Introducing...Stan Walker

Introducing...Stan Walker

by Stan Walker
     
 
Reportedly recorded by the New Zealand singer in just two days' time and released less than three weeks after he was crowned Australian Idol 2009, Introducing... Stan Walker is a slight full-length debut that's most notable for including the chart-topping lead single "Black Box." Clocking in at 11 songs in 34 minutes, the album is primarily comprised of

Overview

Reportedly recorded by the New Zealand singer in just two days' time and released less than three weeks after he was crowned Australian Idol 2009, Introducing... Stan Walker is a slight full-length debut that's most notable for including the chart-topping lead single "Black Box." Clocking in at 11 songs in 34 minutes, the album is primarily comprised of songs that Walker performed during Australian Idol, including cover versions of Prince's "Purple Rain," Miley Cyrus' "The Climb," James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," John Legend's "Ordinary People," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah," the Carpenters' "Superstar," and the album-closing hymn "Amazing Grace." There's also a perfunctory cover version of Queen's "We Will Rock You" that is over and done with in roughly two minutes' time. This Queen cover is one of only two songs that weren't already heard on Australian Idol. The other is "Think of Me," a passable original song produced by former Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian. Fortunately, several of the aforementioned cover songs turn out well, especially Prince's "Purple Rain" and Cyrus' "The Climb." They turn out well in large part because of Walker's vocal talents, which are as evident here as they were on television. The arrangements of these songs are very basic. Take for example "Purple Rain," the original version of which is nearly nine minutes long. It's pared down to just over three minute here. Actually, there's not a song on Introducing... Stan Walker that tops four minutes. It all adds up to a slight album that passes too quickly, not only because of the brevity of the songs but also because of their familiarity to anyone who followed Walker's performances on Australian Idol. The saving grace of Introducing... Stan Walker is "Black Box," the previously released chart-topping smash hit that Walker debuted as the winner's single on the season finale. Co-written by English hitmaker Wayne Hector, well known for his work with Westlife, along with Danish hitmakers Wayne Hector, Jonas Jeberg, and Cutfather, "Black Box" is a first-rate contemporary R&B song that seems tailor-made for Walker. Too bad there aren't more songs like "Black Box" on Introducing... Stan Walker.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/11/2009
Label:
Sony Australia
UPC:
0886976300326
catalogNumber:
7630032
Rank:
259027

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stan Walker   Primary Artist
Tony Azzopardi   Percussion
David Wicks   Viola
Robyn Stout   Viola
Jemima Littlemore   Violin,Leader
Nick Parry   Violin
David Armstrong   Percussion,Timpani
Guy Sebastian   Background Vocals
Gordon Rytmeister   Drums
Chris Lockhart Smith   Cello
Liam Singer   Background Vocals
Dimitri Calligeros   Violin
Belinda Jezek   Violin
Carmen Smith   Background Vocals
Kylie Liang   Strings
Alex Pringle   Viola
John Bettison   Guitar
Simon Hosford   Guitar
Mark Costa   Bass
Carl Dimataga   Acoustic Guitar,Bass
Anna Okunev   Violin
Ashleigh Leef   Background Vocals
Christian Lauofo   Background Vocals
Martyn Hentschel   Violin
Mariana Green   Violin
Erana Clark   Background Vocals
Nik Pringadi   Keyboards
Susanah Cuming   Violin
Stuart Crighton   Keyboards
Victoria Jacono   Violin
Ulpia Erdos   Harp

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Green   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Al Jackson   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Guy Sebastian   Producer,Instrumentation
John Legend   Composer
Jessi Alexander   Composer
James Griffiths   Engineer
J. Jeberg   Composer
Braddon Williams   Engineer
A. Tennant   Composer
Prince Nelson   Composer
Betty Newsome   Composer
Mark Costa   Arranger
Carl Dimataga   Producer
Bryon Jones   Producer
Jon Mabe   Composer
Libby Bee   Arranger
Erana Clark   Vocal Arrangements
Stuart Crighton   Programming,Producer,beats
Shane Reinhard   Engineer

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