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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Early on in the fourth season of American Idol the powers that be dubbed the season the battle of the rockers, because for the first time ever, AmIdol had not one but two rock vocalists as prime contenders. First, there was Constantine Maroulis, a music-theater veteran singing overheated, outdated grunge who dominated the audition rounds, becoming an early favorite. His rival didn't appear until the tail end of the auditions. His name was Bo Bice, a bearded longhair who seemed as if he stepped out of central casting for a Southern rocker. Bo catapulted to front-runner status as soon as he belted out a gritty, soulful version of "Whipping Post" in one of the first shows of the season. It was easily the hardest-rocking thing ever heard on American Idol and as the weeks went by, Bo proved that he was versatile, singing ballads as effectively as the rockers -- a feat that proved to be a bit of a stumbling block for Constantine, who truly shined only when he acknowledged his bent for theatricality, as on a startlingly good version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Soon, that lack of versatility becameMaroulis' Achilles' heel and the battle of the rockers petered out into a competition between Bo and Carrie Underwood, a sweet girl-next-door country singer who eventually won the tightest AmIdol contest since Ruben Studdard squeaked out a victory over Clay Aiken on the second season. On Bo's album debut, The Real Thing, 19 Entertainment, exec producer Clive Davis, and the whole American Idol album crew place the singer into an alt-rock setting somewhere between Nickelback and Bon Jovi. Bo sounds like other mainstream male rock singers in 2005 -- his songs have verses that surge into anthemic choruses where heavy guitars kick in, inching the volume up to a point where it becomes a glossy wall of digital sound. The music is tightly wound and meticulously clean. While this doesn't necessarily play to Bo's strengths, there are some good, professional tunes co-written by either Jon Bon Jovi or his longtime partner Richie Sambora. Elsewhere, 19 paired him with Ben Moody from Evanescence, Ashlee Simpson's collaborator Kara DioGuardi, and Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, for a set of mildly active rock.
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  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767119625
  • Catalog Number: 71196

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Real Thing (3:22)
  2. 2 You're Everything (3:33)
  3. 3 U Make Me Better (3:49)
  4. 4 Nothing Without You (3:47)
  5. 5 My World (3:18)
  6. 6 Remember Me (3:48)
  7. 7 Hold on to Me (3:48)
  8. 8 Lie...It's Alright (3:30)
  9. 9 It's My Life (3:25)
  10. 10 Willing to Try (4:19)
  11. 11 Valley of Angels (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bo Bice Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Richie Sambora Guitar, Background Vocals, Soloist
Marti Frederiksen Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Various
Clif Magness Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Jamie Muhoberac Piano
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
The Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Joey Waronker Drums
Julia Waters Background Vocals
John Shanks Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Max Martin Multi Instruments, Various
Mitch Allan Bass, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Chad Kroeger Guitar
Steven Wolf Drums
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Daniel Adair Drums
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Multi Instruments, Various
David Spidel Bass
John Allen Percussion, Drums
Ryan Brown Drums
Technical Credits
Jon Bon Jovi Composer
Richie Sambora Composer
Jess Cates Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Marti Frederiksen Composer, Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Clif Magness Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dennis Matkosky Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Mikal Reid Drum Engineering
John Shanks Composer, Producer
Max Martin Producer, Audio Production
Mitch Allan Composer, Producer
Chad Kroeger Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Lindy Robbins Composer
Josh Wilbur Engineer
Joe Moi Audio Production
Gayle Boulware Management
Dan Certa Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Brian Paturalski Engineer
Jorge Vivo Pro-Tools
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Todd Tidwell Engineer
Lasse Mårtén Engineer
Ben Moody Producer
Bo Bice Composer
Aaron Kasdorf Engineer, Drum Engineering
Simon Renshaw Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BEST CD EVERRRR!!!!!!!!

    Bo Bice is the Real thing, i cannot believe how great this cd is. i listen to it everyday, know all the lyrics it is the best cd ever, its hard to pick a favorite song but i guess mine is "lie..its alright" it is really rock, fast, and everything Bo! im so glad his mom made that bet with him or else who knows if he would have this awesome album out! im sure he would have an album out but i dunno if i would have heard of it. GO BO GO!!! i voted sooo much for him on idol. i love him and carrie. they are awesome. but this cd is by far better than carries. GET THE Cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    doesn't sound like him

    I loved Bo on AI, but this albumn doesn't do him justice. There is so much backround music, it distorts HIS sound. Hope in his next albumn we hear the true Bo we all fell in love with!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bice is GREAT, album a little too pop for me

    I love Bo Bice, he's been a breath of fresh air. I love his personality, his voice, his funky/southern/soulful/rock sound. I was a bit dissapointed in the new album as it seems he was pushed too far into mainstream pop....BUT it's still great and like Kim from GA said...it grows on you. My 5yo daughter loves it. Bo you are an awesome new talent that I'm sure will go right to the top..I hope your next album features some of that soulful passion you displayed on AI. Stay true to yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hurry up December 13th!

    After listening to the clips and having heard the full length versions of many of these songs I cannot wait to get Bo's album! I would give the song Valley of Angels 5 stars alone because it is such a beautiful song. It brought tears to my eyes as I was listening to it because Bo's voice and the words to that song are simply stunning. My other favorites are Remember Me, U Make Me Better, Willing To Try and Nothing Without You. These songs are fantastic and I can't wait to get this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Bo would be better!

    I bought this CD because I loved Bo's Southern Rock style on Idol. The CD is OK - too "pop" for my taste but I still love the texture of Bo's voice. Next time let Bo record his own songs with his own band!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best CD I've heard this year...

