Hold Back My Heart

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All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
During his time on American Idol, Michael Johns' strongest performances always emphasized the bluesy side of his voice, culminating in a nuanced, slow-smoked cover of Dolly Parton's "It's All Wrong But It's All Right." Two years after his unexpected elimination, Johns makes his post-Idol debut with Hold Back My Heart, a surprisingly strong album that finds him doing what he does best: soul, Southern rock, and contemporary blues. The album title is unfortunate, of course -- more appropriate for David Archuleta's teenaged pop than Johns' thirtysomething songcraft -- but that's the worst thing about Hold Back My Heart, which sounds looser and less calculated than most albums...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Leahey
During his time on American Idol, Michael Johns' strongest performances always emphasized the bluesy side of his voice, culminating in a nuanced, slow-smoked cover of Dolly Parton's "It's All Wrong But It's All Right." Two years after his unexpected elimination, Johns makes his post-Idol debut with Hold Back My Heart, a surprisingly strong album that finds him doing what he does best: soul, Southern rock, and contemporary blues. The album title is unfortunate, of course -- more appropriate for David Archuleta's teenaged pop than Johns' thirtysomething songcraft -- but that's the worst thing about Hold Back My Heart, which sounds looser and less calculated than most albums by American Idol's alumni. While none of Johns' own songs can quite measure up to "Heart on my Sleeve," a stand-out ballad composed by John Shanks and James Morrison, his own compositions are perfectly acceptable, showcasing his coarsely scrubbed baritone and preference for earthy melodies. Organ, horns, and background vocals enhance the vibe, but Hold Back My Heart is essentially a showcase for Johns' voice, which sounds better here than it ever did on television.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2009
  • Label: Downtown
  • UPC: 878037009620
  • Catalog Number: 70096
  • Sales rank: 177,027

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart On My Sleeve (3:30)
  2. 2 To Love Somebody (3:17)
  3. 3 Feeling Alright (2:59)
  4. 4 Little Bear (2:59)
  5. 5 Fools Gold (5:54)
  6. 6 Mountains (3:49)
  7. 7 Fire (2:37)
  8. 8 Hold Back My Heart (4:50)
  9. 9 This is Goodbye (4:58)
  10. 10 It's Too Late (3:44)
  11. 11 Heart is Weak (4:13)
  12. 12 Turn To You (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Michael Johns Primary Artist
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Fred Mandel Keyboards
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Texicali Horns Horn
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Alex Smith Background Vocals
Sharlotte Gibson Background Vocals
Chris Powell Drums
Dave Cobb Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar
Texicalli Horns Ensemble
Fred Mandell Keyboards
Technical Credits
James Morrison Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Barry Gibb Composer
Rodney Mills Mastering, Remastering
Diane Warren Composer
Greg Gordon Engineer
John Shanks Composer
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Michael Johns Composer
Dave Cobb Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Brent Roam Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome Album!

    I highly recommend this album. Michael Johns has an amazing soulful voice and it really shown beautifully. There are ballads, bluesy songs, and songs that you can rock out to!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome voice

    Michael Johns has an awesome voice.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothing Special

    Michael Johns has a nice voice but I didn't really care for the CD. There was nothing spectacular on it.

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