One Loveby Kimberley Locke
During the second season of American Idol, semifinalist Kimberley Locke impressed judges Paula and Randy, and even won over that meanie Simon, with her smoldering, jazzy pipes. Now, a year after her run on the show, the Nashville native is ready to extend her 15 minutes of fame into a bona fide recording career with the release of her debut disc. Taking a page from her AI competitor and roommate Clay Aiken's songbook, Locke's One Love is heavy on MOR adult contemporary tunes, including the recent Top 40 hit "8th World Wonder" and "Without You," a wholesome duet with Aiken. The disc also mimics the chart-topping format of Season 1 American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson's debut, Thankful, by sprinkling in a few pop-rock and dance-pop tracks (the Christina Aguilerareminiscent "Wrong," the sassy "It's Alright," respectively) and a few R&B-lite tracks (the slow jam "You've Changed," the gospel-tinged "Now I Can Fly"). But while the disc is long on the predictable elements of crossover success, it's short on originality and personality. Locke's vocals are strong, if more than a little monotone, but listeners never get a sense of her individuality as an artist -- an assessment Simon made of the singer, whom he also urged to lose weight. Well, by dropping 20 pounds, the newly svelte Locke is only partway there: Now she needs to develop a signature sound. That said, Locke should feel victorious, since the disc is a far cry better than Aiken's bland, multi-platinum debut, Measure of a Man. And in the long run, that may be the only consolation prize this third runner-up needs.
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- Curb Mod Afw
Performance CreditsKimberley Locke Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Carmen Carter Background Vocals
John Catchings Strings
David Davidson Strings
Reggie Hamilton Bass
Dorian Holley Background Vocals
Herman Jackson Organ
Dan Needham Drums
Andrew Ramsey Bass,Guitar
Lindsay Jamieson Drums
Gabrial McNair Horn
Kamil Rustam Guitar
Mark J. Feist Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Shannon Sanders Trumpet,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jennifer Karr Background Vocals
Jason Freese Horn
Karl Kimmel Background Vocals
Will Sayles Drums
Paul Moak Guitar,Electric Guitar
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
Denaine Jones Background Vocals
Phillip Jordan Horn
Debreca Smith Background Vocals
Kyle Jacobs Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Shaun Shankel Bass,Keyboards
Technical CreditsHarold Arlen Composer
David Foster Composer
Steve Booker Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Darin James drum programming
Richard Marx Composer
Shelly Peiken Composer
Mike Reid Composer
Rick Robbins Cut
Guy Roche Composer,Programming,Producer
Allen Shamblin Composer
Bill Whittington Engineer
Aaron Swihart Engineer
Matt Bronleewe Composer,Producer
Jeremy Bose Programming
Samantha Cole Composer
Andrew Ramsey Programming,Producer
F. Reid Shippen Engineer
Dan Muckala Composer
Kamil Rustam Programming
Steve Mac Composer
Aaron Sain Composer
Rob Fusari Composer
Mark J. Feist Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Balewa Muhammad Composer
Shannon Sanders Composer,Programming,Producer
Jennifer Karr Vocal Arrangements
Bryan Stewart Executive Producer
Falonte Moore Composer
Damon Sharpe Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Dushyant Bhakta Engineer
Kimberley Locke Composer,Executive Producer
Paul Moak Engineer
Tiffany Arbuckle-Lee Composer
Drew Ramsey Composer
Kari Kimmel Composer
Kyle Jacobs Composer
Thad Beaty Composer
Shaun Shankel Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
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You WILL be delightfully surprised at Kim Locke's finely tuned vocals. I am so impressed with this CD that I am going to buy at least 3 to give to friends. Through Curb's poeople's direction and production God has blessed and in turn, Kim's fans and non-fans alike will not be disappointed in this Debut CD. The hooks, lyrics, melodies and overall "feel" of this CD. I'll be listening and singing to it the car for a very long time. Kim could go very far and high with this magnificent compilaton. This CD does not have one bad song it!
Kimberley Locke's voice is the number one reason to buy this CD. She has rich tones, tangible emotionality, and a fantastic range, both in music style and vocalization. "I Could" stands as a superb anthem for unrequited love, but from the perspective of the one not in love, and her re-tooling of "I Can't Make You Love Me" is inspired. The stand out song that shows her emotional connection to her material is her co-written, "You've Changed" and her duet with Clay Aiken, "Without You" could melt even the hardest hearts. This is a must own album!
Having bought and listened to both Clay's and Ruben's CDs (and now Kimberley's), I can honestly say Kimberley's is by far the best CD between last season's three AI finalists. Kimberley has a beautiful voice and I love the attitude she shows in "Wrong" (the third track). The photography on the cover and insert is superb; the photographer really caught Kimberley's beauty. Also, after listening to "Without You" (the duet with Clay), I hope the two of them will collaborate even more in the future; their voices together are perfection! I would bet that Kimberley and Ruben would also sound very good together ... maybe something for them to think about in the future? Looking forward to more from Kimberley in the future. This CD really challenges America's decision in last season's AI finals. (Don't get me wrong; I like both Clay and Ruben. I just think Kimberley has more staying power than either of them.)
This album is a must for anyone who loves music. Her voice is just like silk. So smooth and gentle. She never has a rough vocal at any point of this disc. One word, SUPERB!
This cd is not what i expected at all. I expected songs like "8th world wonder" tunes like that song. If you want this cd to be really pop and the songs to have tunes and for Kimberley Locke to be singing like she does in "8th world wonder" then i recommend u dont get this cd.
What a great debut album every song on the CD is fantastic, there was not a song on there that I did not skip, this is a way better debut album than Kelly Clarkson's Thankful. If you don't have a copy of Kimberley's CD go out there and buy it, cause you don't know what you are missing.
A voice with many talents.
I picked this CD up just for the duet she does with Clay, but have to say that I was very impressed with the entire CD. Not a bad song in the bunch. If you want a great CD that you can listen to over and over, this is a solid choice!
Kimberley Locke is by far the best AI finalist, and I don't even watch American Idol that much. She has a great selection of different styles of music, including jazz, pop, and a bit of R&B. I loved this CD, Its only flaw was the lyrics. The lyrics are a bit corny, but they worked beautiffully with the melody and music. 5 stars!
Kimberly has a wonderful voice. I liked the selection of songs. She'll be around for a long time. I can't wait to watch her evolve and look forward to CD #2.
Kim Locke really has a great voice, and seems like a wonderful person. I'm glad she came out with a CD, I was really looking foward to it, being a huge "Idol buff". However, I don't understand in the review, how she was being compared to Clay and Kelly. They all have a tremendous amount of talent and don't need to be compared to each other. I recomend "Measure of a Man", or "Thankful" over "One Love", but everybody's first album is 'not that great'... BUT a wonderful job done by Ms.Locke and I will always be a fan.
This is a really, really good CD. I highly recommend this album. The songs are upbeat, catchy, and Kimberly's voice is very good.