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Music Review: Kris Allen “Season 8 Favorite Performances” via iTunes

For the third year in a row, iTunes is offering an end of the season collection of each contestant’s best performances of the year.  This year, I’m pretty sure the collection includes every performance of the year.  To continue the theme of celebrating Kris Allen’s victory, here is a review of his “Season 8 Favorite Performances Collection” via iTunes:

(The songs are in the order they appear on the track listing, and will be rating on a scale of 0 to 10 elephants)

  1. Ain’t No Sunshine“- 9 Elephants- Probably my 3rd favorite song by Kris of the season.  This one really pushes Kris’, and he think he pulls out if very well.  “Ain’t No Sunshine” is some of the best evidence that Kris can make anything current.
  2. All She Wants To Do Is Dance“- 8.5 Elephants- Though this performance received some of his less enthusiastic critiques, the studio recording is fun and, as usual, has a current sounding vocal.  The backing music is the main detractor from this song, but overall it’s a good one.
  3. Apologize“- 8 Elephants- The vocals are great, but it sounds almost identical to the original.  This is one of the less inventive Kris Allen tunes.  A must have for fans, but those with the original can probably save the 99 cents.
  4. Come Together“- 9 Elephants- Well first of all, I love this song.  And though Kris’ rendition doesn’t quite live up to Carly Smithson’s from last year, it’s entertaining.  Kris takes a more fun, upbeat route with “Come Together”, and I think it worked better on the recording than on the show.  But I enjoyed both.
  5. Falling Slowly“- 9.5 Elephants- Ahh, “Falling Slowly”.  The live performance, it’s worth noting, was brilliant.  It was performed the night that only two judges gave critiques and Randy, in his ignorance, gave it a very poor review.  Simon fixed by calling it “brilliant” the next night, and thankfully it was too late as Kris was sent to safety.  My favorite vocal from Kris, but second favorite only to..
  6. Heartless“- 9 Elephants- So convenient how I could transition seemlessly like that.  Anyway, many of you that followed my season of American Idol commentary know that this is the only song I gave an “A+” rating on my recap.  Well, the recording only gets a 9 because the acoustic element is not there.  In American Idol fashion, they have to throw in the full orchestra even for great acoustic performances.  Still a great song to have.
  7. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)“- 7.5 Elephants- This is one of the few songs that I just cannot remember the live performance for.  I’m debating over whether I was gone for that episode or something.  Anyway, this is one of the least memorable of the “Kris Allen Collection”, and the back-up singing is a annoying and too loud.
  8. Remember the Time“- 7.5 Elephants- “Remember the Time” is very much like the above song, though I do remember this one vaguely.  It’s a more upbeat and fun song, though I don’t think I’ll find myself putting it in the “Top 25” rotation on my iPod.
  9. She Works Hard For the Money“- 8.5 Elephants- This when I really started to consider Kris as a potential contender.  He took this Donna Summer song and completely changed it up in a way that made it current and entertaining.  The live version was definitely better, but I think he more than likely didn’t choose the extra orchestra accompaniment.
  10. The Way You Look Tonight“- 7.5 Elephants- The recording of “The Way You Look Tonight” is one of Kris’ more traditional songs.  It doesn’t stray far from the original, and is a more subdued performance by Kris.
  11. To Make You Feel My Love“- 9 Elephants- I sure am glad that I decided to review this because I had forgotten all about this performance.  This performances came around when no one really knew anything about Kris and mostly just considered him the purest form of canon fodder.  However, “To Make You Feel My Love” is truly a great performance, and it deserves a little more praise than it has gotten.
  12. What’s Going On“- 9 Elephants- The finale of Season 8 was full of great performances by both contenders, and this was definitely one of them.  I prefer the live version of this one slightly, but as you can tell I usually do when it comes to American Idol produced songs.  Definitely an under-appreciate song from the “Kris Allen Collection”.

The Verdict

I definitely enjoyed listening back over Kris’ performances of the season to see just how far he progressed as a competitor and an artist.  As for the playlist, the following make the cut:

  • “Ain’t No Sunshine”
  • “All She Wants To Do Is Dance”
  • “Come Together”
  • “Falling Slowly”
  • “Heartless”
  • “She Works Hard for the Money”
  • “To Make You Feel My Love”
  • “What’s Going On”

What do you think of the “Season 8 Favorite Peformances” from iTunes?  If you disagree with my review, let us know!n  Leave your comments below or send an e-mail to theconservativejournal@gmail.com.  Don’t forget to bookmark The Conservative Journal and sign up for the RSS Feed and the daily e-mail newsletter.

