Kris Allen

Kris Allen

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by Kris Allen
     
 
If you didn't pay close attention to American Idol Season 8, you can be forgiven for thinking that Kris Allen came in second to Adam Lambert. After all, Lambert is the one who grabbed all the headlines and magazine covers, while Allen plugged along as the cute, safe alternative to the self-styled glamazon, which was enough for him to take the crown, if not enough to

Overview

If you didn't pay close attention to American Idol Season 8, you can be forgiven for thinking that Kris Allen came in second to Adam Lambert. After all, Lambert is the one who grabbed all the headlines and magazine covers, while Allen plugged along as the cute, safe alternative to the self-styled glamazon, which was enough for him to take the crown, if not enough to create much excitement. Then again, Kris Allen isn't about excitement, he's about comfort, something that's plainly evident on his immaculate eponymous debut, an album every bit as unexpected as his name. Allen possess an easy touch, makign already pleasant surroundings a touch friendlier. Kris pens almost all of the 12 songs here (the exceptions being "Live Like We're Dying," "Written All Over My Face," "The Truth" ), which unifies the album. Unhip it may be by design, but at least Kris Allen delivers the goods: it's tuneful and likeable, melodic enough to merit a close listen

Editorial Reviews

New York Times - Jon Caramanica
It’s a seamless continuation of his “Idol” run, full of gentle songs that he only rarely tries to rough up.
MTV News
Kris Allen won over fans during Season 8 of American Idol with his boy-next-door charm and all-American looks. In one of the biggest upsets in Idol history, Allen beat out flamboyant, rocker runner-up Adam Lambert for the title. Allen's self-titled debut plays on his wholesome pop-rock strengths and includes the hit single "Live like We're Dying." His crowd-pleasing, acoustic guitar rendition of Kanye West's "Heartless" is included as a bonus track.
Reuters
Allen's "Idol" fans will recognize his cover version of rap star Kanye West's song "Heartless," which Allen performed on the show and also recorded for the album. Another track, "Red Guitar," predates Allen's "Idol" run and is the only song on the album he wrote on his own.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/2009
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0886975480227
catalogNumber:
754802

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Allen   Primary Artist,Guitar
Steve Kipner   Keyboards
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Greg Kurstin   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Victor Lawrence   Cello
Mats Lindberg   Cello
Tim Pierce   Guitar
David Ralicke   Trombone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Salaam Remi   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Jim Sitterly   Violin
Michael Ward   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Sean Hurley   Bass
Joel Shearer   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Randy Cooke   Drums
Paul Broucek   Guitar
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Paul Inder   Electric Guitar
Laurence Greenfield   Violin
Robin Diaz   Drums
Mark Sheehan   Electric Guitar
Bill Lefler   Guitar,Drums
Eg White   Guitar,Background Vocals
Zac Rae   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Andrew Frampton   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Mattias Johansson   Violin
David Levita   Guitar,Soloist
Danny O'Donoghue   Bass,Electric Guitar
Aaron Sterling   Drums
Tobias Karlsson   Bass,Guitar
Irene Bylund   Viola
Jon Foreman   Acoustic Guitar
Johan Carlsson   Keyboards
Glen Power   Drums
Billy Sollox   Background Vocals
Christopher Bautista   Trumpet
Jordan Wright   Guitar,Soloist

Technical Credits

Steve Kipner   Composer,Producer
Greg Kurstin   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Ralicke   Horn Arrangements
Ernest Wilson   Composer
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Mike Elizondo   Composer,Programming,Producer
Warren Huart   Producer,Engineer
Ted Paduck   Engineer
Kanye West   Composer
Pat Monahan   Composer
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Adam Hawkins   Engineer
Mike Flynn   Producer
Mark Sheehan   Composer,Programming
Eg White   Producer,Instrumentation
Andrew Frampton   Composer,Programming,Producer
Eric Weaver   Vocal Engineer
Danny O'Donoghue   Composer,Programming
Jeff Bhasker   Composer
Toby Gad   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tobias Karlsson   Composer,Producer
Christian Baker   Engineer
Joe King   Composer,Producer
Mattias Bylund   String Arrangements
Craig "The Regulator" Frank   Engineer
Jon Foreman   Composer
Franklin Emmanuel Socorro   Engineer
Dan Frampton   Engineer
Maria P. Marulanda   Art Direction
Francis White   Composer
Scott Mescudi   Composer
Kris Allen   Composer
Ben McIldowie   Composer
Malik Yusef Jones   Composer
Cale Mills   Composer

