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Album Review

Winner of the ninth season of American Idol, the season that will forever be remembered as Simon Cowell’s last, Lee DeWyze somehow eked out a victory against neo-hippie soulster Crystal Bowersox, charming with a smarmy shyness that never quite seemed to jibe with a guy who kicked around bars in the suburbs for the better part of a decade. Other Idol winners were journeymen in disguise — think cornball Taylor Hicks or well-coifed rocker David Cook — but DeWyze’s major-label debut, Live It Up, sounds like the work of a local band that was given a chance to run wild in a professional studio. 19 Recordings team their winner with an army of professionals led by Toby Gad and John Shanks but they don’t dictate the direction of the album; they shape DeWyze’s singsong strum-alongs and MOR pop into something resembling a triple-A chart hit, letting similarities to Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer stand strong. DeWyze can wrangle a pleasant melody, particularly when he’s favoring sunswept SoCal folk-pop. When things are light and simple on Live It Up, DeWyze seems like himself.

Customer Reviews

Live It Up Lee Dewyze

Album is not what I expected. It is quite pop sounding. I still like his albums So I'm Told and Slumberland better. Me and My Jealousy and Isabelle are the only two songs that really stand out to me.

Unexpected, but wonderful!

I was very excited for Lee's album, and I haven't stopped listening to it since I downloaded it. Although it is not at all what I was expecting, which was a rock album that emphasized his raspy voice, and is actually a very pop-type album, it is great. Even though this is a pop album, the characteristics of Lee's voice that we all love are still very much present. This is a very diverse album, from ballad type songs, to more bluesy sounding, upbeat to slow, there is not one song I dislike. Favourite songs are Beautiful Like You, Me and My Jealousy, Brooklyn Bridge, Earth Stood Still, and A Song About Love. Buy this album, you won't be disappointed!!!

Lee Dewyze Rocks!!

Glad Lee Dewyze won American Idol, great first album, keep it up man!!


Born: April 02, 1986 in Mount Prospect, IL

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before winning the ninth season of American Idol, Lee DeWyze released two independent albums that introduced his mix of husky vocals and acoustic singer/songwriter fare. Working under the tutelage of Ministry guitarist Louis Svitek, who doubled as his producer and mentor, DeWyze made his solo debut with the release of 2007's So I'm Told. Slumberland followed several years later. Meanwhile, he worked in a paint store to make ends meet. DeWyze's career received a big boost in 2010, when he began competing...
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