Kris Allen Album Review: "Thank You Camellia"
American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen released his sophomore studio album Thank You Camellia on May 22, 2012, via his record label, RCA Records. It is the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed eponymous record, which featured the hit single “Live Like We’re Dying.”
He co-wrote all eleven songs on this CD, which includes a duet with indie songstress Meiko.
The album’s title is a tribute to Camellia Street, where he stayed in Los Angeles in an effort to record this musical project.
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Kris’ CD opens with “Better With You,” which he co-wrote with acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Jason Reeves.
It is followed by his catchy lead single “The Vision of Love” and “My Weakness,” which has a Bruno Mars and Jason Mraz vibe to it. Equally smooth and mellifluous is “Out Alive.”
In “Monster,” his vocals are slightly reminiscent to those of Rob Thomas from Matchbox Twenty, and “Blindfolded” would make a good choice for a future radio single.
Yet another soothing vocal is the ballad “Leave You Alone.” “Teach Me How Love Goes” is a smooth and heartfelt tune, sung beautifully by Kris, and “Rooftops” has a fun groove to it.
In his previous album, Kris has collaborated with Train’s frontman Pat Monahan on “The Truth,” but he is able to outdo himself on the captivating “Loves Me Not” with Meiko.
The Arkansas native closes his 11-track album with the piano-driven “You Got A Way,” however, if fans purchase the deluxe edition of the CD, they will be treated to three additional songs “Turn the Pages,” “Fighters,” as well as a remix of his lead-off single.
Kris Allen shines on Thank You Camellia. It is an exquisite second effort, and more raw and organic that his self-titled CD, and there are no mediocre or filler songs on here. It is evident that he is one of the most underrated singer-songwriters and instrumentalists out there. He sings with a lot of heart, soul, charisma, and integrity. From all of the past Idol alums, his mellow vocals are the greatest fit for adult contemporary radio. One thing is for sure: he sure made Camellia Street and his fans proud! Although 2012 is far from over, this is one of the best albums yet!
For more on Kris Allen and his newest album, check out his official website