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Kris Allen 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
sahsouha1 More than 1 year ago
Kris Allen is an amazing soulful artist, very original wth an incredible, sensetive voice, and he deserves all the success in the World. Iam expecting big things & great music from him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think if anyone gives this less than 3 stars, they have a problem with Kris Allen and/or were rooting for Adam. I am happy Kris is singing upbeat, uptempo songs and not boring, slow songs like many on David Archuleta's debut album last year. I personally think this is one of the better Post-Idol Debut Albums I've heard from an American Idol. Song-writing-wise, it is great. Kris co-wrote 9 o the 12 songs, which is quite impressive. Kris Allen is a musician - not just a singer. He plays the guitar, piano, writes his songs, and sings. Granted, I've only heard 30 second snippets of all the songs and I heard him preview 3 of his songs at a Miami Dolphins Tailgate Party, but that gave a good idea of what the songs were going to be like. I think with this album they're showing simplicity is better. Not over-the-top, overproduced stuff. A few of the highlights I heard were, definitely "Written All Over My Face" was the best song I heard. It's fun, almost sassy. I also liked "Can't Stay Away From You", "Before We Come Undone" and "Alright With Me". "Red Guitar" and "Let It Rain" are also nice. The lead single is just OK. And the rest of the album is just OK. This album doesn't really have a genre - I would put it somewhere near pop-rock. That's why I liked it. Songs like "Alright With Me" and "Red Guitar" sound very fresh from what we hear nowadays, and are very breezy, light songs. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by the 30-second snippets I heard. Happy to hear Kris having some style. You can't really judge a song from 30-seconds snippets, but 3 of them that I reviewed, he previewed the full thing at the Miami Tailgate party. And the other ones, happened to be hitting the refrains, so I got a good idea what they sound like. No Idol album is ever perfect or great, but this one is very fun, likable, and well-put together. I must add, Kris has a sexy voice. :0
jenna16 More than 1 year ago
I love Kris Allen. He has such an amazing voice. "Live Like Were Dying" is an amazing song. I wished he would of added "No Boundaries" On his CD! I can't wait to buy it on Tuesday. After listening to the clips this is an amazing CD! Kris Allen's CD is as good as David Archuleta's CD. I can't wait til Kris Allen goes on tour. He is so talented and I am so happy that he won American Idol. I was a fan of Kris allen from the time he sang, "Man In THe Mirror" He is such a great voice. I hope his CD does well.
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SirBob More than 1 year ago
He left his comfort zone. He was so brilliant on Idol. He should just do accoustic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice selection to add to the collection
pm87 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Kris Allen and he was my favorite on American Idol. I do enjoy some of his songs on this CD, esp "Live like you are Dying", but I have to say, I have only listened to it two times... mostly b/c I thought it was a bit boring. Sorry Kris. I really am a fan!
Milbrath More than 1 year ago
I could not wait for this CD to come out! And now that I have it, I've listened to it so many times I've lost count. I'm biased because I love Kris Allen that much, but I really do like the music. I think there's a certain originality to it that is Kris Allen, and I really like that. I would recommend this CD to anyone who's open to hearing something new and fairly different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my new favorite CD! I absolutely LOVE it! I have played it on repeat since I got it. Kris Allen has an amazing voice! I would highly recommend buying this cd. I even have Kris Allen's 'Red Guitar' on my phone as a ring tone. He is just amazing! I am so glad that he won Americal Idol, he deserved it! I love that his music is not hard rock or anything like that. It is soothing and I just love his voice. I would love to see Kris Allen in concert some day. Even the song "Heartless" (which he sang on American Idol) is on this CD as a bonus! I love his version of that song! I was so excited to have it on this CD. Go buy this CD now!! =)
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Not that great.