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Kris Allen (2009)

Artist: Kris Allen
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Format: CD
Sku: 212577077
UPC: 886975480227
UPC 14: 00886975480227
Release Date: 11/17/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Live Like We're Dying ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
2. Before We Come Undone ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
3. Can't Stay Away ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
4. Truth, The ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
5. Written All Over My Face ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
6. Bring It Back ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
7. Red Guitar ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
8. Is It Over ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
9. Let It Rain ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
10. Alright With Me ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
11. Lifetime ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
12. I Need to Know ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
13. Heartless ~ Kris Allen (American Idol)
 
Track Listing
1. Live Like We're Dying
2. Before We Come Undone
3. Can't Stay Away
4. The Truth
5. Written All Over My Face
6. Bring It Back
7. Red Guitar
8. Is It Over
9. Let It Rain
10. Alright With Me
11. Lifetime
12. I Need To Know
13. Heartless

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Germano Studios, New York, NY; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA; Harmony Studios, West Hollywood, CA; Legacy Recording Studios, New York, NY; MIx One Studios, Boston, MA; Modern Dirt Laboratories, London, England; Modern Dirt Laboratories, London, UK; NRG Recording Studio, North Hollywood, CA; Olympic Studios, London, England; Olympic Studios, London, UK; Phantom Studios, Westlake Village, CA; Strawberrybee Studios, CA; Studio Elevator Nobody; Sunset Sound, Hollywood, CA; Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Swinghouse Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Cookie Jar, CA; The Deathstar, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Eric Ogden.
Muze PNote If you didn't pay close attention to American Idol Season 8, you can be forgiven for thinking that Kris Allen came in second to Adam Lambert. After all, Lambert is the one who grabbed all the headlines and magazine covers, while Allen plugged along as the cute, safe alternative to the self-styled glamazon, which was enough for him to take the crown, if not enough to create much excitement. Then again, Kris Allen isn't about excitement, he's about comfort, something that's plainly evident on his immaculate eponymous debut, an album every bit as unexpected as his name. Allen possess an easy touch, makign already pleasant surroundings a touch friendlier. Kris pens almost all of the 12 songs here (the exceptions being "Live Like We're Dying," "Written All Over My Face," "The Truth" ), which unifies the album. Unhip it may be by design, but at least Kris Allen delivers the goods: it's tuneful and likeable, melodic enough to merit a close listen

Artist Overview

Although previous contestants played their own instruments on AMERICAN IDOL, few benefited so greatly from the experience as Kris Allen, whose classic singer-songwriter vibe earned him a first place finish in 2009. Pitted against powerhouse vocalist Adam Lambert at the show's conclusion, Allen wisely emphasized his wide-ranging abilities as a musician, playing piano during a soulful rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine" and strumming the guitar for an acoustic take on Kanye West's "Heartless." The instrumental accompaniment paid off, as Allen was crowned the show's victor and scored five Billboard debuts the following week en route to pop stardom.

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/16/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2009
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 88697548022
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00886975480227

Bio

Kris Allen
Although previous contestants played their own instruments on American Idol, few benefited so greatly from the experience as Kris Allen, whose classic singer/songwriter vibe earned him a first place finish in 2009. Pitted against powerhouse vocalist Adam Lambert at the show's conclusion, Allen wisely emphasized his wide-ranging abilities as a musician, playing piano during a soulful rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine" and strumming the guitar for an acoustic take on Kanye West's "Heartless." The instrumental accompaniment paid off, as Allen was crowned the show's victor on May 20th, 2009.

Born in 1985 in Jacksonville, AK, Kristopher Neil Allen embraced music at an early age. He took up the viola during middle school, earning a spot in Arkansas' all-state orchestra before teaching himself to play guitar several years later. While studying business at the University of Central Arkansas, he delved into songwriting and recorded an EP, Brand New Shoes, with the help of two classmates. The EP's material showed traces of Jason Mraz's soulful, folk-influenced pop; moreover, it gave Allen enough confidence to audition for American Idol in 2008.

Hailed as the dark horse of the competition, Allen slowly amassed a TV following with performances of the Swell Season's "Falling Slowly," Michael Jackson's "Remember the Time," and Donna Summer's "She Works Hard for the Money." Although he shared a room with Adam Lambert throughout the season, Allen proved to be the stylistic opposite of his contender, whose theatrical performances and octave-spanning vocals often contrasted with Allen's unassuming demeanor and laid-back, guitar-driven arrangements. Such differences contributed to Allen's first place victory, and the singer hit the road shortly thereafter on the annual American Idol tour. He also prepped his debut album for release in late 2009.

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Allen,Kris
Product attributeLabel:   Jive/silvertone Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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