Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Elliott Yamin (Bonus Version) by Elliott Yamin, download iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Elliott Yamin (Bonus Version)

Elliott Yamin

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download music.

Album Review

In retrospect, it's hard not to wish that underdog Elliott Yamin won the fifth season of American Idol. Ever a likeable, humble soul, Yamin never had as clearly defined a personality as Taylor Hicks, the white-haired leader of the Soul Patrol who wound up besting Elliott. If Hicks seemed like a bit like a seasoned bar band pro, Elliott always seemed like the neighborhood boy made good, a guy with a cockeyed grin (sadly now corrected with veneers; thanks cosmetic dentistry for all your modern wonders!), a guy with a fixation on Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder who felt more comfortable slyly delivering the jazzy soul of "Moody's Mood for Love" than belting out barroom blues-rock à la Taylor. In other words, not only was he kinda shy but his gifts were subtle too — the perfect ingredients to be a beloved underground on a televised competition, but not quite enough to push him into the winner's circle. But if he had won, he would have been well suited to the adult contemporary soul that producers would have pushed on him, the kind of soul that Taylor shunned in order to deliver a record that would have been more welcome in 1986 than 2006. Yamin, however, would have been willing to work with the powers that be, as he clearly demonstrates on this eponymous debut, which positions him as product instead of a personality. Since Elliott is a very good, very versatile singer, sounding more assured on record than Katharine and sliding into different styles with an ease that Taylor never bothers with, this is a bit of a shame. Removed from the show, he remains a sweet, soulful singer, somebody who gently draws you into a song, and he sounds equally comfortable with the jazzy R&B of "Movin' On" as he does deliberate soft rock, typified by the slow, steady "I'm the Man." He's best when there's a heavy dose of smooth soul — the sultry, slow Hi grooves of "Train Wreck," which proves that the stuttering Usher wanna be "Alright" just isn't his style: it's too rushed, too hurried, and it doesn't showcase the rich tones of his voice to his advantage. Which only proves that he's not very contemporary unless he's adult contemporary, and the AC here is just as likely to be sleepy as it is to be appealing (the Jon Secada-styled "Find a Way" and "Free" are standouts). Unfortunately, there's just a shade too much of that calculated material here, and the production is just a bit too clean and colorless to rise above many similarly styled AC albums, but it's never Elliott's fault. He still sounds effortless and charming, which is why it's a shame he doesn't have the support he would have had if had won Idol: he would have had the biggest budget and the best collaborators, something that would help him make a record as distinctive as he is. Here, he and his producers try a little bit of everything — a little old-fashioned soul, a little new-fashioned R&B, a lot of adult contemporary, a good cover of "A Song for You" — in hopes that something will stick, leaving him as a singer in search of a style to call his own.

Customer Reviews

Elliott Yamin is AMAZING !!!

I purchased this CD as soon as I found it. I love it ! Of course the smash hit WAIT FOR YOU is one of my favs, but there are many other songs on the CD that I love as well. ONE WORD and I'M THE MAN are wonderful hit-worthy tunes. And if you like old time R&B, you will really dig Train Wreck. While I love the cover A SONG FOR YOU, my fav Elliott cover is WHITER SHADE OF PALE. What a GREAT voice Elliott has ! I also recommend that everyone purchase ALL of the WAIT FOR YOU remixes. They are perfect dance tunes and done very Well. Purchase the ENTIRE CD. It will not disappoint !!

Great album, now with even more bonus material

Elliott is a wonderful singer, and his first album has a great pop/R&B feel. This album gets the top 5 radio hit Wait for You, a fantastic array of songs, and 5 bonus songs compared to the ordinary CD in stores. Two of them were available as bonus tracks in the old iTunes version, two were Target bonus tracks that are now otherwise unavailable, and there's a new remix of Wait for You.

Elliott Yamin - Exceeds All Expectations

I had high hopes for this album after hearing the songs "Movin' On" and "Wait for You" and my hopes were not dashed.... They were surpassed.. This album totally blew me away and to this day, it is still my favorite album of all time. I liked Yamin's voice since he was on American ldol and was very disappointed when he was eliminated. But placing Third really worked out for him. Now of course, he did not have the support of a major label nor the budget that fellow Idols such as Chris Daughtry or Taylor Hicks had, but he had more creative freedom to make the album he wanted, and that really worked out for him. This album is also one of the few that you can listen to the whole thing without getting bored. Although Yamin seems to be still searching for his genre, it was still a good idea to try a little bit of everything. I recommend buying the whole album but if not, "You Are the One" and "Wait for You" (My two favorite songs) are must downloads. As for the Bonus Tracks, "Let Your Heart lead" deserves attention.. The Movie Maker


Born: July 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vocalist Elliott Yamin first gained recognition as the second runner-up on the fifth season of the reality show American Idol. Born in 1978 in Los Angeles to a painter father and former professional singer mother, Yamin eventually moved with his family to Richmond, VA, where he attended middle school and high school. Around the time he turned 14, Yamin's parents divorced, and thus began a period of some personal difficulty for the singer. Already close to 90 percent deaf in his right ear, Yamin was...
Full Bio