles of the studio version.  She reminds us all that she’s still got it, despite less-than-stellar live performances in the past few years (see, “Never Again” live on AI).
  • The one and only Lady Gaga convinced me to look at her new album, The Fame Monster (in stores tomorrow), after wowing in her performance of “Bad Romance”/”Speechless.”  I’m thinking “Bad Romance” may have been at the very least partially lip-synced, but “Speechless” was the real deal and it was great.  Not to mention Gaga is incredibly entertaining.
  • Alicia Keys shined during her two performances, both of which made up for her disappointingly bland lead-off single from her latest album.

Good/Okay:

  • The Black Eyed Peas performed an unrecognizable medley of their latest hits because apparently they’ve spent half a year at #1?  On what chart?  Regardless, that’s a huge accomplishment.  And while the whole performance came together as a bunch of noise and lights, Fergie still showed everyone that she can and does sing quite well.  If only we could hook her up with another gig singing Heart covers (see, Idol Gives Back).
  • Former Idol-contestant Chris Daughtry performed his latest single “Life After You.”  I can’t fault the vocals, but I can say it was incredibly boring and unmemorable.  It’s only been an hour since I watched and I have no idea what the song sounded like.
  • Life-long divas Mary J. Blige and Whitney Houston delivered good performances (in comparison to their “norm”) and Houston was honored with some international award accomplishment.  I’m glad she’s trying to turn things around.

The Bad

  • Janet Jackson got the first ten minutes of the show to lip-sync and dance around sporadically.  Could’ve used that ten minutes to allow the latest American Idol Kris Allen winner and the immensely talented teen star Demi Lovato to perform instead of reducing them to lowly presenters.
  • Perez Hilton was in attendance and was allowed to speak.
  • Taylor Swift once again sweeped all of her categories and gave acceptance speeches “live” from the UK.  Doubt it.  They were obviously pre-taped and Taylor acted surprised the whole time.  I don’t really think MJ deserved “Artist of the Year” more, but I certainly don’t think he deserved it less.  Gaga should have won it.
  • Green Day cracks and squeels through “21 Guns,” causing me to wonder if and why people still listen to that crap.
  • And finally, the worst part of the night was Adam Lambert’s atrocious and over-hyped show closing performance of “For Your Entertainment.”  Suggestive dance moves aside, the vocals were terrible.  He sounded like 40’s-era versions of Mortimer Mouse (Mickey’s cousin or whatever) on helium.  Not to mention he fell and then made out with some ambiguously gendered keyboarder midway through.  I just ask that I not be subjected to gay porn while I’m trying to eat a bowl of mini-wheats.  Thank you.

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Song of the Day: “Already Gone” by Kelly Clarkson (Live Version and Studio Version)

Here’s Kelly Clarkson’s latest single, “Already Gone”.  I prefer the live version of the song (it’s less overproduced), so I’ve included it below the studio track.  Listen below:

Live Version (It’s better!)

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Album Review: Kelly Clarkson “All I Ever Wanted”

Before I do this thing, let’s get one thing straight: I realize I’m probably a little too old to even know who Kelly Clarkson is.  But good music is good music, and I happen to think Kelly Clarkson’s My December is one of the best CDs I own.  So it only makes sense that I follow that up with a review of Kelly’s latest effort, All I Ever Wanted. Now that that’s clear, here’s my track-by-track breakdown of the album:

  1. “My Life Would Suck Without You”- 7 Elephants- The lead-off single for All I Ever Wanted has been said by many to be the sequal to “Since U Been Gone”, and I guess that’s probably an accurate observation.  However, “MLWSWY” (rockin’ those abbrevs) uses more synthesised beats than 5 Katy Perry tribute bands and something about that doesn’t mesh with Clarkson’s voice.  The song does not flatter her chops.
  2. “I Do Not Hook Up”- 7 Elephants- More like “I Do Not Want to Listen to This Crap”.  Seriously though, the second single from the album is more overdone pop.  Clarkson pulls this one off a little bit better than on “MLWSWY” simply because the generally subject matter of the song fits the style.  Not something I’ve got on repeat on my iPod.
  3. “Cry”- 9 Elephants- Giving the album its little forray into the country music genre is “Cry”, a nice ballad that reminds me why I liked My December so much: Clarkson just has remarkable vocal talent.  “Cry” shows off her powerful while still keep that soft, ballady feel.
  4. “Don’t Let Me Stop You”- 8.5 Elephants- This song serves as a pretty good bridge between the two extremes on the album: pop and rock.  It has a poppy sound while not being drowned out by synthesised dance beats.  As you can tell, those are a major turn off for me on songs by artist that can handle so much better material.  “Don’t Let Me Stop You” is classic Clarkson that will vastly appeal to fans of Thankful and Breakaway that were left wanting more after My December.
  5. “All I Ever Wanted”- 9 Elephants- One of the more rockish songs on the album, “All I Ever Wanted” is one of my personal favorites.  A lot of the appeal for this song lies in the fact that it has great potential as a live performance.  I can imagine Clarkson up on staging rocking out to this song, and that’s what I like to see/hear.
  6. “Already Gone”- 9 Elephants- I know the fact that I like this song contradicts with what I said earlier about hating synthesised beats, but hear me out.  “Already Gone” is possibly the most overproduced song on the album; however, it all works very well on this song.  I might even go so far as to say that the studio track sounds nothing like Clarkson.  So as a Kelly Clarkson song, I don’t like it.  But as a song in general, I love it.  Comprende?
  7. “If I Can’t Have You”- 7 Elephants- This song is my second least favorite song on the CD, as it falls into my least favorite genre of music: dance pop.  I know several people that love this song and find it fun to dance along to as they drive down the road.  As for me, I’ll just sticking to skipping it on shuffle and laughing at the morons that I do see jamming out to “If I Can’t Have You”.
  8. “Save You”- 10 Elephants- This song is quite possibly my favorite song on the CD.  It’s extremely unique in that it’s multi-genred; it even contains a section of classical music worked into the closing.  “Save You” shows some sheer composing genuis, and it all comes together brilliantly.
  9. “Whyyawannabringmedown”- 9 Elephants- Let’s get passed the obvious first; someone clearly needs to invest in a spacebar for this song.  If you can get past the title and actually listen to the song, you’ll more than likely be pleasantly surprised.  “W” (Ughhh.. the lack of spaces in between words prevents me from abbreving this well.) is the most rock inspired track on the album and makes a great addition to a jogging or exercise playlist.  Very, very high energy.
  10. “Long Shot”- 8 Elephants- “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought this was a Kelly Clarkson CD?  How’d that Katy Perry get stuck in there?”  Those are the thoughts that filled my head as I head “Long Shot” for the first time.  My disgust evaporated for the most part after I did some research and learned that Katy Perry did in fact co-write the song, explaining its eerie resemblence to a the songs on her CD, which, interestingly enough, I like.  If you listen to this song enough, it will grown on you.  Trust me.
  11. “Impossible”- 8.5 Elephants- “Impossible” comes across as a filler track that gets lost in the shuffle on first listen, but on deeper analysis it’s actually a decent song.  It shows of Clarkson’s strong vocals and isn’t WAY overproduced.
  12. “Ready”- 8 Elephants- “Ready” as it is in on the album is difficult for me to listen to, but not because it’s a bad song.  Quite the opposite, actually.  My problem with album-version “Ready” is that I heard the demo before the CD was released and it was a stripped down, My December-esque song.  When the CD came out, I expected to hear that same song.  Unfortunately, somewhere along the way it was “popped” up to an extraordinary level and present-day “Ready” was formed.  It’s still a strong song, but not half the song it was before.
  13. “I Want You”- 7 Elephants- This is my least favorite song on the whole CD, and I’m not sure why.  It’s not really overproduced or anything, it’s just a song that gets on my nerves.  I can never really pinpoint what it is about it but I just can’t finish it.  End rant.
  14. “If No One Will Listen”- 9 Elephants- The final track on All I Ever Wanted is also the “prettiest” of the songs, for lack of a better word.  It’s a very restrained song that highlights Clarkson’s mad skills with little interference from background music.  It’s a great close to a very diverse album.

