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Song of the Day: “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith

It’s Aerosmith.  It’s awesome.  This is probably my favorite song of all time.  Listen below:

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Video of the Day: Lucie Jones “I Will Always Love You” on The X Factor

Gee, those European talent shows sure are churning out some real winners lately!  Watch as the lovely Lucie Jones sings a restrained version of “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston.  She’s great, and I’m sure we’ll see a lot more from her.

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Video of the Day: Carly Smithson of We Are The Fallen Singing “Bury Me Alive” Acoustic

Here’s an amazing clip of Carly Smithson singing “Bury Me Alive” by her band We Are The Fallen.  Marty (one of the band members) had mentioned uploading the whole clip, and if he does that would be wonderful.  From the sound of the clip he gave us, I’m sure the full performance was outstanding!  I can’t wait to hear more from We Are The Fallen and Carly!

Sorry, I tried and failed to embed the link.  It’s a TwitVid, so WordPress probably hasn’t worked out the kinks with that.  Here’s the link:

http://www.twitvid.com/9942A

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Music Review: Adam Lambert “Season 8 Favorite Performances” via iTunes

Continuing my American Idol Season 8 wrap-up nonsense, I decided I would also review Adam Lambert’s “Favorite Performances Collection”.  This song set is extremely popular on iTunes; it’s still #5 on top albums over one week from being released.  Here’s the review:

(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. Black or White“- 8 Elephants- The live version of this “Black or White” was energetic and exciting, and I don’t think that translated very well to the studio version.  It seems much more relaxed.  Analogy: The live version is to bold, black coffee as the studio version is to a mocha frappe latte.
  2. Born to be Wild“- 8.5 Elephants- Once again, like “Black or White”, I don’t think these high-energy songs from Adam translate very well into studio recordings.  But of course it’s much harder to deliver the energy and excitement on a recording, especially an American Idol recording.  I can’t get it out of my head that this sounds like a “Born to be Wild” dance remix.
  3. Cryin“- 9 Elephants- This was one of my favorite songs from Adam throughout Season 8 because the screech/wail that he does worked so well.  It wasn’t overdone or obnoxious, it just worked.  The studio recording is similar in that it’s a great vocal and it all just works.
  4. Feeling Good“- 9.5 Elephants- I think this is one of the few songs that I enjoyed the studio recording and not really the live performance.  The studio recording is great!  Definitely one of my favorite studios from Adam.  He breathed new life to this old classic and it really worked.
  5. If I Can’t Have You“- 8.5 Elephants- The vocals in this song are great, but when I listen to it the music gives me the feeling that this an 80s pop song.  I don’t know what the people that add the backing track in are thinking sometimes.  Other than that, it’s good!
  6. Mad World“- 9.5 Elephants- I’ve got three words for you: haunting.  Take it in folks, I will never use the word “haunting” to describe a song again because it makes me feel like Kara.  Seriously though, this song is great and Adam does a great job with it every time.  It may be teetering on the edge of “performance overkill” since it’s been on every morning talk show in the U.S., but it’s still great and the definitive Adam song.
  7. One“- 9 Elephants- I expressed my complete disdain for Adam screwing up one of my favorite songs, but he fixed it all with the recording.  The little changes he made in the melody are gone and it’s back to it’s original form.  I know that I’m the number 1 proponent for changing songs up, but that’s only if it works.  If you go for it and it fails, tough stuff for you.  But like I said, he fixed it for the studio and it sounds great.
  8. Play That Funky Music“- 7 Elephants- I hate this song, and I like it no more when Adam does it.  The vocals are good, but the song is complete garbage.  That’s all I’ve gotta say about this one.
  9. Ring of Fire“-  0 Elephants- Just as frightening as the first time, I can’t even finish it.  I’m not trying to pull a Clay Aiken and say that I’m going to have nightmares and it was horrible in the vocals because that’s just not true.  The vocals are fine, the whole arrangement is just scary.  I don’t like this song really in any form though.  Oh and I don’t really give it 0, more like 7.
  10. The Tracks of My Tears“- 8.5 Elephants- I definitely liked the live version better without all the background nonsense going on, but it’s still a good song even in studio.  I wish American Idol would just leave the performances acoustic or whatever in studio because that’s the reason why American loves those performances!  Ahh, it’s so aggravating.
  11. Whole Lotta Love“- 9 Elephants- Once again like “Cryin” the screech works here.  If Adam is going to want to do the screech, then songs like these are definitely going to suit him well.  And to give the screech credit, it’s one heck of an on-pitch screech.
  12. A Change is Gonna Come“- 9 Elephants- It’s probably the most soulful track on the favorites compilation, and it definitely sounds good.  Not too much was added to the studio version (thankfully) so it keeps a lot of what was in the live version.

