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Kris Allen’s self-titled debut doesn’t play with the flash and frenzy of your usual Idol victor. If anything, his first album resonates with the conservative comfort of a state fair’s blue ribbon winner. But herein lies a more endearing kind of charm that will work its way into your musical heart with repeated listens. Allen even had a hand in writing most of the songs here, save for the opening insta-hit “Live Like We’re Dying” which grooves on the cool of a deliberately stuttered beat before the catchy chorus clicks in perfectly like a golden metronome. His knack for crafting soaring feel-good choruses shines bright on the inspirational “Before We Come Undone” and especially on the sultrier “Can’t Stay Away,” which struts with an old-school Janet Jackson-flavored sass in the verses. The Peter Frampton co-penned “Written All Over My Face” is another hit-worthy gem with dance beats and singalong refrains, but it’s “Lifetime” that truly shows his prowess as a balladeer. Allen’s songs have the staying power.

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Kris Allen

Kris Allen brings his own unique style to his debut album. He wrote or co-wrote a majority of the songs, allowing him to express his individuality, rather than being cut out of the Idol cookie mold. He's a force to be reckoned with, and just like he did on American Idol, I think Kris stands to surprise a lot of people with this body of work. My personal favorites include "Before We Come Undone," "Alright With Me," "Red Guitar," and "I Need to Know."

This is absolutely the debut everyone was waiting for...

Kris Allen fans in American Idol have been proven right, as this album has shown that Kris Allen is not only a terrific singer, but an extremely versatile one, at that. What separates Kris from previous winners, especially David Cook and David Archuleta, is that unlike them he possesses a strong uniqueness to be able to sing different types of songs that all fall in the Alternative Rock and Pop genres, but each have an extremely unique feel and stand out from one another quite well.

He opens with "Live Like We're Dying" that most can agree is extremely catchy and meaningful, a very good combination for an artist's first single.

The following song is well done, very much driven by the chorus, however.

"Can't Stay Away" has a very big Maroon 5 feel in the beginning, but loosens up on that somewhat.

The fourth song, "The Truth", is by far one of the strongest songs on the album, beautifully written and driven by the piano and Allens voice that carries that feeling of getting across exactly what he wants during a song. This song is in my opinion one of the strongest and should end up being one of his most popular songs.

"Written All Over My Face" is similar to "Live Like We're Dying" and contains that same feel that may end up being a Kris Allen trademark.

Once you start to think you've figured out what he's trying to do on this album, and think you've heard all the uniqueness you are going to hear, Allen shocks you with "Bring It Back". It sounds similar to Isaac Slade and is has a soul and jazzy feel that is sometimes brought by singers like Matt Nathanson and Allen even sounds similar to James Morrison at points.

Kris then throws another unique song into the mix. Instead of going right back to where he was before "Bring It Back", and transitions from the piano driven song to a "Red Guitar", a guitar driven song that has a "save the world" feel similar to a Goo Goo Dolls song, always making you feel like throwing your arms up in rejoice.

Allen next goes back to a slower song that has a jazzy feel with "Is It Over". It is similar to the sound he had with his sixth song.

"Let It Rain" might be one of the most enjoyable songs on the album. One of the most balanced, with enough piano and guitar that it makes everything feel very wonderful.

Just when you think you've heard it all Kris Allen tries an indie sound, similar to an early O.A.R. with "Allright With Me". It works.

"Lifetime" is another song that sounds wonderful, and it might be one of the best songs lyricswise.

Allen ends with a song that makes you begin to ask "Is this The Fray?", but is extremely well done.

Kris Allen hit every right note on this album. He refused to do what many new artists do which is to take what they see as their sound and replicate ten to thirteen songs based off that. He also refused to change his identity for a different sound. Kris sounds like him, all throughout this album, and creates many wonderful sounds that will be dancing in your head for days. He may not be a Chris Daughtry, with that undeniable sound wherever you go, but he will have 12 songs that sound wonderful, all with very different feels, and all made extremely well. This was an amazing debut album for Kris Allen, with many popular singles sure to come out of it.

No Disappointments!!

This long-awaited first full release is finally here, and it was definitely worth the wait. Congrats, again, to American Idol winner, Kris. Thanks for the great entertainment, now and in the future!!


Born: June 21, 1985 in Jacksonville, AR

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Although not the first contestant to play his own instrument on American Idol, Kris Allen benefitted more than most from the experience, and his coffeehouse singer/songwriter vibe earned him a first place finish in 2009. Pitted against powerhouse vocalist Adam Lambert during the show's finale, Allen emphasized his wide-ranging abilities as a musician, playing piano during a cover of "Ain't No Sunshine" and strumming the guitar for an acoustic take on Kanye West's "Heartless." The instrumental accompaniment...
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