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Elliott Yamin

Elliott Yamin

4.9 53
by Elliott Yamin
He finished third on American Idol's 2006 season, and Elliott Yamin has fans to spare awaiting his debut. A star on the following AI tour, Elliott makes his own way with this album, featuring the single "Movin' On."


He finished third on American Idol's 2006 season, and Elliott Yamin has fans to spare awaiting his debut. A star on the following AI tour, Elliott makes his own way with this album, featuring the single "Movin' On."

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In retrospect, it's hard not to wish that underdog Elliott Yamin won the fifth season of American Idol. Ever a likeable, humble soul, Yamin never had as clearly defined a personality as Taylor Hicks, the white-haired leader of the Soul Patrol who wound up besting Elliott. If Hicks seemed like a bit like a seasoned bar band pro, Elliott always seemed like the neighborhood boy made good, a guy with a cockeyed grin (sadly now corrected with veneers; thanks cosmetic dentistry for all your modern wonders!), a guy with a fixation on Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder who felt more comfortable slyly delivering the jazzy soul of "Moody's Mood for Love" than belting out barroom blues-rock à la Taylor. In other words, not only was he kinda shy but his gifts were subtle too -- the perfect ingredients to be a beloved underground on a televised competition, but not quite enough to push him into the winner's circle. But if he had won, he would have been well suited to the adult contemporary soul that producers would have pushed on him, the kind of soul that Taylor shunned in order to deliver a record that would have been more welcome in 1986 than 2006. Yamin, however, would have been willing to work with the powers that be, as he clearly demonstrates on this eponymous debut, which positions him as product instead of a personality. Since Elliott is a very good, very versatile singer, sounding more assured on record than Katharine and sliding into different styles with an ease that Taylor never bothers with, this is a bit of a shame. Removed from the show, he remains a sweet, soulful singer, somebody who gently draws you into a song, and he sounds equally comfortable with the jazzy R&B of "Movin' On" as he does deliberate soft rock, typified by the slow, steady "I'm the Man." He's best when there's a heavy dose of smooth soul -- the sultry, slow Hi grooves of "Train Wreck," which proves that the stuttering Usher wanna be "Alright" just isn't his style: it's too rushed, too hurried, and it doesn't showcase the rich tones of his voice to his advantage. Which only proves that he's not very contemporary unless he's adult contemporary, and the AC here is just as likely to be sleepy as it is to be appealing (the Jon Secada-styled "Find a Way" and "Free" are standouts). Unfortunately, there's just a shade too much of that calculated material here, and the production is just a bit too clean and colorless to rise above many similarly styled AC albums, but it's never Elliott's fault. He still sounds effortless and charming, which is why it's a shame he doesn't have the support he would have had if had won Idol: he would have had the biggest budget and the best collaborators, something that would help him make a record as distinctive as he is. Here, he and his producers try a little bit of everything -- a little old-fashioned soul, a little new-fashioned R&B, a lot of adult contemporary, a good cover of "A Song for You" -- in hopes that something will stick, leaving him as a singer in search of a style to call his own.

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Release Date:
Hickory Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elliott Yamin   Primary Artist
Derek Bramble   Bass,Keyboards
Josh Freese   Drums
Michael Hunter   Trumpet
John McCurry   Guitar
Miguel Rivera   Tambourine
Taj Jackson   Background Vocals
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Steve Baxter   Trombone
Espen Lind   Guitar
Amy Wood   Drums
Raymond Angry   Piano
Oliver Goldstein   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano
Caesar Griffin   Drums
Ely Rise   Synthesizer,Strings,Keyboards
Dave Borla   Drums
Honey Larochelle   Background Vocals
Adam Pallin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Derek Bramble   Programming,Producer
Mike Mangini   Producer
Taj Jackson   Vocal Producer
Tony Reyes   Vocal Producer
Jefferey Rabhan   Executive Producer
Espen Lind   Instrumentation
Ryan Williams   Engineer
Josh Abraham   Producer,Executive Producer
Brian Porizek   Art Direction
Karl Egsieker   Engineer
Tor Erik Hermanson   Instrumentation
Oliver Goldstein   Programming
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Instrumentation
Espionage   Producer
Adam Pallin   Programming

