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Nashville Star, Season 5: The Winner Is Angela Hacker

Angela Hacker

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Albenrezension

Nashville Star albums usually fail after the show is over. Albums that are released by the winners usually don't sell enough copies to go gold. According to the producers of the show, the reason the albums are commercial flops is because the timing of the release of the album is too long after the season ends. In other words, if the winners of the country Idol franchise wanted to hit big after the show, they would have to get their debuts out a lot faster. This was the goal of The Winner Is..., to give Angela Hacker publicity beforehand. According to the show's publicist, this is not really the debut album by fifth season winner Angela Hacker. Rather, it is almost a demo tape of sessions from the show. For that reason, most of the music on the album is covers that Hacker performed on the show. This year, contestants recorded their live performances in full-quality full-studio versions, as well as their live performances, which meant that over half of the album was already recorded after she won. The covers on the album, which include Barbara Mandrell's "I Was Country When Country Wasn't Cool," the famous "When Will I Be Loved?," and the legendary "Strawberry Wine," are all really well done. Mostly, this is because Hacker is a terrific vocalist who knows how to put a spin on classics and make them her own. They rarely seem contrived; in fact, since the covers are dispersed through the album they mesh with the original works, which are also well created. Hacker has co-written all the new work on the album, mostly with James LeBlanc. The original pieces are mostly upbeat tracks, which work well with the selection of mainly soft ballads that were previously covered. Original highlights include "Total Loss," which was originally performed by Hacker on the show, and "Emotionless," a pop-oriented, radio-friendly single with great riffs and catchy hooks, and sounds like a nod to Shania Twain or Jo Dee Messina. The final song on the album, "Hard to Handle," is a duet with brother Zac Hacker, who finished in second place on the show. The song was performed at the finale, and received rave reviews. It does justice on record as well. Their distinct voices ice together well together. The sole problem with The Winner Is... is the actual packaging itself. The CD is covered with Nashville Star logos and photos. In other words, the piece doesn't end up seeming like a first album from a budding country star, it looks like a product of Nashville Star, and nothing else. Hacker is promoted as a direct product of the show, and doesn't get as much credit for this album as she should. This is a knock-out debut album, and (aside from Miranda Lambert) is the best thing to come out of the television show. It's a shame the television producers are taking all the credit for it, though.

Biografie

Genre: Country

Jahre aktiv:

Angela Hacker is a country singer who first gained fame through winning Nashville Star, a country version of American Idol. She was born in 1978 in Muscle Shoals, AL. She grew up with three sisters and was shy as a child. When she was 13, she entered a singing contest at her school and claims that she "hasn't quit since." She struggled for the next 16 years with her singing career, but managed to get an audition on the fifth season of Nashville Star. She was selected to be one of the show's ten finalists...
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  • 19,99 €
  • Genres: Country, Musik, Gesprochene Inhalte
  • Erschienen: 02.04.2007

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