And ah-one, and ah-two…

“Speaking of Taylor, his self-titled debut is goofy and dated, but the boy can sing. It’s stuffed with mid-tempo blues-pop tracks of the “Why won’t you respect me, girl, when I work both night and day?” variety, but somehow, it’s still good. It lacks one killer “I’ll Be”-style single, but you can’t have everything. And Taylor’s cover of “Wherever I Lay My Hat”? Goosebumps.” —The Washington Post

(drool)“Thankfully he’s been spared a Bo Bice-like makeover. As befits the prematurely gray Soul Patrol chief, his debut plays like a lost Michael McDonald album from the mid-’80s, stuffed with homages to Ray Charles, covers of Marvin Gaye and Paul Pena (Hicks makes “Gonna Move” a breezy winner), and horns straight outta Steve Winwood’s “Roll With It.” The abundance of sappy ballads tends to drag the disc down as it winds out, and there’s a Maroon 5-ish sheen in place that belies Hicks’ natural rawness. But few post-“Idol” starts have been so enjoyable.” (Grade: B) —The OC Register

“Hicks doesn’t have the soul to be as funky as he wants to be, nor does he have the voice to make the ballads that “Idol” fans would eat up. He’s a good singer — for a cover band somewhere. He’s not some great vocalist who is going to change music. He’s just some guy who got lucky and won a contest. If you’re looking for blue-eyed soul, look elsewhere…This is vanilla soul.” —The Fresno Bee

“Quite simply, this is music to chill to. It’s upbeat enough, but it’s the kind of music you’d sit and politely listen to in a smoky jazz club or in the comfort of your recliner. Once you’re in the proper context, the CD is relaxing and enjoyable…If I were a program director at a radio station or group of radio stations, I’d be at a loss to know what to do with Taylor or where to put him. Would I put him in the Adult Contemporary format? Heritage Rock? Pop? Soul? On the other hand, cross-genre appeal has worked for others before (hey there, Carrie Underwood!) so maybe this isn’t as much of a negative as I initially thought. But minor negatives aside, this is a good CD, fairly solid in terms of most Idol productions, and worth having.” —Musical Ramblings

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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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