The Verdict

Kelly Clarkson returns to her pop roots on her fourth album, but doesn’t totally leave behind all of the other genres she has explored during her young career.  All I Ever Wanted features songs with a little bit of everything; country, pop, rock, classical, you name it and it’s ont he CD.  Those who enjoyed Breakaway and Thankful should run to the closest Target and pick up their copy.  Those like myself who like only My December, however, will probably be less than thrilled with the majority of the songs on the CD.  Overall:  8 Elephants

The following songs will be added to the TCJ Playlist:

  • “Cry”
  • “Don’t Let Me Stop You”
  • “All I Ever Wanted”
  • “Already Gone”
  • “Save You”
  • “Whyyawannabringmedown”
  • “Long Shot”
  • “Impossible”
  • “Ready”
  • “If No One Will Listen”

What do you think of All I Ever Wanted?  What song was your favorite?

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American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis

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Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing Heartless

Best Performance of the Night: Kris Allen singing "Heartless"

Who should go? Danny

Who will go? Danny

I have one thing to say before I begin breaking down who I think will go home and why: The show would have been better with AllisonDanny was fair/good for both of his songs, while Allison no doubt would have been great/outstanding.  Just like with Carly Smithson’s (click here to follow her on twitter) early departure last year, I’m still bitter.

Prior upsets aside, let’s get to the upset at hand; If Danny Gokey makes it to the finals in anyway, I will be upset.  And not really because he would eliminate either Kris or Adam from the finale, but because he doesn’t deserve it.  Danny is basically the second coming of Taylor Hicks, who by the way is currently playing a minor character in the production of Grease.  Last night, both Adam and Kris outsang and outperformed Danny on each of their songs.  Not only that, but Danny has next to zero commercial potential.  Sure he will sell to his fans that are supporting him on the show, but he doesn’t have the voice to receive mainstream success like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Daughty, etc.  I could see Danny taking a career path similar to Mandisa as a Christian music artist, which is certainly a great path to go down.  Hot 100 radio is just not calling Danny‘s name.

On to the results:  ultimately, I do think Danny Gokey will be leaving us tonight.  For the second week in a row Danny has been the obvious weakest link.  Last week his mysterious fan base carried him through after a wretched screaming rendition of “Dream On”, and this week he wasn’t nearly as bad.  But will they carry him through again underservingly?  My intial guess is no.  If you look back on American Idol, when performers are pulled throught to the next round after a really bad performance, the next week is usually there time to go if they don’t deliver a knockout.  Look at Brooke White last year.  Her start-and-stop dilemma pulled here through (over Carly Smithson, I might add) to the Top 5, but she was then eliminated the next week after performances that were on par to her usual.  Add with that the fact that Adam Lambert and Kris Allen outperformed him by a mile, I think the top 2 is quite clear.

Adam received numerous praise all around from the judges on both performances, and even got a little boost from Simon when he reminded everyone to vote for him because he deserves it and not just assume he will be safe.  Kris also received praise on his second performance of Kanye West’s “Heartless”, which I must say was brilliant.  I think that performance alone produced enough buzz to carry Kris through.  So when it comes down to it tonight, I feel fairly confident that Danny will be leaving us tonight.  Check back here later for a recap and reaction to tonight’s results by bookmarking The Conservative Journal or by subscribing to the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter to get updates when something new is posted.

Top 3 Scoreboard

  • Kris Allen, “Heartless”-  A+ (Only one of the season)
  • Adam Lambert, “Cryin”- A-
  • Danny Gokey, “You Are So Beautiful”- B
  • Adam Lambert, “One”- B-
  • Kris Allen, “Apologize”- B-
  • Danny Gokey, “Dance Little Sister”- C

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