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This rough-around-the-edges singer broke the American Idol mold, making it all the way to the fourth season's final with his robust brand of heartland rock -- nothing too threatening, just good old-fashioned belting in the manner of Seger and Mellencamp. That's pretty much the approach Bo Bice takes on his debut album, a disc that, unlike most of its AI predecessors, isn't endlessly polished, even though it's laden with contributions from the usual songwriting suspects. The runner-up wants folks to believe that he's exactly what the disc's title claims, and doggone if he doesn't make a pretty convincing case, whether he's wringing the emotion from a power ballad like ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
This rough-around-the-edges singer broke the American Idol mold, making it all the way to the fourth season's final with his robust brand of heartland rock -- nothing too threatening, just good old-fashioned belting in the manner of Seger and Mellencamp. That's pretty much the approach Bo Bice takes on his debut album, a disc that, unlike most of its AI predecessors, isn't endlessly polished, even though it's laden with contributions from the usual songwriting suspects. The runner-up wants folks to believe that he's exactly what the disc's title claims, and doggone if he doesn't make a pretty convincing case, whether he's wringing the emotion from a power ballad like the instantly infectious title track or getting in touch with his inner southern testifier on the organ-laced "Valley of Angels." At times, Bice takes too many leads from his writers -- the Richie Sambora–composed "Remember Me" could pass for a Bon Jovi outtake -- but he stops short of being cast as a puppet. That has a lot to do with the undeniable power and flexibility of his singing voice, which he puts to best use on the disc's more rugged tracks, particularly the swaggering "Lie...It's Alright." The dual-disc version of The Real Thing gives a bit more insight into the real Bo by offering up three songs he wrote and recorded with Sugar Money, his pre-Idol band -- a combo that shows no sign of being able to change the world but gives every indication of delivering a good time on a roadhouse Saturday night. That's Bice's main goal, and as long as he keeps on this path, he'll never fall short of achieving it.
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. [The album was also released in the DualDisc format.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/2005
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767247328
  • Catalog Number: 72473

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Real Thing
  2. 2 You're Everything
  3. 3 U Make Me Better
  4. 4 Nothing Without You
  5. 5 My World
  6. 6 Remember Me
  7. 7 Hold on to Me
  8. 8 Lie...It's Alright
  9. 9 It's My Life
  10. 10 Willing to Try
  11. 11 Vallety of Angels
  12. 12 Bo Bice: A Day in the Life
  13. 13 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME !!!! TRY IT, BUY IT!!!

    I honestly cannot find a bad song on this CD. The dual disc gives you a peek into the life of a newcomer making music, and you get to hear 3 other songs which are acoustic and you really get to hear Bo in these tracks. If I have to choose a favorite on this CD I guess you could bend my arm, but I would be hard pressed to find a favorite. I love them all. This is a must buy and easy to listen to all the way through, over and over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fact-checking optional?

    Not only was "Remember Me" NOT written by Richie Sambora, but it bears not even slightest resemblance to anything ever done by Bon Jovi--by ANY stretch of the imagination. It is, however, my favorite song on this excellent CD. Rock lives again... thank you, Bo, for resurrecting it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This isn't the real Bo Bice

    This guy has the voice and the potential to be the next great Southern rock singer in the mold of Ronnie Van Zant & Greg Allman. Instead, they have tried to turn him into some kind of cheesey modern day Rick Springfield. I was excited about this album, but now only disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well worth the wait

    A good mix of songs, esp. like The Real Thing and Valley of Angels, showcases his voice and his feelings without being sappy, wish there were more songs on the CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT DEBUT!

