Farmer's Daughter - Crystal Bowersox
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  • Summary: The major-label debut from the American Idol star sticks to her style on the show--folk-tinged, reflective rock reminiscent of the early-'60s era.
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. 80
    She has a keen, finely honed pop instinct all her own.
  2. Dec 13, 2010
    When the production and the outside songwriters stay out of her way, Bowersox expertly works the territory between folk and country.
  3. Dec 13, 2010
    Her debut album, Farmer's Daughter, is consistent with the singer-songwriter's public persona, then, because it finds her attempting to rise above production values that are fundamentally at odds with what she does well.
  4. Dec 20, 2010
    All in all, Farmer's Daughter is better than you might expect, which isn't to say it's great. Too many tracks aim straight for the middle.
  5. 50
    If Farmer's Daughter feels like one of the most genuine Idol-contestant debuts yet, it's also one of the dullest, with Bowersox hitting every note exactly the way you expect her to.
  6. Dec 13, 2010
    If she had the right co-writers, the kind who could pull melodies out of her sincere strumming and down-home jamming -- the kind the whole American Idol empire was designed to bring into the equation -- Farmer's Daughter would deliver on Bowersox's promise instead of sounding like a local singer/songwriter performing on a stage she's too modest to fill.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Dec 15, 2010
    Crystal's songs are beautiful and her lyrics are honest and real. I love her melodies and have to say, I really like the songs she writes without anybody else best. I'm looking forward to seeing Crystal's career blossom. I do prefer songs like Holy Toledo, Farmer's Daughter, and Speak Now, that have a folky sound to them. I prefer that to the more country sounding songs but all in all, this is an excellent debut. Expand
  2. Dec 23, 2010
    I don't watch American Idol, but a friend urged me to listen to this girl's CD. I'm very impressed. Her song Arlene is worth the price of admission alone - it brings to mind early Lucinda Williams. Excellent work. Expand
  3. Dec 18, 2010
    As promised by the end of the show, Crystal brings back the 60s folksy, throw-back music with a up-to-date sound in her debut album "Farmer's Daughter". She explores the different genres in its root-sy forms and puts her trademark soulful grit making the debut one of the most original Americana music currently on the shelves. This CD could actually teach kids about the history of music and how it has evolved to what we hear today, it has that much diversity in it. Moreover it also touches the soul of the listener with also being one of the most personal albums ever put out. Lyrically brilliant songs like Farmer's Daughter and Holy Toledo should garner the attention of the award critics and the whole album just takes us on a journey into the life of an artist who has lived. I give this album an absolute 10/10. Congratulations Crystal! Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2010
    Despite occasionally treading some pretty unexciting territory, Farmer's Daughter is a very strong debut for Idol's folk-tinged Crystal Bowersox. Her songwriting is honest and thoughtful, a refreshing change from the typical post-Idol fare. Crystal might not blaze up the charts with her old-school sounds, but her future is very bright if this album is any indication. Expand
  5. Dec 20, 2010
    This would be a strong debut album from any artist, I don't listen to this type a music and I gave it an 8. Its my second favorite album for and Idol artist, the first being Allison Iraheta's debut from last year. Expand
  6. Dec 14, 2010
    Crystal has a pretty voice, these songs are so boring they put me to sleep! Very weak, country leaning album! So Crystal "Whatever happened With the good old rocking roll" sure is not on this album. Maybe should of got some pros to help with your so so writing skills! Disappointed fan. Collapse