The Verdict

After much debate, I’ve decided that the following songs wil make the TCJ Playlist:

  • “Cryin”
  • “Feeling Good”
  • “Mad World”
  • “One”
  • “The Tracks of My Tears”
  • “Whole Lotta Love”
  • “A Change is Gonna Come”

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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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Video of the Day: Susan Boyle singing “Memories”

Here is Susan Boyle’s follow-up performance to her showstopping audition Britain’s Got Talent.  She’s got to be one of my favorite people.

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Video of the Day: Allison Iraheta and Cyndi Lauper Duet

From the American Idol Finale last night.  Definitely one of my favorite moments from the show.  Allison sounds great and Cyndi is classic Cyndi!  Watch the video below:

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American Idol Finale Performances Recap

This….. is…… American Idol!  Sorry, I had to.  I hadn’t done that yet this season I don’t think.  Anyway, Season 8 comes down to this, the final six competition performances of the year.  I’m sure it’ll be epic.  Hmm.

Ryan reminds us to all fix our DVRs for the finale runover, but I will predict now that millions of people will still flock to message boards to complain.  First up is…

Adam Lambert singing “Mad World” by Tears for Fears for his re-do performance.  What’s up with the cape, man?  Haha, and the dramatic fog screens going across the floor?  This is over the top without even trying to be.  But in all seriousness, this is good.  I think it’s better than the first time he did it overall.  There aren’t any small bum notes anywhere, which is always a plus.  I’m not seeing the big twist that we heard he was going to do, but it was still good.  Not your typical Adam Lambert here.  Randy gave it an A+ and loved the fog machines, Kara said he is an incredible artist, Paula told him to bask in it, and Simon thought it was over theatrical like Phantom of the Opera.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers for his re-do performance.  Kris has really nice parents, I really like them.  I will probably miss them more than anyone this season, except for Allison.  And Meghan.  So nevermind.  Anyway, this has been one of my favorite performances from Kris this year, so I’m glad he went with this one.  It’s more understated than his other two, so it’ll be good to bring it back to the fore front.  Great performance.  This is more my kind of thing.  Really good ending, too.  Randy thought it was one of his best ever, Kara complicated his ability to make an intimate bond, Paula says something about “Allenizing” things, and Simon said he had doubted America’s choice last week, but now he takes it all back.

I’d have to give that round to Kris, and Simon agrees with me.  I always knew Simon knew what he was talking about.

Adam Lambert singing “A Change is Gonna Come” by Patti LaBelle and Sam Cook for Simon Fuller’s choice.  Wow, this is really good, I’ve gotta say.  He’s hitting some big ole notes as usual, but it seems to work well for this song.  I enjoyed this much more than the first one.  It’s one of my favorite Adam performances of the year for sure.  There’s more substance to it than usual screech fest.  The judges pretty much all thought that it was his best ever, and Simon said he was definitely back in the game.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye for Simon Fuller’s choice.  This is very Kris Allen, to quote Paula.  A very cool pop sound to this one, which is definitely what he should go with after Idol.  I think this performance is proof that he has the most potential radio success after Idol from anyone this season.  It’s not his best, but I could imagine hearing it on the radio.  Randy thought it was a little light for him, Kara like the song choice and thought he delivered a message, Paula thought he “tore it up” and made Marvin Gaye proud, and Simon thought it was like 3 friends in a bedroom strumming along to Marvin Gaye and too laid back for a finale.

Simon gave that round a million percent to Adam.  I think it goes to Adam as well, but not by a million percent.

Oh great, now the epic coronation song is up.  I can’t wait to see that one.  Not.

Adam Lambert singing “No Boundaries”, this year’s coronation song written by Kara DioGuardi.  This song typical Idol cheese, limburger to be exact.  He’s doing a great job vocally, though it gets a little shouty in the end.  Not typical Adam “screech” just shouty.  This song is going to kill Kris unless they allowed them to change it up.  Good vocal for Adam, though not the most captivating performance.  Randy thought it was pitchy, Kara gave herself a shout out for writing it (Come on Kara), Paula will forever be his fan, and Simon made fun of the song, but said Adam has been one of the best and most original ever.  Next up is…

Kris Allen singing “No Boundaries” as well.  Unless Kris can change it up it’s going to kill him.  Well, the beginning was really good!  In the middle it kind of fell a part a bit, but he got it back together.  I actually really liked that.  The song didn’t kill him like I thought it would.  Adam’s always got him beat as far as range and ability, but Kris knows what he can do and does it really well.  Randy thought the key was high, but said he was amazing; Kara said he is a compelling artist and incredible person; Paula said he’s done an amazing job this season and deserved every bit of it; and Simon said the first was his best, but watching him as been incredible because he has improved so much.

Now the real reason everyone’s watching American Idol tonight…

Carrie Underwood singing the good-bye song “Home Sweet Home”.  Carrie’s looking great back on the Idol stage!  Great performance of “Home Sweet Home” by Carrie.  I think this just proves that she is the greatest winner of American Idol.  She is one of the only people that actually sound better live than in the studio.  I will always be a fan.  I give the night to Carrie Underwood!