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Elliott Yamin 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A voice that moves the soul and fills the heart...........wonderful emotionally charged renditions of original songs....a talent to be reckoned with. Elliott Yamin is on his way to musical stardom.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elliott brings soul, passion, and truth to the songs on this CD. The richness of his voice makes Elliott shine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Smooth, delicious, sexy, and satisfying. These samples just whet my appetite. Fantastic. I can't wait to hear the entire CD.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Evidently, no matter what type of song he sings - as this album shows - Elliott's voice is spectacular and distinctive. I hear his heart and soul in each song that he sings. He unabashedly pours out his emotions and it definitely reaches the listeners. I want another album and more!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow. The voice is amazing and so are the tracks - all different but great! I hope Elliott keeps making music for a long, long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is simply an amazing debut album. The variety of songs, from the soothing, old-school tinged "Train Wreck" to the upbeat and fun "Alright," this album has something for everyone. Of course, Elliott's passionate and golden vocals are what truly makes this album a standout. A must buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We agree with all those others who gave it a 5. It's soulful, it's beautiful, it's GREAT! We love Stevie Wonder and we love Elliott (we being my husband and me). We think this album is something everyone should buy!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Extremely (and pleasantly) surprised and pleased with what I've heard so far of the content of his first album. Cannot wait to listen to and enjoy the whole thing. I think this boy will be around a long time...he's got lots of potential and he's just getting started (and his new very sexy look sure helps!). Very very impressive for his first try!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved it. Every song is different and unique in its own right. Elliott's voice sounds unbelievable. Loved it..............
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elliott's voice has stood out in my mind since his very first American Idol audition. He is a tremendous talent, and it shows on this CD. I am thrilled for him - he deserves much success.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ONE word for the CD and ELLIOTT'S voice -AMAZING. Don't agree that "It's Alright" was rushed --just a song that has an up beat tempo that helps you get up off the floor after falling out from listening to Trainwreck and You Take My Breath Away -- JUST what I did..This GUY is truly AMAZING..And you can understand EVERY word of EVERY SONG. Just wish Moody's Move for Love was on the CD A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This boy's got soul!! I think it suits him just fine that he was not the next American Idol. He's my Idol. It gave him the chance to have input on his first CD that he would not have had. And, ohhh, that voice!! I can sleep easy tonight!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All the songs are fantastic!! Elliott made the best CD I've ever heard.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is by far one of my favorite. I just can't stop listening to it. There is so much meaning in every song that I can relate to! Thank you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've always loved the sound of his voice, but these songs, many of which he wrote or helped write, are amazing. They really show off the great talent of Yamin. If this CD is any indication of what we can expect from him, Elliott is going to be around for a LONG time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great voice. No doubt he'll stay in the charts for a long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album moves with so much sophistication and power. You can feel Elliott progressing himself as he sings every note. The right one for this type of music...Good music! Trust!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hard to pick out a favorite song when there are so many standouts. "I'm the Man" may be best of all, but "Wait for You," "One Word," "Alright," and several others all vie for the top spot. Elliott is so far and away the best singer ever to emerge from "American Idol" that no others need apply!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elliott has a wonderful voice,and this cd really showcases that.particular favorites are Trainwreck and Take my breath away.just Emazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful vocalist, Elliott delivers and proves that he is by far one of the best Idols ever. At first I was disappointed in some of the heavy bass, but in time the songs define themselves and I'm reminded...he is a young man, after all. His appeal is widespread, however, and I hope this is the start of a long and wonderful career.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no denying it, Elliott Yamin has a fantastic voice. This is one of the few R&B/Hip-hop like albums I have ever enjoyed. My only quibble is that sometimes Elliott over-does the vocal gymnastics. Just sing the songs straight once in a while! Otherwise, this is an album that most Yaminions will adore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My emmotions run high whenever I hear Mr Yamin sing, be it a most revered "classic" or a more contemporary pop tune. I would call sincerity the main attribute of this artist. He's not afraid to put his voice out front, pure and raw , without studio props and enhancements. But being blessed with such an exceptional natural gift, he can afford to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I counted down the days to Elliot's album release, and I went to purchase it before going in to work that morning. What an absolute treasure. I love it, love it, love it. His voice is like delicate kisses. A wonderful treat to be desired for a very long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elliott Yamin has one of the most gifted voices I have heard in a long time. There is a little bit for everyone from the upbeat tempo of "Movin On" to the bluesy "I am the Man" and my favorite "Trainwreck". Listen to the sound bites and you will be hooked and want to buy the whole album.