Breath of “Fresh Air” (via NPR)

From Ken Tucker, editor-at-large for Entertainment Weekly, and via NPR’s “Fresh Air”:

Raspy, white-boy funk isn’t Hicks’ shtick; it’s what he knows, and what is is packaged neatly on his self-titled debut. Unfortunately for Hicks, the kind of soul music he’s drawn to is better communicated with more furtiveness, or frustration, or anger, or lust. None of these qualities behooves a freshly-minted American Idol. Maybe after some of that luster is tarnished a bit, he’ll make another record that’ll dig deeper within himself, and go to emotional places where the soul cannot be patrolled.

Taylor Hicks’ review is last, right behind Kellie, Daughtry and Fantasia.

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1 Response to “Breath of “Fresh Air” (via NPR)”


  1. 1 SunnyLovesSoul January 14, 2007 at 3:59 am

    Yeah, The Soulman for many of the tunes sounds like someone is in the wings saying, “Sing Pretty Taylor”. I mean, he sounds good on most tracks but missing is the nitty gritty Soulman vibe.. Where’d ya go Soulman? Closest we get is “Soul Thing”, “The Deal”, “The Maze” (why no one is liking this one flies over my head) The song written by Brian Adams for Ray Charles is nice too; sexy. There’s “Gonna Move”, nice, too.


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