Gimme gimme gimme gimme gravy tonight.

These titles don’t make no sense.

Oh, but first…Taylor HicksAOL Sessions are up!

“Without a strong vocal identity and tethered to a Top-40 producer (matchbox twenty’s Matt Serletic) who values badly dated ’80s-style synth sweetening over true Southern soul grit, the admittedly hard-working Hicks is being pulled apart in a wind of good intentions…The best of “Taylor Hicks” are the two numbers he wrote himself, produced correctly, for once, without a lot of studio treacle slathered on. Those songs are “Soul Thing,” a classic r&b workout with a nicely unexpected jazz section, and “The Deal,” the sort of brokenhearted grinder Hicks seems most comfortable putting across.” (two stars) —The LA Daily News (And I must say, I agree about Serletic.)

“Everyone knows “American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks idolizes ’60s soul. But the kind he offers on his self-titled major-label debut falls closer to the stuff hacked out in a far different decade: the ’80s. With its neutered horns, aerated production and anonymous backup vocals, Hicks’ CD unmistakably recalls the more cynical works of Joe Cocker, Steve Winwood and Hall & Oates from the Reagan era. That’s a long way from soul’s original surge, despite the fact that one track directly quotes Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” while another finds Hicks interpreting Marvin Gaye’s “Wherever I Lay My Hat” – and fairly well at that. Throughout the CD Hicks comes off better than his surroundings. His rasp retains its pluck and feeling, despite producer Matt Serletic’s repeated attempts to drown it in indifferent arrangements and sonic goo. Commercially, Serletic’s approach shouldn’t surprise: Real soul doesn’t have nearly the shot at current radio play that this kind of adult-contemporary, tempered take does. At least in concert, Hicks may get the chance to do these songs right.” —New York Daily News (not a good day for Serletic, is it?)


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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