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Album Review

In a matter of four years, Candice Glover went from being told that her career wouldn't go farther than a hotel lobby, to recording a song co-written by her favorite artist. Descriptively dispatched by Simon Cowell during the Hollywood round of American Idol's ninth season, she returned for the 11th season and fared only a little better. On her third attempt, during season 12, she won the competition — the first woman champion since season six's Jordin Sparks. Her progression through season 12 was built on traditionally minded, guts-spilling ballads originally recorded by the likes of Christina Aguilera, John Legend, Emeli Sandé, and Adele. Heartrending ballads are indeed what make up the majority of Music Speaks. Album opener "Cried," co-written by inspiration Jazmine Sullivan, lays it all out. Glover belts "I tried to be the girl that never complains, but holding it in is driving me insane" with such force that the sentiment is 100-percent believable. It's no outlier. In each song, Glover sings with complete conviction, best heard in the winding "Die Without You" (somewhat redolent of Usher's "There Goes My Baby"), the floating kiss-off "Thank You," and the self-smacking "Same Kinda Man" — the last of which was written by producers Rock City and the Co-Captains, though it's easily mistakable for the work of Sullivan. Given the dominance of slow material, the album is a bit stifling; Glover loosens up a little for only "In the Middle," co-written by Fantasia Barrino with a touch of "Ting-a-Ling," yet even that has some heartache. At the end is "Love Song," a cover of the Cure's "Lovesong" that lacks the emotionally raw drama of the version she performed on American Idol. It closes Glover's debut on an anticlimactic note, but the singer should be around for a while — hopefully long enough to make some albums that have as much character and boldness as Sullivan's Fearless and Love Me Back.

Customer Reviews

SimplyAmazing

I am so glad you took the time to get this album right!!! The selections are awesome, heartfelt and honest. Loved everyone of your performances on Idol and post Idol you are even better. Keep up the amazing work.

pre-order??

I pre-ordered this album back in May when she won the AI title. I got the first single (I Am Beautiful) and was promised the rest of the album when complete. Yeah, I see the date was pushed back, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't still be getting my album, yet it's telling me on here I need to buy it AGAIN! Any help, iTunes? thanks~

#CandiceGlover

It's about stinkin' time for this album!!!!!! But I think it was worth it. I went to the store and bought an iTunes gift card in July (I think it was the 16th?i don't know)
Anyway yeah so it will be amazing!!!!#CandiceGlover

Biography

Born: November 22, 1989 in Beaufort, SC

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '10s

An R&B and gospel vocalist, Candice Glover is best known as the winner of the 12th season of Fox's reality vocal competition American Idol. A native of Beaufort, South Carolina, Glover began singing in her church, where her father was a pastor. After graduating high school in 2008, Glover attended the Technical College of the Lowcountry and University of South Carolina, Beaufort. She previously auditioned unsuccessfully for seasons nine and 11 of American Idol before making it onto the show in...
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