    This CD is everything I expected it to be! Bo really sounds wonderful. The songs are very good, too. Definitely worth buying.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo Bice IS The Real Thing

    I fell in love with his style when he did a cover of The Whipping Post on American Idol. The CD is rock music and the band is great. The best part is the voice. Bo has an awesome voice (as witnessed in his a capella performance on previously mentioned show). I have been waiting for this CD to be released and I have to say - I am not disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo is "The Real Thing"

    Bo has a winner on his hands here. All the tracks are great..I especially love Valley Of Angels and You're everything 2 different styles but Pure BO..Valley of Angels was written by Bo collaborating with Cliff Magness and Kara..This song is a beautiful touching song that shows his songwriting ability off so well. "You're Everything" was written especially for Bo by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and he rocks this song...the lyrics are catchy and have you singing along. BO doing this live is a pure treat. The rest of the tracks show his voice in a more pop way but if you loved him singing "Don't let the sun go down" on Idol you'll love these.. I personally love hearing Bo try different styles it shows what a multi-faceted performer he really is.. Bo fans will not be disappointed with it..I loved it... Bo, your fans love you Keep on Rockin...Much Love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BO BICE IS THE REAL THING

    The guy is outside the box............he is true to himself and his fans.......each song is unique and has its own appeal...............the more you listen, the better it gets.................been so tired of new music out, until this guy came along..........have bought everything he puts out and cannot wait for more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love the DVD

    Yall have just got to get this dualdisc...the DVD of a day in the life is fantastic, and the extra cuts are pure Bo (since they were written by him.) This is a great debut CD!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love it

    Awesome, I was definitely not disappointed by Bo's first CD. Valley of Angels is so beautiful, and perfect for Christmas time!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding, totally listenable

    Completely and totally addicting. There is not a "filler" tune in the collection. And Bo sounds great. Especially strong tracks: The Real Thing, You're Everything, Remember Me, and the absolutely gorgeous Valley of Angels (co-written by Bo). It is actually very hard to pick out the best tunes, the collection is that strong and cohesive. For Bo fans expecting a Southern rock CD: you will like this anyway but be sure to get the Dual Disc because it has incredible bonus tracks written by Bo that fall more within the Southern rock he does so perfectly: Cinnamon & Novacaine, Sinner and a Sin, and Whiskey Women & Time. I've heard these songs live in concert, and they are SMOKIN'. Anyone who can see Bo in concert, DO IT, this guy is a force of nature on stage. This CD is a total winner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Where's Our Rocker Bo?

    I guess I loved the crashing all out style of real rockin Bo. This album is good and shows off his vocal ability but it's a liitle too polished for my taste. There are some songs that have soul , but I want a whole album like that!!! I wanted a pic of Bo on the cover with hair aflyin', grabbin that mic and givin his all. Maybe the next one?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Real Thing - It s Good for a First Album CD

    No, you won't be hearing much of the AI Bo's gritty growling vocals, except for Willing to Try, Nothing Without You,and Valley of the Angels, because most of the CD is over produced. The single, The Real Thing, is a catchy tune for radio play. The more and more I hear the song, it grows on me. You're Everything is a fun song where you crank up the volume. My favorites are Willing to Try and Valley of Angels. We knew this CD album would not be perfect, but I'm still recommending everyone to buy the dual disk, because there is something for everyone. Bo Bice is on his way to becoming a big star in the music industry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo Bice IS "The Real Thing"

    Bo Bice is truly a remarkable and talented artist. His performances are a breath of fresh air! This CD was well worth the wait!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome Debut CD

    Awesome CD, Real, True and Pure, just like the Bo we grew to love on Idol. Standing Ovation!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Blown Away

    I wanted so badly for Bo's debut album to be good and not only did I get my wish---it was surpassed!!!! Bo's songs are catchy, singable and memorable!!!! Smells like success to me!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bo's dual disc is a slam dunk!

    I've been lucky enough to be able to hear previews of most of the tracks on this CD. It is extremely appealing and listenable. Bo fans will be very pleased and he'll make a ton of new fans with this. The Real Thing, Remember Me, You're Everything... the kinds of tracks that record themselves in your head. Addicting. PLUS, the bonus DVD side is pure vintage Bo, with material he has written. The song Whiskey, Women and Time is a Southern rock smoker with serious crossover potential. This is perhaps my favorite on the entire CD. Cinnamon Novocaine is very, very catchy. Sinner and a Sin is soul-baring, introspective. For any of you who have not seen Bo perform in a live show, you are in for a treat. He lays it out there and he is absolutely The Real Thing, and every rocker he's worked with (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio, Scott Ian, Ben Moody, etc.) has backed that up publicly. Forget American Idol. Bo is so far beyond that. He is authentic.

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