Live It Up - Lee DeWyze
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  • Summary: The American Idol winner cowrote all but one track on his first post-Idol album.
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  1. Nov 15, 2010
    With the relentlessly bland Live It Up, he becomes the latest in a long line of folk-pop singers air-brushed to melt into the pack, not rise above it.
  2. 50
    Lee DeWyze's debut album Live It Up suffers from vague production that strips his Adam Duritz-y growl of all humor, anger, and sexuality.
  3. Nov 16, 2010
    Only the album's last track, "A Song About Love," feels true. His voice is serrate, his mood is foul, and the song is sturdy enough to stand up to both. It's the sound of Mr. DeWyze's then and now finally colliding.
  4. Nov 19, 2010
    When things are light and simple on Live It Up, DeWyze seems like himself: a threadbare talent who floated in on the vapors of Idol's empty tank.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    MandMJ very well said! Thank you!

    I have played Live It Up for my family and they all love Lee's music. My 17 year old niece did not watch
    American Idol, so she had no idea who Lee was. She loved every song and asked for a copy for Christmas. I own over 300 CDs and I am very picky about what I spend my money on. Since 1989, this is the only album that I have listened to from start to finish without skipping a song. Lee's music and lyrics are honest and true from the heart. I hear nothing but pure and raw emotion when I listen to his album. He is not the big Rocker that the Idol judges tried to suggest that he be. I applaud Lee for a job well done and hope he is able to create this type of music for a long long time to come. Expand
  2. Nov 20, 2010
    With the release of "Live It Up", Lee DeWyze proves that he is not just another winner of American Idol, but that he is also a great artist and great songwriter. For me, this is the best debut album of a male artist, this years. It's so much better than other albums out there. The standouts are "Me and My Jealousy", "A Song About Love", "Beautiful Like You" and "Earth Stood Still", but the whole album is terrific. Songs like "Stay Here", "It's Gotta be Love" and "Sweet Serendipity" makes you wanna dance. And of course, we have the acoustic songs, that showcases his beautiful voice, songs like "Weightless", "Dear Isabelle", "Brooklyn Bridge" and "Live It Up". Overall, this is an incredible album and Lee DeWyze should be very proud of it, because he did a great job. Expand
  3. KJT
    Nov 29, 2010
    Lee DeWyze is one of the best singer ,songwriters I have heard in a long time, his music touches your soul,and hooks you,! I rarerly listen to reviews, imagine the music I would never have listened to if I had..Especially these biased reviewers, who have let it be known who they prefered..It 's a shame too, because they are truely missing out on a GREAT album..This CD will be on repeat for a long, long time.. Expand
  4. Nov 29, 2010
    Lee DeWyze has an instantly recognizable voice that compares to no other artist I've heard. He has a sexy, raspiness that evokes emotion and pulls you into each song. After a few listens to LIU I am addicted to all the songs and choose a different favorite each time. Usually I skip to the tracks I like but find myself not wanting to skip any....that is the sign of a great CD in my book. I was happy to see he co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks...what a talent! I hope others discover this singer/songwriter in time...they won't be disappointed. Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2010
    How sad that the 3 "professional" critics who submitted reviews are such well known Crystal Bowersox champions. They have all voiced their disdain for Lee DeWyze, ad nauseam. They have let it be known that they wanted Crystal to win for months now, and this is their revenge. I doubt if they really listened to Live It Up with an open mind. I'm sure their reviews were written long before LIU was released. The real shame is that they may turn some people away from LIU. Lee DeWyze is an extremely talented singer/songwriter and has put out an amazing album! Even if you're still holding a grudge against this kid for winning AI, give it a fair listen, you might just like it! If you just want to hear some great music, this album is wonderful! You will love it! 'A' Expand
  6. Feb 14, 2011
    Live It Up is probably the most prematured album that has been released by an American Idol Winner. This album does not define how good DeWyze it, but it focuses on how American Idol is running out of talents. Expand
  7. Nov 29, 2010
    Great album! Loved every song :) I thought it was a wonderful major label debut CD for Lee, and it showed his songwriting abilities very well. Great job! Expand