Kris Allen
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Kris Allen

November 17, 2009

Song Title
Live Like We're Dying
Before We Come Undone
Can't Stay Away
The Truth
Written All Over My Face
Bring It Back
Red Guitar
Is It Over
Let It Rain
Alright With Me
I Need To Know

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Release Date: November 13, 2009
  • Label: Jive
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  • Total Length: 47:49
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  • ASIN: B002VXD3O4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,515 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Vocals February 12, 2010
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Assessing the talent of Idol contestants can be a tricky thing. Some of them sound really good on the show, singing standards and proven hits, but they don't come across so well in the recording studio. Others are so-so on the show, but their albums turn out to be good. To me, Kris Allen is one of the latter. During the competition, I saw him as a smiling audience-pleaser. But his CD reveals more talent and appeal than I gave him credit for. On the show, I didn't regard Kris as being "serious" enough. But on this album, he sings about serious subject matter, mostly relationship problems, and his voice reveals both intimacy and strength that I didn't notice on Idol. The lyrics are very clearly sung, and despite the production, his vocals, when they are not multi-tracked, almost seem "live". You can hear Kris begging for understanding of his human flaws, and expressing other basic feelings - confusion, need, determination, the joy of youth. Some of the music is slightly country-tinged, but mostly it sounds like mainstream pop-rock. Although many tracks are formulaic, this is to be expected on the first album from an Idol contestant. It's up to the artist to breathe life into them, and Kris does this. The material is mostly sincere, not much attitude or irony (although he does strike a hard-rock pose in "Can't Stay Away"); but then, he's a sincere guy. My favorite tracks are "Written All Over My Face", with its demanding "talky" vocal and some glam-rock guitar; "Is It Over", which has a "bluesy" feel, both vocally and instrumentally; "Alright With Me", a happy, carefree acoustic number; "I Need To Know", a slow, quiet piano ballad with touching lyrics and heartfelt delivery; and "Heartless", another demanding vocal beautifully executed. Kris has certainly captured my attention with this CD.
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36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infectious Tunes + Heartfelt Delivery November 17, 2009
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I've listened to this album a few times since I downloaded it, and I'm happy to say, it keeps sounding better and better. The music is very pop, with good hooks and infectious tunes, and the lyrics are engaging and involving. I find Allen's performance the best part of the album, since he seems to be able to inject emotion and honesty into every song. It seems as if this album and these songs mean a lot to him, and as a consequence, they play well to my ear, as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it! December 3, 2009
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This debut album is very listenable. It is great to workout with...clean house with...and correct papers by! My fourth graders love to do their art while listening to it. The more I listen to it, the more I like it! I thought there would be a klunker or 2...BUT I was wrong. The whole thing is amazing. He has such talent. I will be the first to buy his second cd!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Waters Run Deep December 3, 2009
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I'm one of those who liked Kris on AI and like this album a great deal. It's the only AI album I've ever purchased. I do find the songs admittedly mainstream but very catchy. There is a sadness to many of the songs; most of which are about breaking up. I don't understand those critics who say that Kris lacks emotion or feeling in his music. I think its there in every song, sometimes painfully so.

I'm surprised that few reviewers mention the spiritual side of Kris and his music. There is a definite spritual, although not overtly Christian, tone to many of these songs, esecially "I Need To Know", which I hear as a very moving and mournful prayer. This is one thing that attracts me to Kris and his style of music. I'm not a Christian. I know Kris is; I think in the very best sense of the word. He lets his sprituality into his music without hitting you over the head with it. He's a serious young man who I think knows his limitations and strengths. He may never have the mass audience of Michael Jackson or Carrie Underwood and I doubt you'll ever see simulated oral sex in one of his shows. But he is a talented young man, with a pleasing voice and great songwriting and interpretive skills who many people can identify with. He'll have a successful and long, perhaps relatively modest, career and this album is a great start to it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have to Admit it! January 13, 2010
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I have to admit that I was an Adam Lambert fanatic ever since Idol began and his cd is simply awesome. I have now listened to Kris Allen's cd a few times, and I have to admit that his first cd release is simply amazing. I love his easy-going, smooth, and emotional qualities that he evokes so easily on each track. He reminds me of a younger Gavin DeGraw which is remarkable. There isn't one song that I don't like on this album, and I have to give major Kudos to Kris for making such an enjoyable and infectious cd that not even one of the biggest Adam fan's like myself can ignore. Great job deserved the title!! Now, more music please...thank you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad Mr Allen....Not Bad.. December 11, 2009
By Ava
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If I am not mistaken, this is Kris Allen's first why do I get the impression everyone expects him to be perfect? Okay, I will admit, this album almost seems routine when it comes to this style of rock, but at the same time, he is just learning to experiment and to perform on his own at the level he is at. I also think that it is a sign of relief when an artist doesn't sound like the pop acts that are out there today (so many just sound the same). Yes he sounds like Daughtry a bit (sorry if the spelling is off), but how many artists sound the same in general? He can't be the ONLY one to sound similar to another artist (No offense to boy bands, but they ALL sound the same).

From what I have read, he did write many of his songs and really is proud of his work, and I think it shows. This is the kind of music he wanted to produce and I do hope he stays proud of it. He may not get the media attention that others will get with their debut album, but I have a sneaky feeling he isn't one to want that kind of attention. If you are looking for some good music to play around the family (young ones as well) and just listen to some great guitar / alternative rock tones, go ahead and give Kris a shot. I hope that he keeps growing from here and always is proud of what he creates.

Go...Go listen...and then when you have extra money on that gift card from the holidays....go buy it :)

Happy Holidays!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually Really, Really Good
Sometimes, things really work out well for the listener. This is just simply a beautiful, well written, energetic pop-rock album. Read more
Published 10 months ago by snow47
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
CD and case were in perfect condition. Music is fun to listen to. I love Kris Allen's style. Would defiantly buy another album of his.
Published 17 months ago by C and R
3.0 out of 5 stars Raw-voiced Kris gives it a go.
And I mean that in a not so good way. His voice grates on the ears when he hits that stretched note he hits about 30x on the album. I really like his second album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Adrian Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Pleasantly surprised by this album. I don't buy many CDs but thought this one was worth it. It's been a couple years, I wish he'd come out with more material now!
Published on April 6, 2012 by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars Only One Goodie
I heard Live Like We're Dying, and was enamored by it. I checked out the rest of the album, and sadly, it's much too pop. It isn't like Kris Allen at all. Read more
Published on April 4, 2012 by Radhika Morabia
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
received this quickly and in great condition. Enjoyed the cd and the speedy service. Amazon and its venders have been great. I'm rarely disappointed.
Published on October 17, 2011 by Rosemary Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars Very original, organic debut that takes you on a Kris Allen ride to a...
This is an amazing record. there is no one track that I can even complain about. It's amazing how much originality & depth Kris Allen was able to infuse into his first album, which... Read more
Published on July 5, 2011 by SG
5.0 out of 5 stars Talented and likeable
I can listen to Kris's first album all the way through and just enjoy it. His talent shines and can't wait to see what he comes up with next
Published on March 24, 2011 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Debut Album
Though debut albums from American Idol winners are rushed to get released quickly, Kris Allen's self-titled debut does not feel like it was rushed in any way. Read more
Published on March 24, 2011 by Lena Kovadlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Confession: I voted for Adam Lambert.
And it's not like I regret voting for Adam. Adam is fantastic and I love his album like crazy. But for all the fervent Adam fans out there, don't let your disappointment in the... Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by R. Stewart
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