Live It Up

Live It Up

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by Lee DeWyze
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/2010
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0886977460920
catalogNumber:
774609
Rank:
130350

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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
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 Peterson   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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Live It Up 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Linda_Lou75 More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago