Daily derring-do.

My hair looks really pretty today.

“The album also ventures into territory that few current artists have dared visit. Taylor cut his musical teeth on the Motown sound and Ray Charles, and while the album could have more of it, this influence is clearly reflected in several tracks. Wisely, Matt and Taylor recognized that in order to achieve commercial success, a balance must be struck. Call that “paying the devil,” or whatever, but putting together a mix of songs on this album will ensure a bigger bottom line, which in turn will enable Taylor to “do his thing” on the next one.” —Foxes on Idol

“It’s not bad. But the moments where you seem to be hearing the unbridled, passionate, giddily in-your-face Taylor Hicks without the affected arrangements or stylistic borrowing are so great that it’s frustrating. After all, we spent an entire endless season watching him cover other people’s songs. Why, oh why, does his own album sound like he’s still doing that? I’m willing to lay much of the blame on producer Matt Serletic, who seems to know that he has a marvelous tool — that husky, dusky voice — but has no idea what to do with it.” (Grade: B-) —The Palm Beach Post

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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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