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American Idol Season 5 Encores

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American Idol: Season 5 Encores features the top 12 finalists singing their best performances from this season. Rocker Chris Daughtry offers his take on Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive." Kellie Pickler contributes her special version of Patsy Cline's "Walkin' After Midnight." And, Taylor Hicks sings the classic Doobie Brothers hit "Takin' It to the Streets."

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The rumors were true--as a showcase for raw vocal chops, American Idol has gotten better every season. The good news for buyers of American Idol Season 5 Encores, then, is that to a one, each of the dozen tracks collected here is easy on the ears: Kellie Pickler's Patsy Cline re-do, "Walkin' After Midnight," clip-clops along with a pleasing North Carolina sweetness. Melissa McGhee proves she was voted off too early with the belt-a-holic opener "What About Love," and Kevin Covais makes a case for his inclusion on a future Disney soundtrack with the wistful "When I Fall in Love." If this disc launches thousands Web discussions, though--and it probably already has--it'll be for its final-fiver selections. Paris Bennett's "Midnight Train to Georgia" singlehandedly snaps preconceived notions about the show's talent caliber, even if you're not familiar with the spunky 17-year-old singing it. Chris Daughtry's "Wanted Dead or Alive" may not have a lot on Bon Jovi's version, but it showcases his rock-god pipes to maximum benefit. By far the best vocal arrives on track nine, though: Elliott Yamin's "Moody's Mood for Love" outshines everything around it. If Taylor Hicks fans are pleased with his straightforward, husky-voiced rendition of "Takin' it to the Streets" here, chances are they're equally glad he was handed the crown. But for some, Elliott's track may be strong enough to incite cries for a first-ever AI recount. --Tammy La Gorce
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000FIM2EO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (261 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this cd has some very nice vocals on it...i don't think any of the tracks are bad... my favorite and the strongest track imo is Moody's Mood For Love by Elliott Yamin... he has a remarkable voice and shines on the track...chris daughtry's vocals on Wanted Dead or Alive shows why he will be a great rock artist..The 3 that surprised me the most were not my favs on the show.. Ace Young sounds just great on Father Figure,, Melissa Mcghee sounds just fine on her track and i really liked Lisa Tucker on Signed, Sealed, Delivered.. weakest track is by katherine mcphee but its not awful, just a tad shrill... Paris and Mandisa have strong vocals also and have a great musical future ahead of them...
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I am pleasantly surprised by many of the songs on here. Funny thing is the people who I wasn't too enamoured with are the ones who blew me away. Ace and Melissa "wowed" me with their performances. Bucky's version was awesome too! I will definitely buy a CD of his.

The top artist is Elliot as far as I am concerned. His song gave me CHILLS and I keep listening to it over and over. It's a travesty that this soulman isn't our 2006 American Idol. He is MY American Idol and he has a fan for life.

I also have to note that the other songs are all great with the exception of Kevin and Katharine. Will be skipping past those.
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It's no secret that this year's crop of "unknowns" have been the best of all the seasons. The show's maturity has a lot to do with that. I've listened to snippets of the other previous season's compilation outings, and they pale in comparison to quality of the vocalists from this season (with few exceptions). My most favorite track is Elliott Yamin's "Moody's Mood For Love." Simon Cowell was right on the money when he complimented this gentleman by stating that he is "the best male vocalist [the show] has ever had." Elliott's vocal genius and mastery are evident in this track, and there is no doubt in my mind that this "blue eyed soul" should would be signed to a contract very soon. My second favorite is Taylor Hicks' "Taking It To The Streets." It's easy to overlook Taylor's rich voice from being too distracted by his at times strange stage histrionics. When listening to his voice only, it is clear why this soulful gentleman is in the Final Two. All of the other tracks are enjoyable (again, with few exceptions) but were not as standouts as these two tracks were. Overall, a great CD to own (or download).
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There are a lot of reviews hyping up Elliott's track and he is indeed one the best, most interesting voices on here. But people should also not overlook Melissa and Taylor, as they are both equally fine on this CD. All three sing with great passion, like they are very much into their respective songs. All three sound like they could go out tomorrow and cut a good album. Melissa blows the female competition completely out of the water, which surprises me because I always favored Mandisa (who by the way has probably the most disappointing track on the CD) and Paris on the show. But Melissa also was not promoted nearly as much as the other finalists so she saw a quick exit from the program, which turned out to be one of the biggest boo-boos of the entire season. Glad she is able to get at least a little retribution here. The other songs on here are fairly decent for the most part. Ace's fans will be very pleased with his heavy-breathing Father Figure. I liked Chris on the show, but didn't care for this song choice personally. Paris and Bucky were both alright. Listening to Katharine makes me wonder how in the world she managed to snag a spot in the Final 2 over Elliott. Kellie, Kevin and Lisa are the three least satisfying; not surprising since they were also the three weakest competitors on the show. All in all, it's a good sampling of some future talent. I really hope Elliott and Melissa get to put CDs of their out there one day (we all know Taylor will because of his AI contract).
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OMG! This man is absolutely fantastic. I can't wait to see what else he comes out with. What a pure, soulful voice. I will buy anything else he records and can hardly wait for his solo CD. If you think he sounded fabulous live, he's just as good in the studio.

Elliott, whatever you do, DON'T STOP SINGING!

BTW, Chris Daughtry tears it up too. What a wonderful voice he has! It's just a shame these two men weren't in the finals instead. Good luck to both Elliott and Chris.

I'm only giving this four stars because some of the other cuts aren't all that great. Elliott and Chris' contributions are worth the price. Mandisa is good too, so is Ace. Taylor does a decent job too.
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Elliott Yamin makes this CD worth buying. His performance of "Moody's Mood for Love" is absolutely amazing. He sounds like a polished professional. His voice is stunning. The musical arrangement is not the best, but he more than makes up for it with his vocals. Outstanding. It is almost out of place on this CD because it is so above and beoyond the vocals of the other singers.

Chris Daughtry gives a solid performance as well, sounding as if he has been singing in a rock group for his whole life.

The standout is definitely Yamin, making it worth the whole $10 just to hear his silky smooth voice tear this song up! You will be not be disappointed!
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