May 31 2012
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Thank You Camellia is the sophomore album from American Idol winner, Kris Allen. The sophomore album from Allen has a summer feel good pop vibe to it with catchy hooks and great vocals throughout the album. The pop singer wears his heart on his sleeve on his songs and leaves a feel good vibe and message with the listener. The album does not quite have a hit the size of Live Like We’re Dying like his previous album, but is still filled with great light hearted pop songs from track one through eleven. From listening to the album a few times there was not one song that I disliked and there were many songs that I loved.
The album opens up strong with the upbeat Better With You which sounds like an upbeat Jason Mraz song and starts the album off on a strong note. Vision Of Love comes next which features a good falsetto chorus which showcases the vocals of Allen. The summertime song My Weakness follows and just might be one of my favorite songs on the album. The song is catchy to begin with, but the whistles in the hook of the song sound amazing and combines well with the catchy hook and the rest of the song. The album then takes a turn away from the upbeat feel good music found on the beginning of the album in Out Alive which is about the pressures faced in a relationship. This somewhat darker tone continues with Monster which shows a different more dark side of Allen. The song features a rock chorus with a darker edge and some great harmonies. Blindfolded follows up with a massive chorus where Kris sings “If I was blindfolded, if my memory was erased… I’d still find you”. Teach Me How Love Goes is different from most songs on the album and is a romantic song which features great vocals and lyrics to go along with a calm and soothing guitar in the background. One of my top songs from the album follows in Rooftops. Rooftops is a soulful love song which features a great chorus, rhymes and a cool scratchy rhythm which creates a great song. Leave You Alone has a country feel to it and is another song about the hardships of relationships. Loves Me Not features Meiko which is the only feature on the album and is an indie duet which goes back and forth between Kris and Meiko and sounds good although the two crowd each other’s vocals at times on the song. You Got Away closes out the album with a more somber tone and is a piano ballad which is a great way to close out the album.
On his sophomore album Kris Allen improved upon what he did in his first album and manages to create a different sound on each song while still leaving his own sound on each track. Allen showcases his great vocals and songwriting ability on Thank You Camellia and gets 4 stars for his great sophomore album.
Top Tracks: Rooftops, My Weakness, The Vision Of Love, Teach Me How Love Goes, Better With You, Blindfolded, Monster
Listen to the entire album below and if you like what you hear, download the album on Itunes by clicking here. Also let me know what you think of the album in the comments.