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… See more details below

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

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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
Larry Greenfield   Violin
Christopher Bautista   Trumpet
Zach Rae   Keyboards
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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