American Idol Season 5: Encores

American Idol Season 5: Encores

     
 

After five seasons, American Idol is more popular than ever. Highlights of American Idol Season 5: Encores features memorable performances by favorites Chris Daughtry ("Wanted Dead or Alive"), Paris Bennett ("Midnight Train to Georgia"), and Mandisa Hundley ("I'm Every Woman"), as well as selections from the season's surprising final two -- KatharineSee more details below

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After five seasons, American Idol is more popular than ever. Highlights of American Idol Season 5: Encores features memorable performances by favorites Chris Daughtry ("Wanted Dead or Alive"), Paris Bennett ("Midnight Train to Georgia"), and Mandisa Hundley ("I'm Every Woman"), as well as selections from the season's surprising final two -- Katharine McPhee ("Think") and Taylor Hicks ("Takin' It to the Streets").

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Released the day Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee battled it out for the title of American Idol, American Idol Season 5: Encores offers a recap of season five, which may well be remembered as the season where the final 12 contestants were the most evenly matched. That doesn't necessarily mean that all of the 12 were standouts: this collection of studio-recorded encores of songs that the contestants sang early in the season proves that the final five of Taylor, Katharine, Elliott, Chris, and Paris were indeed five of the most deserving contestants, and they all acquit themselves pretty well on record. Taylor remains the most distinctive, partially because guys who sound like a cross between Michael McDonald and Joe Cocker do indeed stand apart from the pack, as his "Takin' It to the Streets" proves, but Katharine does have some personality on record, even if "Think" might not have been her best moment ("Someone to Watch Over Me" probably should have been revived). As the judges were saying all season, Chris does prove to have a voice that's well suited for recording, but as dependable as he sounds on this version of "Wanted Dead or Alive," he doesn't sound all that different from any of the post-grunge rockers that cluttered the airwaves in 1996. Paris, however, fares better on record than she did on the program, since it's easy to appreciate how rich her voice is on its own terms. Sadly, the always likeable Elliott Yamin is a bit underwhelming on record, where his rasp doesn't sound soulful; it sounds a little too smoky. But he's far from the worst thing here -- that title belongs to Ace, whose anemic reading of "Father Figure" sounds wimpier than he ever did on the show. On the other hand, Bucky's growling "Superstition" actually sounds bolder and better than it did on the program, as does Melissa McGhee's "What About Love" -- she may already be forgotten by the time this album is released, but this recording suggests she had a more interesting voice than either Lisa, whose "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)" is perfunctory, or Kellie, whose "Walkin' After Midnight" is clueless. That leaves Mandisa and Kevin, who are exactly on record as they are on the show: Mandisa is powerful, but a little generic, while Kevin is just lucky he got on TV. So that all adds up to a pretty high batting average -- maybe no home runs (although some may argue that Taylor squeaks by and hits home plate), but only one strike-out, and a lot of it isn't bad at all, even with AmIdol's relentlessly cheap karaoke backing tracks for the singers. Which means this may indeed be the best American Idol yet, at least as far as the souvenir records go.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2006
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0828768575727
catalogNumber:
85757

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Tracks

  1. What About Love @@Melissa McGhee  - Melissa McGhee
  2. Superstition @@Bucky Covington
  3. I'm Every Woman  -  Mandisa
  4. Wanted Dead or Alive @@Chris Daughtry  -  Daughtry
  5. Father Figure @@Ace Young  - Ace Young
  6. Takin' It to the Streets  - Taylor Hicks
  7. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) @@Lisa Tucker  - Lisa Tucker
  8. Walkin' After Midnight @@Kellie Pickler  - Kellie Pickler
  9. Moody's Mood for Love @@Elliott Yamin  - Elliott Yamin
  10. Think  - Katharine McPhee
  11. Midnight Train to Georgia  - Paris Bennett
  12. When I Fall in Love @@Kevin Covais  -  Kevin Covais

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Taylor Hicks   Indexed Contributor
Katharine McPhee   Indexed Contributor
Michael Herring   Acoustic Guitar
Michael Anderson   Background Vocals,Bass
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals
Teresa James   Background Vocals
Derek Bramble   Bass,Hammond Organ
Richard Dodd   Cello
Dorian Crozier   Drums,Percussion
Rob "Fonksta" Bacon   Guitar
Greg Suran   Guitar
Michael Fell   Harmonica
Cheche Alara   Keyboards
Tommy Barbarella   Keyboards,Organ
Loren Gold   Keyboards
Ramon Yslas   Percussion
Derrick Edmondson   Saxophone
Tom Ralls   Trombone
Johnny Britt   Trumpet
Leah Katz   Viola
Daphne Chen   Violin
Eric Gorfain   Violin

Technical Credits

Dorian Crozier   drum programming,Engineer
Michael Anderson   Engineer
Derek Bramble   Engineer,Producer
Craig Burbidge   Engineer
Johnny Britt   Horn Arrangements
David Kutch   Mastering
Stephen Lu   Orchestration

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