    I purchased this a few weeks ago having no idea it would be so good. It ranks up there with the best... The collaboration on this CD makes it one of the best break out albums of all time. The songs will catch you and follow you throughout your day...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a reviewer

    I love bo bice so much. I bought his cd at fye music store today.Bo bice is my favorite singer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give It A Chance

    The first time I listened to Bo's CD I must admit I was slightly disappointed. There were a few songs that I instantly loved, a couple that I really didn't care for and the rest I thought were OK. I think, like most people, that it just wasn't what I was expecting. The more I listened to it the more I came to like it, now I LOVE IT, even the couple of songs that I originally didn't care for, I like. If you have only listened to it once or twice, give it a few more spins before you judge it. You will begin to notice more and more of the growls, the wailing and the moans of the REAL Bo and he hits the really high notes to perfection. If you haven't bought his CD yet, (first of all, shame on you) you should buy the dual disc. The three bonus songs are excellent and they were written by Bo. He is an excellent songwriter and hopefully he will be able to display that on future releases. Although he did co-write two of the songs on the regular CD, and they are very, very good. If you're still sitting on the fence, or haven't bought it because of the negative reviews, give it a chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BO ROCKS

    This is going to be an AWSOME album! I'm a big Bo Bice fan, and i can't wait for it to come out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo Bice has a gift!

    This album is great! Bo is a true rocker and his collaboration with Clive Davis, a winner. I only wish there were one or two songs that he had performed on American Idol. Now that this is out, I can't wait for Constantine's album to come out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not "The Real Thing"

    It seems as though the writers of this album were in a rut, using the same background for many of the songs. There's a couple good ones to start and a couple good at the end, but the middle of the CD is kind of a snooze. Bo only actually got to write one of the songs that's on the album and that was Clive's biggest mistake. Bo's song "Valley of Angels" really shows his talent, and reminds me of the Bo that I grew to love on American Idol. I am looking forward to a second albumn in which Bo gets to write all the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Would still vote for Constantine.

    This cd isn't terrible, but it could be better. It's too much pop and not enough rock. The reason most people voted for Bo was because he was different and not pop. This cd is pop/rock with a leaning toward slow pop. Vocally he's not bad at all, though over-produced. I hope his next one is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TERRIBLE- TOTAL MISFIRE

    The Jury is in on this one and it's not good news. Over-produced, lackluster songs, weak lyrics, the first ten songs almost all sound the same and sounds nothing like the Bo Bice we heard on American Idol. It's power pop and bad imitations of Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, and the kitchen pop sink thrown in. Only on the last song do we get a glimpse of the Bice we knew and it's a good song. But not enough to recommend. Give this one a pass. If you must buy it, don't say you weren't warned.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Okay--Not great

    CD is okay. Amusing that the "reviews" posted on here are prior to even listening to the CD. Shouldn't the B&N rules include having listened to the music prior to writing a review on it?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Way to go Bo!!

    This CD is terrific! I especially love "Willing to try" and "Valley of Angels", the latter which was written by Bo. It's sure to win Bo many new fans (and if you want to see and hear the "real" Bo, pick up the dualdisc, which has some original Bo and SugarMoney tunes on it!! A must have for any fan!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This album is fantastic

    I am in love with this album. There is a variety of songs from pop to southern rock. I honestly love every song on this album. There are some real gems especially Valley of Angels, Hold On, Its My Life and Willing to Try. Bo has every reason to be proud. Buy it you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I'm pretty disappointed with this album

    "The Real Thing" sounds as if bo is trying to stay loyal to american idol fans. If he would get past that and just bring back some good ol' fashion rock and roll, he could be amazing. Every song I hear sounds like it was written for middle aged women who adored him on american idol which very well may be the case. Hopefully in his next album, he can have the chance to really rock it out and show off his voice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's not Southern Rock Bo but it's still Bo!

    I was not sure what to expect with this cd since it would not have been easy to get radio to play Bo's originals (or a song like "Spinning Wheel") in the current music business today. I've listened to the cd about 10 times now and I'm now hooked on every song. It's not about the pop rockiness of the music, it's about enjoying Bo's voice. If you love Bo's voice and his charm and his warm heart and and his passion for music and all the things that matter in life, get this cd. Put on your headphones and relax and let his voice take you away. My favorite song so far is the sexy "You're Everything". Also good is his own soulful song "Valley of the Angels" and the uplifting hopeful "Hold on to Me." Anyone who things this cd is too pop rock for them will still enjoy at least a couple of these songs. Come on, it's BO! Bo is lovable. Get his cd. Show Bo how much you believe in him.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo Nice

    There are over 42 credits on Bo Bice's debut album but he did it himself. It was tempting to think that American Idol was housing a genuine southern rock rebel or at least a southern pop Eagles son, but anybody who truly believed that underestimated how much Simon Cowell knows his own show. Bice is a pop artist, as pop as Fantasia, as pop as 80's Elton, and no amount of cowboy hats and boot fit jeans is going to change that. Predictably, this is adult pop with a so called rugged sheen similar to the effect Mariah Carey was trying for when they grated tape hiss onto one of her records. It's not that it's a disappointment that's surprising. It's how anybody could have expected more that's the real shocker.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The refelection of a real man

    Great,great, even better than expected! It seeems a long time since the Idol final show and the dissapointment of a runner up position for Bo Bice but I will assure you that the wait has been worth your time. The Real Thing is astonishing and something that you can give as a Christmas gift to all ages on your Christmas list, from young to old. Buy it. it is good, clean, and honest talent at work

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