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  • Summary: This is the first major label album for the winner of the eighth season of American Idol.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Despite scoring writing credits on an impressive nine of these 13 tracks, Allen gets himself stylistically lost somewhere between Fly White Guy Avenue ('Can't Stay Away') and Bleeding Heart Boulevard ('The Truth'), while rarely visiting original territory.
  2. It’s a seamless continuation of his “Idol” run, full of gentle songs that he only rarely tries to rough up. The flattening of the recording process suits him well.
  3. Unhip it may be by design, but at least Kris Allen delivers the goods: it’s tuneful and likeable, melodic enough to merit a close listen.
  4. Sure, there are a handful of half-decent cuts included here, but even they have limited lasting value. Meanwhile, the filler (arguably half the LP) is mind-numbingly boring.
  5. The likability that helped Allen win last season is so carefully low-key here that it's nearly lost.
  6. The surprising and effective acoustic arrangement of West's song demonstrated that Allen has some genuine interpretive skill, but the studio version here layers on a heavy-handed drum machine that sounds like Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" and pulls focus from Allen's performance. It's just one of the miscalculations that makes Kris Allen yet another lackluster, characterless Idol debut.
  7. Most of the material, though, tends toward a flavorless pop-rock sound that doesn't even do much to flatter Allen's appealingly rumpled vocals.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Aug 31, 2013
    Not as heartfelt as his initial debut, "Brand New Shoes", this self titled commercial debut still boasts some of a heart that Allen so strongly posses. The Script reject "Live Like We're Dying" works as the album opener, but doesn't work as the vessel to cater as a preview of the alternative rejects that litter the album. The album has cringe-worthy moments as a light tryhard tread in adult top 40 with the Train lead written, "The Truth" and "Before We Come Undone". Other tracks such as "Let It Rain" and "Can't Stay Away" drag into a mindless drivel of noise, perhaps due to the low budget production.The album shines best with pop fodder, "Alright With Me", and the acoustic-like ballad, "I Need To Know". The lone confession of love, "Red Guitar", self penned by Allen himself, is the only other highlight, in an album where Allen struggles to find his own identity. Expand

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