December 4, 2009
New Albums: Allison Iraheta and R. Kelly
Allison Iraheta – Just Like You
So, Allison Iraheta is one of those American Idol alums trying to break through the industry without having actually won the whole competition. Last week, Adam Lambert attempted the same thing with his new album, For Your Entertainment (which moved over 200,000 copies in its first week—well done!). This week Allison makes her debut with Just Like You.
Her first single off the record, “Friday I’ll be Over U” has a very Kelly Clarkson-sound to it. I think that works for her. The rest of the album, though, is filled with more ballads than I was expecting…or, maybe not full-blown “ballads,” but just slower songs (like “No One Else” and “Just Like You“). On American Idol, Allison always gave songs a harder rock and edgy twist. I guess I was just expecting a little more of a rocker feel to her album.
Overall, though, I think it’s a decent first album for the 17-year-old. I don’t even know what I was doing when I was 17. Being boring, I guess…who am I to say anything, anyway?
Check out Allison’s album today! Just in time for the holidays…how convenient. Coincidence?
R. Kelly – Untitled
Well, he has come a long way since “Trapped in the Closet” (or whatever that 12-part-series thing was…wow) in 2005. R. Kelly’s Untitled has been in the top ten on iTunes for awhile now, and it only came out on Tuesday (I guess people must have been pre-ordering it).
His new album, Untitled, features an R&B sound that’s pretty expected from him. I mean, it’s not really my style but I guess it works for him. He must be doing something right to keep debuting at the top of the charts. I do have to give it to him, though, that he seems to know how to write music that people are drawn to. Whether he keeps the songs himself, like on this album, or writes them for bigger stars (e.g. “You Are Not Alone” for Michael Jackson…R. Kelly wrote that…I know, shocking), he keeps producing successful tracks.
There are 15 new songs on Untitled and I have to admit that I was surprised when I heard how diverse-sounding all the songs were. A lot of the times when you listen to an artist’s album in its entirety in one sitting, the songs start sounding the same; but, R. Kelly manages to keep things different.
Check out Untitled, out now!
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