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Michael Sarver
     

Michael Sarver

by Michael Sarver
 
Michael Sarver finished in the Top Ten of American Idol's ninth season, and hopes to follow fellow Idol stars Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, and Phil Stacey onto the country music charts. Sarver has a good voice, he wouldn't have lasted on Idol if he

Overview

Michael Sarver finished in the Top Ten of American Idol's ninth season, and hopes to follow fellow Idol stars Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, and Phil Stacey onto the country music charts. Sarver has a good voice, he wouldn't have lasted on Idol if he didn't, but like many Idol singers, he has a tendency to mistake volume for sincerity. On the positive side, Sarver wrote or co-wrote six of the album's 13 tracks, and they're among the album's strongest tunes here. "Watch Me" is a country rocker about a poor country boy overcoming adversary, and despite a lyric loaded with clichés, Sarver makes the song come alive. "Tell Me," a ballad about a son confronting a dad who left the family in poverty, gets a sincere reading that makes it truly moving. "Gonna Be a Good Night" is a bluesy country-rocker with hard, metallic guitar and plenty of energy, while "I'm in the Mood" is a sensual, albeit PG, love song. When Sarver slides up to falsetto on the chorus, he sounds really sexy. "Cinderella Girl" has a dark bluesy vibe, but it's a tribute to the passion between a husband and wife that the years can't extinguish. "You Are," the one tune he wrote on his own, is a solid, simmering song with a soulful vocal. The rest of the material sounds like Nashville product, a collection of clichés with serviceable but unexceptional melodies. The exceptions are "Always Surviving," a working-class rocker about a kid who triumphs over the schoolyard bullies to become a good father; "Ferris Wheel," the album's first single and a decent love song; and "The Way She Loves Me," another PG love song that Sarver manages to imbue with a believable passion.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/27/2010
Label:
Dream Records
UPC:
0044003792371
catalogNumber:
010

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Performance Credits

Michael Sarver   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Kenny Greenberg   Electric Guitar
Gordon Mote   Piano,Keyboards
Mike Rojas   Piano,Keyboards
Perry Coleman   Background Vocals
Tom Bukovac   Electric Guitar
Mark Hill   Bass
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Rachel Thibodeau   Background Vocals
Zach Logan   Musician
Tate Huff   Musician
Tyler Logan   Musician
Joel Bodker   Musician
Nick Buda   Drums
Ilya Toshinskiy   Electric Dobro
Jessica Vega   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Niko Bolas   Engineer
Tony Palacios   Producer
Todd Taylor   Composer
Cameron Randle   Executive Producer
Andrew Rollins   Composer
Rivers Rutherford   Composer,Producer
Josh Kelley   Composer
Ben Glover   Composer,Producer
Matthew Barnett   Executive Producer
Rachel Thibodeau   Composer,Producer
Michael Sarver   Composer
Tate Huff   Engineer
Kyle Jacobs   Composer,Producer
Joe Leathers   Composer
David Hanley   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Terry Sawchuck   Composer
Tebey Ottoh   Composer
Tom Malkiewicz   Engineer
Tisha Sanchez   Composer
Sebastian Trott   Composer
Landon Sheely   Layout

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