Archive for January 26th, 2007

The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out.

DAUGHTRY (which I never know how to spell nor format…all caps, no caps, italicized?) experiences its first Menudo-like rotation, with Jeremy Brady hightailing his ass out of the band. I don’t know the official reason, but I’m speculating that he didn’t want to get the tattoo.

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JTFTW as “Southern rock?” Not quite, but at this point, who’s complaining?

Via Reuters, Billboard reviews Taylor’s first official single:

Is Taylor Hicks the latest “American Idol” to realize that the quickest path to fame and fortune is country, instead of the wall of steel presented by top 40? Seems that way, based on second Southern rock single “Just to Feel That Way.” Granted, first single “Do I Make You Proud” was as formulaic as they come, in the typical mold of “AI” debuts. And on “Just to Feel That Way,” he emits a powerhouse vocal that goes from coarse growl to cool-guy sensitivity; in fact, it is more convincing than most anything he sang on the show.

“Southern rock” is about the last thing I’d call “Just To Feel That Way.” I think it’s actually a pretty standard pop-soul ditty, but Taylor manages to inject it with his trademark gut-wrenching emotion, thus saving it from Insta-Matic Hitmaker Hell. As formulaic as the song may be in certain ways, Taylor’s voice is distinctive and wonderful, and it’s refreshing to see that recognized.

Spoiler news

It looks confirmed that Phil Stacey, he of gleaming pate and new daddy glow, has made the Top 24. Congratulations, Phil, and here’s looking forward to hearing you in Hollywood.

Our long national nightmare is over.

Well, that title may be a tad hyperbolic, but it’s not intended to be sarcastic. If ever there were an American Idol contestant who deserved to come out of the season with a record deal, it was Elliott Yamin, the pure-of-tone, good-natured, smooth R&B crooner who advanced all the way to the Final Three with nary a gimmick. (Oh, sure, he had a backstory that could make you shed a tear or two, but he never mentioned it on the show…nor did he try to increase his voting base by shouting out constantly to his fans, by pretending to be an idiot, or by coasting by on giggles, winks and prominently displayed breasts).

Well, thankfully, sometimes nice guys do get what they deserve. Elliott has signed with indie label Hickory Records, and has also inked a distribution deal with Sony to help him out with the promotion. Being with an indie means we likely won’t be seeing him on Ugly Betty or playing at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, but unlike Taylor and Katharine, Elliott’s deal allows him more creative control over his music. The album drops March 20, and a single, “Movin’ On,” is expected to hit iTunes and the like on February 13. I’m excited; I don’t consider myself an “invested” Elliott fan, but I always liked his voice, and I just can’t think of anyone who deserves this more. Congratulations, Elliott.

The Miami Herald is not (well, never is) impressed.

Once you get to know the Miami Herald’s music critic, Howard Cohen, a little bit, he’s really not a bad guy. (And he likes Neil Diamond!) So here’s what he has to say about Katharine McPhee’s upcoming album. I did know about the soft-focus photo pack that went out to the critics, but I didn’t know they didn’t get advance copies of her CD. Hhhmm…interesting. And for anyone who thinks Mr. Cohen is a “jellus hater,” keep in mind, he didn’t like Taylor, either.

[Katharine McPhee, the] American Idol runner-up still trying to figure out who and what she is as a recording artist makes her debut on a CD said to include a heaping helping of urban oriented music. Yeah, that’s so appropriate. Critics were not provided with advance music (not a good sign) but received a glossy page of scattered fashion shots that looked like a cheesy Victoria’s Secret ad (an even worse sign).

And just a note to Katharine’s many fans — I may not like her, but you do, and at the end of the day, that’s really all that’s important, right? So enjoy her promotion and her week of omnipresence (as I did when Taylor’s album was released), when you do get her album, please enjoy it. Y’all have been waiting long enough for it.


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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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