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Album Review

During his short time on American Idol, Josiah Leming always seemed to walk the line between unchecked confidence and outright depression, either beaming at the judges' approval or lapsing into tears whenever they criticized his performance. His elimination during the semi-finals might've ruffled some feathers amongst the show's die-hard fans, but it was still a smart decision, since someone as noticeably fragile as Josiah (who was the glorified equivalent of a teenaged runaway, having left home to travel the country in his car) might've completely come apart under the pressure of prime-time TV. Even so, Josiah surprised everyone by pulling himself together and securing a contract with Warner Bros, a label with considerably more credibility and experience than Idol's own record company. More surprises are dished out on this five-song EP, which serves as an appetizer to the singer's full-length debut. Angels Undercover presents Josiah as an artist — not an adolescent boy with a flair for double-fisted piano chords, but a genuine songwriter, with melodic twists and articulate turns-of-phrase to boot. He flips into his falsetto on "Arctic Outcry Wind," perhaps the brightest pop song here, before crooning his way through the subsequent ballads, which run the gamut from angsty anthems ("Theysay") to quiet tearjerkers (the titular "Angels Undercover"). "To Run" is the only track to betray Josiah's age, but those three minutes of teenage melodrama do little to erase the 15 minutes of promising songcraft that precede it.

Customer Reviews

excellent writing marred by forgetable arrangements

About time!! I was very relieved to see so much new material on the EP. Raw emotions are clearly on display in the lyrics and melody, but I would've preferred a heavier dosage (if not an exclusive one) of Josiah's top-notch classical & balladic piano arrangements from his pre-Idol songs. The unimaginative pop-rock accompaniment makes the tracks more generic than I believe they deserve to be.

Good, but I'm waiting for the album.

There are a few good cuts on here but it's a little disappointing. I'm waiting for his full length LP next year. Still, it's one of the most musically satisfying albums from the Idol camp, though I think Josiah wants to distance himself from the show. Haha.

Touching Story

The song "to run" is so great. He should have never got kicked od American idol. His story is kinda sad, and i hope he goes far in life. Defenetly buy "to run" or the whole album. I hope he does a cover song for "somewhere only we know" by Keane


Born: March 26, 1989 in Morristown, TN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Josiah Leming charmed his way onto American television sets in early 2008, when the teenaged singer/songwriter appeared in several episodes of American Idol's seventh season. He received significant screen time during his brief period with the show, piquing viewers' curiosity with his unique background (he had reportedly left home in order to travel the country by car, essentially rendering himself homeless) and heartfelt vocals. Leming had spent the first half of his childhood in Morristown, Tennessee,...
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Angels Undercover - EP, Josiah Leming
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  • $6.45
  • Genres: Alternative, Music
  • Released: Oct 28, 2008

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