The hot seat

All other reviews I dig up today will go here.

Part of the problem with “Taylor Hicks” is clearly the time crunch of finishing an album in less than six months while out on tour and maintaining an extremely busy public schedule. But the other part of the problem is that Hicks’ keepers seem to have been trying to mold him into something he’s not.

The best songs on the album are the ones Hicks wrote himself – the retro, bar-band soul of “Soul Thing” and the Bonnie Raitt-ish blues of “The Deal” – from his pre-“Idol” albums, along with “The Right Place,” a soul ballad Bryan Adams co-wrote for the late Ray Charles. With those promising songs, it’s clear Hicks could rebound.” —Newsday (hey, you can’t please all the people all the time, but cool props to Taylor’s songwriting!)

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What the kids are sayin’



"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."



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"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "

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