Elliott Yamin

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He finished third on American Idol's 2006 season, and Elliott Yamin has fans to spare awaiting his debut. A star on the following AI tour, Elliott makes his own way with this album, featuring the single "Movin' On."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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He finished third on American Idol's 2006 season, and Elliott Yamin has fans to spare awaiting his debut. A star on the following AI tour, Elliott makes his own way with this album, featuring the single "Movin' On."
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2007
  • Label: Hickory Records
  • UPC: 805859001921
  • Catalog Number: 90019
  • Sales rank: 87,329

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Movin' On (3:41)
  2. 2 Wait for You (4:21)
  3. 3 Find a Way (3:42)
  4. 4 One Word (3:38)
  5. 5 You Are the One (4:17)
  6. 6 I'm the Man (4:08)
  7. 7 Train Wreck (3:02)
  8. 8 Free (4:06)
  9. 9 Alright (3:12)
  10. 10 Take My Breath Away (3:49)
  11. 11 A Song for You (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elliott Yamin Primary Artist
Derek Bramble Bass, Keyboards
Josh Freese Drums
Michael Hunter Trumpet
John McCurry Guitar
Miguel Rivera Tambourine
Taj Jackson Background Vocals
Tony Reyes Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Steve Baxter Trombone
Espen Lind Guitar
Amy Wood Drums
Raymond Angry Piano
Oliver Goldstein Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Piano
Caesar Griffin Drums
Ely Rise Synthesizer, Strings, Keyboards
Dave Borla Drums
Honey Larochelle Background Vocals
Adam Pallin Keyboards
Technical Credits
Derek Bramble Programming, Producer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mike Mangini Producer
Taj Jackson Vocal Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Tony Reyes Vocal Producer
Jefferey Rabhan Executive Producer
Espen Lind Instrumentation
Ryan Williams Engineer
Josh Abraham Producer, Executive Producer
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Karl Egsieker Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson Instrumentation
Oliver Goldstein Programming
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer, Instrumentation
Espionage Producer
Adam Pallin Programming
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Leader of the Pack

    A wonderful vocalist, Elliott delivers and proves that he is by far one of the best Idols ever. At first I was disappointed in some of the heavy bass, but in time the songs define themselves and I'm reminded...he is a young man, after all. His appeal is widespread, however, and I hope this is the start of a long and wonderful career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enduring Beautiful Voice

    I thought he had the best voice and style on Season 5 and waited for a long time for this CD - it was worth it. Hope he's working on #2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    This CD is by far one of my favorite. I just can't stop listening to it. There is so much meaning in every song that I can relate to! Thank you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    HUGE HIT! WE LOVE IT!

    We agree with all those others who gave it a 5. It's soulful, it's beautiful, it's GREAT! We love Stevie Wonder and we love Elliott (we being my husband and me). We think this album is something everyone should buy!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    There is no denying it, Elliott Yamin has a fantastic voice. This is one of the few R&B/Hip-hop like albums I have ever enjoyed. My only quibble is that sometimes Elliott over-does the vocal gymnastics. Just sing the songs straight once in a while! Otherwise, this is an album that most Yaminions will adore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Who would of ever thought he could come out so hard and smooth. I really think he has made a rare debut, and hope the radio will give this some air time. This is good music! I hope everyone will give him a chance and just listen without any interruptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    worth the wait

    he was my favorite on american idol...and i am thrilled to be able to hear his voice again...great cd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Exactly what I anticipated!

    I counted down the days to Elliot's album release, and I went to purchase it before going in to work that morning. What an absolute treasure. I love it, love it, love it. His voice is like delicate kisses. A wonderful treat to be desired for a very long time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome awesome awesome!

    An AWESOME debut for someone who will be sticking around for a long, long time! Buy this album!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    W-O-W

    All the songs are fantastic!! Elliott made the best CD I've ever heard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Vocal Master Class

    Outstanding Elliott did not dissapoint this CD has something on for everyone. Congrats Elliott.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic debut CD!

    Some great songs here: "Wait For You" and "One Word" are particular standouts. Mr. Yamin has a warm, rich voice, and he has a stellar R&B/pop future!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Potential legend

    Just a great listen, but this guy is gonna get ahold of a great song one of these days, a track that truly stands up to his harmonic vocals and he's going down in history. So much to like about this CD that it's impossible to summarize it here. He's got the wow factor vocally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE WORD

    ONE word for the CD and ELLIOTT'S voice -AMAZING. Don't agree that "It's Alright" was rushed --just a song that has an up beat tempo that helps you get up off the floor after falling out from listening to Trainwreck and You Take My Breath Away -- JUST what I did..This GUY is truly AMAZING..And you can understand EVERY word of EVERY SONG. Just wish Moody's Move for Love was on the CD A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    Such a beautiful voice wasted on such unmemorable melodies! Song #10 is about the best one. Elliot, ballads are your forte - - forget the modern rock.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elliott delivers!

    Hard to pick out a favorite song when there are so many standouts. "I'm the Man" may be best of all, but "Wait for You," "One Word," "Alright," and several others all vie for the top spot. Elliott is so far and away the best singer ever to emerge from "American Idol" that no others need apply!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!

    LOved it! Love his curly hair and his R/B voice! IT's great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Elliott is THE BOMB!!!

    The TRUE American Idol! This album is fantastic! Elliott's voice is so smooth and soothing and he has done such a great job on this album. I'm so happy for him. And would his backup singer Taj Jackson be Tito Jackson's son? If so, you rock Elliott!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Look No Further...

    This boy's got soul!! I think it suits him just fine that he was not the next American Idol. He's my Idol. It gave him the chance to have input on his first CD that he would not have had. And, ohhh, that voice!! I can sleep easy tonight!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A star on the rise!

    Elliott has an outstanding and beautiful soulful voice that you will just want to hear over and over again! Highlights include "I'm the Man", "Find a Way", "Take My Breath Away", "Free", and "Train Wreck" but the entire album is a very promising debut! Strongly recommended!

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