What did you think of tonight’s show?  Who do you think will be winning tomorrow night?

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Poll of the Day: Who Do You Think Will Win American Idol?

Season 8 of American Idol all comes down to this night, who do you think is going to go all the way and claim this year’s American Idol crown?  Vote below in today’s poll of the day.

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American Idol Finale Pre-Show Scoop

I will be recapping tonight’s episode, but it will come about an hour or so later than usual.  Until then, enjoy the following fun facts about tomorrow’s finale, as well as the poll that will be up after the performances.

Tonight is the final performance night for Season 8 of American Idol, and surprisingly I haven’t lost interest.  I haven’t watched a finale performance show because I wanted to since Season 4 or 5, so this is a pleasant change.  Though I’ve said numerous times that Adam’s music isn’t my kind of thing, he generally gives great performances (“One” from last week is the exception.  Every time I watch it back it gets worse.) and he’s a great entertainer.  Kris is much more my style of music, and if he gives 3 solid performances and isn’t thrown under the bus, he might have a chance.  We’ll have to see for sure after tonight’s show.  Anyway on to the point of this post, here are the confirmed spoilers and rumored appearances on Idol’s two-part finale:

Tuesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Carrie Underwood will be singing the farewell song, “Home Sweet Home” live at the end of the show.  I’m sure this will be great, as she is always wonderful live.  Speaking of Ms. Underwood, here is an article I wrote about her a few days ago: TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

Wednesday, 8/7 c.:

  • Lionel Ritchie will be dueting with Danny Gokey.
  • Cyndi Lauper will be dueting with Allison Iraheta (Woo!).
  • Adam Lambert will be dueting with KISS.
  • Kris Allen will be dueting with Keith Urban.
  • Adam Lambert is set to reprise “Mad World” for his repeat song, but with a twist of some sort.
  • Kris Allen is rumored to be doing either “Falling Slowly” or “Heartless” for his repeat song.
  • The Top 13 will sing “So What” by P!nk as a group, as well as “Smooth” by Santana with Santana.
  • David Cook will be singing “Permanent”  (Best song on his album) as a tribute to his brother who recently passed away.  It will be sold as a charity single on iTunes.

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Week(s) In Review: May 3rd-16th

Since I missed the Week In Review post like week, I decided to combine it this week with a Weeks In Review post!

Top 10 Posts and Pages of the Week

Everyone seemed to like these, so if you missed be sure to click the article and them out!

  1. Video of the Day: Kris Allen “Heartless”
  2. TCJ Seal of Approval: Miss California, Carrie Prejean
  3. What’s Everyone’s Beef with Meghan McCain?
  4. American Idol Top 3 Recap and Review
  5. Fringe Finale: “There’s More Than One of Everything”
  6. American Idol Top 3 Prediction and Analysis
  7. Poll of the Day: Was Mrs. California Carrie Prejean’s Question Fair?
  8. Video of the Day: Barack’s (Or His Writers) Got Jokes!
  9. Poll of the Day: Do You Think Danny Gokey Should Have Been Eliminated from American Idol?
  10. TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

Posts from the Week

If you missed these posts the first time around, be sure to click the title and read it now!  They are in order from oldest to newest.

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TCJ Seal of Approval: Carrie Underwood!

I have been trying to think of a way to say something about Carrie Underwood on this blog for some time now.  It finally came to me about 3 minutes ago that Ms. Underwood is definitely deserving of the prestigious Conservative Journal Seal of Apporval!

Ever since Carrie Underwood won the 4th season of American Idol, she has accomplished great things in the music industry, as well as in the world.  Her first album, Some Hearts, was certified 7x platinum (That’s shipping over 7 million CDs for those that aren’t hip on the lingo), and produced 4 number 1 singles in a row.  Her smash hit, “Before He Cheats”, became the first country song to sell over 2 million digital downloads.  Her second album, Carnival Ride, has sold nearly 3 million copies and produced 5 number 1 singles, making her one of the only artists in history to have 10 consecutive #1’s.  Also worth noting is her recent win as Entertainer of the Year, joining the ranks of only a handful of females to ever win that top honor.

But the reason she wins this award isn’t for her Grammys, her ACMs, her CMAs, or anything else.  It’s because she’s remained a moral, Christ-like person through the rigors of extreme fame.  Since winning American Idol 4 years ago, I have yet to hear one time about Carrie Underwood getting drunk and wild at the club.  Carrie hasn’t been caught in a sex-tape scandal.  She hasn’t posed nude for any kind of magazine.  She’s remained grounded despite her enormous successes.  Taking a quick glance at the celebrity scene, it’s hard to pick out more than 1 or 2 that rival Carrie in handling their rise to fame well.  It’s truly a testament to Carrie’s faith that she has managed not to stray from the path she was on pre-Idol.  But of course, we can’t leave out her parents, who equally deserve this award for instilling in their daughter such great Christian values.  Maybe they should receive the next Seal of Approval?

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