Just Like You - Allison Iraheta
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  • Summary: The top female finisher on the eighth season of American Idol releases her debut album.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The muscular, instantly recognizable growl that carried her to a fourth-place finish on American Idol's eighth season is all she needs to seamlessly wed a collection of first-rate ditties.
  2. The boys got most of the attention on “American Idol’’ last season, but fourth-place finisher Allison Iraheta has the last laugh with the most consistent debut album thus far.
  3. Her debut album, Just Like You, has no shortage of commanding pop-rock tunes, but Iraheta really shines when her spirited voice breaks through the precise production.
  4. Just Like You is a workmanlike pop album with shrewdly punky touches, like a ready-made outfit from the mall chain Hot Topic. It flatters Ms. Iraheta as a singer but too often suggests other empowered female stars, like Pink or Brandi Carlile or Kelly Clarkson.
  5. Allison may strongly resemble her idols here, but chalk that up to youth and it doesn’t prevent her from conveying considerable charisma.
  6. That spitfire spirit carries over into the most electrifying moments of Just Like You, a batch of tuff-girl tunes for the torn-fishnets set, but too much of it sounds impermanent, like so much Manic Panic rinsing down the drain.
  7. 'Friday I'll Be Over U' is Scandinavian-designed punk-pop perfection, and 'Robot Love' turns Gary Glitter's 'Rock and Roll Part 2' riff into something fresh. But on ballads like 'Scars,' Iraheta sounds so much like Pink that it's distracting.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. LizR
    Dec 6, 2009
    10
    This album rocks! True raw talent.
  2. LaurenW
    Dec 1, 2009
    10
    Great debut album from Allison! There are many great songs to enjoy with my favorites being "Don't Waste the Pretty" and "Scars." Great debut album from Allison! There are many great songs to enjoy with my favorites being "Don't Waste the Pretty" and "Scars." Allison's interpretation and emotional connection is evident in each song. This only makes her album all the better. Expand
  3. billd
    Dec 2, 2009
    10
    Rare talent showcased to near perfection. 11 out of 13 songs 100% winners.
  4. Beau
    Dec 1, 2009
    9
    Best Idol debut disc to date! From all eight seasons.
  5. MikeM
    Dec 2, 2009
    9
    I really love this cd, its the first post idol cd I have brought since Fantasia. The only song that kind of sucks is robot love. Don't I really love this cd, its the first post idol cd I have brought since Fantasia. The only song that kind of sucks is robot love. Don't Waste The Pretty, Beat Me Up, Just Like You, Im Still Breathing, Scars, Holiday, and Pieces all have potential to be hit singles. The label clearly chose the wrong song as the first single, not that FIBOU is a bad song, it just doesn't represent the album well and seems like it and robot love were thrown on there to make it more marketable to younger audience. Allison voice is terrific she doesn't need to be doing stuff like that let her do that stuff that shines in. Im very pleased with this and I know this is going way out on the limb here but I would not be suprised to see her become the second idol alum nominated in the best new artist at the grammy's come this time next year. Expand
  6. Apr 11, 2013
    8
    amazing debut from Idol alum Allison Iraheta. It has some songs on the weaker side like "Robot Love" and "D Is For Dangerous" but overall itamazing debut from Idol alum Allison Iraheta. It has some songs on the weaker side like "Robot Love" and "D Is For Dangerous" but overall it has a good level of quality, and her vocals are just pop rock at its purest. "Friday Ill Be Over You" Might be my favorite debut single from any former Idol contestant. Expand
  7. JF
    Dec 1, 2009
    0
    Michael Slezak at Entertainment Weekly gives these last Idol finalists way too much love.

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