The daily few.

I’m waging an epic battle between myself and my toric lens right now…so I likely won’t catch any misspellings. Sorry.

“Frustratingly, Hicks’ speedily produced post-“Idol” debut doesn’t hew to his own budding myth. Instead, it’s a three-way split between pop templates by songwriting pros (Rob Thomas is grittiest among them), covers reinforcing the “Idol” team’s Black History Month conception of R&B, and a mere two originals. It’s no shock that Hicks sounds best on his own compositions; they’re actually hookier than the store-bought stuff, and exhibit a naughty charm that feels like Hicks’ own, not what he learned from the Ray Charles songbook. He also gives a fine, world-weary reading to Paul Pena’s neo-blues classic “Gotta Move,” though it’s nearly undermined by corny horns. Maroon 5 is doing blue-eyed soul better right now, but Hicks, who’s not as artistically mature as his back story suggests, could get there. He just needs some more real blues.” —Los Angeles Times (Maroon 5 is soul?)

“Hicks still has that amazing voice – somewhere between gruffness and sweetness. But the quirky appeal and fiery performance style that led him to be the unlikely king of this year’s “Idol” unfortunately is in rare supply in his overproduced, self-titled debut…Some of it is catchy, certainly. But there’s less grit to be found here. Where is the pizzaz that drove Hicks to snatch that “Idol” crown? One wishes for the raw emotion of his heroes. Perhaps the best song on the album is one that he wrote – “Soul Thing”: “The road can be your friend, or the devil in disguise,” he sings. That track, with its ecstatic whoops, comes closest to the uninhibited soul that Hicks does so well.” —The Associated Press


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December 2006
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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."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"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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