Trickling in, trickling in…

No majors yet, but here are a couple of preliminary reviews/opinion pieces/rants of bitterness on Taylor Hicks’ album:

“It’s a virtual jambalaya of musical sounds. From bluegrass to soul to Midwestern rock and roll, Hicks laces his tunes with his wide range influences. You can certainly hear the Ray Charles, Bob Seger and Joe Cocker in every word he sings…There is no doubt that the man can sing. He certainly puts his heart and soul into every word he belts out.”BusRadio Teen Site (whoever they are)

“Sometimes you want a buffet, and sometimes you just want the steak. We know Hicks is capable of the finest filet. His post-AI debut is mixed. There seems to be an obvious struggle for control here between making music for the sake of music, and making music for the sake of dollars. Neither side wins here, but neither side completely loses either. There’s something for everyone from the cookie-cutter pop hit The Runaround to the soulful Right Place, but because his musical identity fails to firmly establish itself, fans will go away fed, but still hungry for more.” —A Better AI (“The Runaround” is a cookie-cutter pop hit? Okay…)

“Kudos to Clive Davis, Simon Fuller, or whoever let Taylor make the right CD for him. Maybe the “Idol” machine is finally figuring things out. If you’re a fan of Motown, Ray Charles or just Taylor himself, you’re going to love this one.” –Angela Henderson, Herald-Dispatch

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