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Elliott Yamin

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"This album is something that I needed to do, for me," Elliott Yamin says of the aptly-titled Let's Get to What's Real, his third album and his first Purpose Music Group/eOne release. "It feels right, and it feels like who I am as an artist. I wanted to make something raw and soulful and organic, so I went wherever the music ... Read more in Amazon's Elliott Yamin Store

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  • Audio CD (March 20, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hickory Records
  • ASIN: B000N60HD6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (329 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,129 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Movin On
2. Wait For You
3. Find a Way
4. One Word
5. You Are the One
6. I'm the Man
7. Trainwreck
8. Free
9. Alright
10. Take My Breath Away
11. A Song For You

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Elliott Yamin's debut is so agreeable and well-executed it may well convert hardened R&B experts--the kind who'd normally distance themselves from a disc with a TV pedigree. With sincerity and a voice that vaults itself to places no talent-show contestant should be able to go, Yamin bares his soul here in a way that would do his hero, Donny Hathaway, proud. Tracks like "Take My Breath Away" and "You Are the One" find him twisting a wrench around love-stained lyrics; "I'm the Man" and "Find A Way" flow with hat-in-hand grace (and, in the case of the latter, a scat worthy of a vintage jazz stage); and opener "Movin' On" immortalizes the season five judges'-table words of Paula Abdul: Ellliott Yamin is "one funky white boy." As he proves with this five-star album, he is also among the most gifted artists ever to a turn a stint on the show into a recording career. --Tammy La Gorce

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Though he had no vocal training and was 90 percent deaf in his right ear, Elliott Yamin vaulted to stardom after becoming a third-place finalist on American Idol. Yamin recently signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and the publisher is working with Yamin on the production and marketing of the album. His first single will be titled "Movin' On, and the album is scheduled to hit stores March 20 on Hickory Records. Yamin recently finished the nationwide American Idol Tour performing live in front of half a million fans. He's planning a solo tour for spring/summer 2007. Yamin is working with a number of producers on this project including Mike Mangini ( Joss Stone, King Britt, Baja Men); Josh Abraham (Limp Bizkit, Staind, 30 Seconds To Mars, Michelle Branch); Stargate (Beyonce, Neyo, Rhianna); DJ Lethal (House Of Pain, Sepultura), Raphael Saadiq (D'Angelo, Mary J Blige, Roots, Jill Scott); and Derek Bramble (David Bowie, Lalah Hathaway, Vanessa Williams).

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100 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait March 20, 2007
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Well, we've had to wait quite a while for Elliott's CD but I have to say he has done a fine job. His voice sounds great and several of the songs deserve to be hits. My personal favorites are You Are the One, Trainwreck, I'm the Man, Wait for You, Take My Breath Away, and A Song for You. I heard the whole CD on AOL music and I received my Amazon order today, right on schedule.

Someone else posted that they thought all the songs sounded the same. I don't agree. Elliott sings his heart out on each track and makes each song his own.

I do think the lyrics are sometimes too simple but that does not take away from the quality of the album.

And the album gets even better after the first listen.

Now I just hope those who didn't watch American Idol will buy the CD, too. They are in for a huge treat.

BTW, there are bonus tracks at other places to buy the album and Elliott does a fantastic version of Whiter Shade of Pale.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ELLIOTT YAMIN - MY IDOL March 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
FINALLY! Elliott Yamin's album has been so highly anticipated by his most avid (Etrainers) fans that he could have recorded the alphabet song quickly and we would still have been over the moon about it. His third place finish on Idol was so disheartening that only an album of great quality would wipe out the memory of that night. Thank goodness he delivers a soulful album that both satisfies his artistic juices and his fans' desire for his new music. Ten months later, with a lot of hard work and a "Hollywood" look, I think Elliott proves he is the artist who will be around for years to come. Here are my reviews for each track:

1. Movin' On - Elliott co-writes this song and right off the bat he shows off his great vocal chops and of course, his funky-ness, a great choice as a first track

2. Wait For You - this song has the biggest potential to be the album's most massive hit, great radio-friendly melody, the lyrics are so relatable - very We Belong Together-ish, but what's the most impressive was his phrasing throughout, it seems effortless especially when he performs it live, I can listen to this song 24/7

3. Find A Way - a hopeful song that Elliott also co-wrote, I like the reference to war because it shows that he is not just a cookie-cutter pop wannabe singer who is unaware of our world today care

4. One Word - this is not my favorite track because I just do not think it stands out

5. You Are The One - love the piano here, I think this is the type of songs he should make his bread and butter, the white boy may love to play and sing the funky music but his voice just totally lends itself to great romantic songs, I think this song is good for the Adult Contemporary crowd

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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An ok first album. March 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I really like the first song "Movin On". Elliott has a phenominal voice. Would have liked to have heard some songs similiar to the ones he sang on American Idol.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ORIGINAL March 31, 2007
By Sha Cha
Format:Audio CD
HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THE RELEASE OF A CD FOR THE FANTASTIC MR. YAMIN. THAT VOICE - WOW. GOOD LISTENING - BUT WISH HE'D SUNG A FEW MORE UP TEMPO COMMERCIAL SOUL TYPE SONGS TO BALANCE THE CD. HAVING SAID THAT - LOVE THE VOICE. HE'S A STAR.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Actually April 3, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Hopefully people will TRY to read this objectively...

