Live It Up

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Winner of the ninth season of American Idol, the season that will forever be remembered as Simon Cowell's last, Lee DeWyze somehow eked out a victory against neo-hippie soulster Crystal Bowersox, charming with a smarmy shyness that never quite seemed to jibe with a guy who kicked around bars in the suburbs for the better part of a decade. Other Idol winners were journeymen in disguise -- think cornball Taylor Hicks or well-coifed rocker David Cook -- but DeWyze's major-label debut, Live It Up, sounds like the work of a local band that was given a chance to run wild in a professional studio. 19 Recordings team their winner with an army of professionals led by ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Winner of the ninth season of American Idol, the season that will forever be remembered as Simon Cowell's last, Lee DeWyze somehow eked out a victory against neo-hippie soulster Crystal Bowersox, charming with a smarmy shyness that never quite seemed to jibe with a guy who kicked around bars in the suburbs for the better part of a decade. Other Idol winners were journeymen in disguise -- think cornball Taylor Hicks or well-coifed rocker David Cook -- but DeWyze's major-label debut, Live It Up, sounds like the work of a local band that was given a chance to run wild in a professional studio. 19 Recordings team their winner with an army of professionals led by Toby Gad and John Shanks but they don't dictate the direction of the album; they shape DeWyze's singsong strum-alongs and MOR pop into something resembling a triple-A chart hit, letting similarities to Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, and John Mayer stand strong. DeWyze can wrangle a pleasant melody, particularly when he's favoring sunswept SoCal folk-pop. When things are light and simple on Live It Up, DeWyze seems like himself.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/2010
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 886977460920
  • Catalog Number: 774609
  • Sales rank: 127,453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live It Up (3:16)
  2. 2 Sweet Serendipity (3:18)
  3. 3 It's Gotta Be Love (3:36)
  4. 4 Dear Isabelle (2:48)
  5. 5 Beautiful Like You (4:53)
  6. 6 Stay Here (3:42)
  7. 7 Me and My Jealousy (3:34)
  8. 8 Brooklyn Bridge (3:45)
  9. 9 Weightless (3:10)
  10. 10 Earth Stood Still (3:18)
  11. 11 A Song About Love (2:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee DeWyze Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Kenny Aronoff Drums
Shawn Pelton Drums
John Shanks Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
David Glass Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
David Hodges Guitar, Percussion, Piano
Busbee Bass
Charlie Judge Keyboards, Synthesizer Strings
Chris "Rockwell" Destefano Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Garcia Vocal Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Andy Stochansky Composer
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
John Shanks Composer, Producer
David Glass Composer, Programming, Producer
Espen Lind Composer, Engineer
Zac Maloy Composer
Lindy Robbins Composer
Adam Hawkins Engineer
Ross Petersen Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
David Hodges Composer, Producer, Engineer
Toby Gad Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Engineer, Instrumentation
Thomas Salter Composer
Claude Kelly Composer
Lee DeWyze Composer
Jilann O'Neill Groomer
Francis Murray Engineer
Dan Chase Programming
Christina Rodriguez Art Direction
Busbee Composer
Amund Bjorklund Composer, Engineer
Chris "Rockwell" Destefano Programming, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Jordan Lawhead Composer
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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Enjoyable CD from a New Artist

    I bought this CD because I enjoyed Lee's performances on American Idol--the first season I've watched since Season 1. I love his growly singer-songwriter style, so I was expecting good things from his album and I wasn't disappointed. To my mind there isn't a bad track on this CD, with my favorites being Brooklyn Bridge, which has a soulful jazz vibe, and Me & My Jealousy, which is big and driving and catchy. I think it would be great as his second single.

    I'm done with American Idol--I don't think the changes they're making this year are ones I'll care to watch--but I'm glad I got hooked on Season 9 and found a performer I really enjoy. I've bought several copies of this CD for friends and family, and I'll be there to purchase any subsequent albums as well. And btw, I strongly suggest you check out his pre-Idol CDs, Slumberland and So I'm Told, which are also excellent albums if you like his style. Bravo, Lee!

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