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Rick

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American Idol Top 5 Recap

Sorry it’s late, but here’s the recap of tonight’s top 5 as I’m watching it!  Enjoy.

Tonight’s theme is songs from the Rat Pack, which means absolutely nothing to me.  So I have no expectations for this week; we’ll just have to see how everyone does.  Jamie Foxx is mentoring tonight (Not sure why.), but I’m sure he’ll have some good advice.  First up is…

Kris Allen singing “The Way You Look Tonight”.  Kris has a great voice, and as Jamie pointed out, doesn’t include all the crazy vocal stylings that make me not like Matt Giraud.  This performance is traditional Kris; straight-forward, well sang, etc.  There was only janky little high note, but overall it was a great performance.  Kris could be the upset to the preordained Danny-Adam finale.  We can only hope.  Randy thought it was his best performance to date, Kara thinks he is truly a dark horse, Paula thought it was near impeccable, and Simon said he wasn’t as enthusiastic and didn’t get the feeling he could win the competition.  Next up is…

Allison Iraheta singing “Someone To Watch Over Me”.  Allison reveals in her little chat with Ryan that she just turned 17 yesterday.  Well good Allison!  That just serves to remind us how incredible your voice is for your age.  Wow, this performance is incredible!  I think that was truly flawless.   Her final little note/run was beautiful.  Very, very impressive.  If the judges aren’t all over this, the show’s fixed.  Randy says it’s like Pink, but with 9,000 more octaves; Kara said she’s not nervous for Allison anymore after that; Paula said she’d been waiting for and was very proud of her; and Simon has a horrible feeling she is in trouble.  WHAT??  Come on, Simon!  She wouldn’t be in trouble had you not said that.  Gosh.  Next up is…

Matt Giraud singing “My Funny Valentine”.  Gosh, I just don’t like Matt at all.  He does way to many annoying runs throughout every song.  It’s absurd.  He seems pumped about this week, so maybe it’ll be good.  The beginning was rough, but it gets a little better.  Except for his voice is sounding really weird throughout the whole song; like how he’s pronouncing the words.  There are few good notes in there, but I wasn’t too crazy about the last night.  Not horrible, but not great either.  I didn’t really like it though.  Randy thought it was a little bit pitchy and didn’t all quite come together, “6 out of 10”; Kara appreciates the runs, but didn’t feel he was emotionally connected to it; Paula loved what he did with it and thought it was excellent; Simon disagreed with Randy (WHAT?) and thought it was the only believable and authentic song he heard so far.  WHAT??  If Matt makes it through over Allison, it’s gonna be bad.  Next up is…

Danny Gokey singing “Come Rain, Come Shine”.  My first thought is why on earth is Lambert getting the pimp spot again?  It’s getting ridiculous.  On to this performance.  I loathe Danny Gokey.  I have no idea why, but everything about him puts me in a bad mood.  His singing isn’t bad or anything, he just bothers me.  I have nothing to fault with his singing; it’s actually quite good.  I just don’t like him.  Nope.  But the performance, or singing at least, is good.  Probably one of his best vocals so far, though the band kind of drowns him out at the end.  Randy thought he was the only so far that could have an album of songs like that and win (win what?), Kara thought he had swag (moron), Paula said “stellar”, and Simon agreed with Kara, rambled for a bit, then said it was outstanding.  Next up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Feeling Good”.  I wonder which Adam we’ll see today?  Crazy or Relaxed?  His clothes aren’t giving any hints so we’ll just have to wait for the singing.  From the little rehearsal bit, I think it’s going to be a mixture of the two.  This is really weird just altogether.  It’s weird like “Ring of Fire” a few weeks ago.  It seemed really short too.  But once again, I can’t fault the singing.  He held that final note for a ridiculous amount of time.  He’s techinically probably one of the best singers the show’s ever had, it’s just not my thing.  Randy thought it was a little too theatrical, but said he was in the zone; Kara said he’s shocking and superb and way over the top and crazy; Paula compared him to Michael Phelps; Simon says he clearly wants to win and said that complaining abou thim being theatrical is like complaining a cow moos.  Funny one Simon.

That wraps up tonight’s show!  Tomorrow we can hopefully say goodbye to Matt Giraud, but we’ll just have to see.

Thanks for reading!

Rick

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