I was a fan of Elliot's during the show. I loved his takes on some jazz and blues classics when he was competing. I was really hoping for an album like that. If, like me, you were hoping for such an album, this isn't it.

It's not a bad album, but it's also not a stellar album. Elliot has a good voice, he knows how to use it, and all of the songs work for him. The problem is that where I was hoping for a blues and jazz album, I got a pop album instead. Most of the songs are commercialized r&b songs meant to appeal to a presumably wider audience than AI. Again, not a bad thing, but not what I was hoping for.

I agree with a few other reviewers, AI really gave Elliot a name. Had this been a release by an unknown, I really wonder if it would get so many five star ratings. I'm not going to throw around such a rating just because it's Elliot Yamin. I have better CDs in my collection, and I have worse CDs in my collection.

I hope he finds his niche, I hope he goes platinum, but I also hope that the next release is a bit more of what we saw on AI. For someone who basically sabotaged his chance at the title by singing obscure music in the name of "being true to himnself", he really didn't take too many chances on this first album. 3.5 stars, looking forward to the next one.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Debut March 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have to admit, I tagged Elliott Yamin as a great vocalist the first time I heard him sing on Idol, but I never imagined his first album to be this complete. From front to back, this is a quality set. The ballads are fresh and creatively pieced together, while the mid-tempo stuff is equally as pleasing.

Elliott got a little help from Stargate, who has strung together a number of big hits for Ne-Yo and Rihanna ("So Sick," "Sexy Love," "Unfaithful" to name a few). The Stargate produced tracks -- including his first single "Wait For You" -- are outstanding, but they don't overshadow the surrounding material.

"Trainwreck" is a feel good groove full of smooth, full harmonies. It certainly stands out.. while "I'm the Man" also makes itself an instant highlight. "Find A Way" and "Movin' On" reveal a bit of Elliott's jazzy side, while "You Are the One" and "Take My Breath Away" should satisfy all those looking for soulful balladry.

Overall, this is a very well thought out, written, produced, recorded, and performed set. I have virtually no complaints. The only thing that might be missing is a few more really solid uptempo tracks, but beggers can't be whiners. This is what R&B should sound like.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointment for most fans.
I love Elliot, his voice is exceptional, I cry when I hear it, having said that, I don't like this album or any other songs he has recorded, he is not a song writer and most of his... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Madeleine Tector
5.0 out of 5 stars He should have won!
Lovely voice, very pleasing, where is he now? Would love to hear more!
Published 1 month ago by Vanessa R. Barditzky
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I would like to give this a 3.5. Soulful. But missing something.
Published 2 months ago by URUBA C. WONGUSSIMMONS
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Jaime Cortez
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE ME SOME ELLIOTT YAMIN
IF ONLY HE HAD MORE WORLD WIDE RECOGNITION. I'M SURE HE HAS A FAN BASE THAT KEEPS HIM SUSTAINED. A SMOOTH CROONER AT BEST.
Published 2 months ago by S. Brannon
4.0 out of 5 stars get yours if you like the smoothness
Great voice! Lyrics are heart felt and I find myself attaching to several songs. Solid project from Elliott Yamin...my favorite trabk is Wait zfor You....
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
I like his style of music. This cd didn't disappointment me. Very cool bluesy music and worth the price it cost.
Published 8 months ago by Frances Cangialosi
5.0 out of 5 stars Super buy!
Great CD.
Excellent condition & was given as a gift to a family member who was thrilled to receive it!
Published 10 months ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars A VOICE LIKE VELVET!
Elliott Yamin's voice is gorgeous and easy on the ears. He should be at the top of every chart there is.
Published 12 months ago by Cherel A. Brenner
4.0 out of 5 stars smoothness!
very nicely done! hats off to elliott! nice mixture of the tunes you know of elliott and a nice blend of new ones as well. great music!
Published 20 months ago by Beth Moffett
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Elliott is the best vocalist in the history of A.I
I am losing interest in the show this season too. Last year was so extraordinary. The talent pool and the people were gems and one of a kind! Elliott was the stand-out for me, he is simply a Brilliant, natural singer, who kept getting better & better as each week progressed. And now, he is... Read More
Feb 22, 2007 by Lanie Renee |  See all 29 posts
Elliott has something no one else does.....
Amen!
Mar 10, 2007 by sk8888 |  See all 24 posts
Excited about Elliott's debut CD!!!!!
I agree. His single is AMAZING and only a sign of what's to come on his full length CD. I can't wait!
Feb 6, 2007 by D. Taylor |  See all 12 posts
Whiter Shade OF Pale
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Apr 11, 2007 by crazyforelliott |  See all 4 posts
Elliott Yamin's CD
I agree Kwiek.. I am amazed, tho I knew he had it in him.. maybe for me thrilled is a better word. After listening to the songs and snippets on the net, I am more excited than ever to finally get this CD. Amazon shipped to me today.. WTG Amazon.. I'm hoping some where there is a bonus track of... Read More
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