Regular viewers of American Idol will recall Elliott Yamin, most likely fondly. The soulful singer from Richmond, Virginia created an Idol signature moment with a powerful rendition of Donny Hathaway’s “A Song for You” before losing to Taylor Hicks and Katharine McPhee in Season Five.
Elliott’s debut was not well received, but he has a new album out on May 5, and the buzz on Idol blogs is very positive.
I don’t know if professional critics will agree with Idol bloggers, but I’m interested in finding out, because the title track is pretty damn good. It’s exactly what a pop-R&B song should be–romantic, with a stuck-in-your-head-all-day hook-monster of a chorus. Despite its pop leanings, it preserves the melancholy tone that permeated most of Yamin’s Idol performances. Yes, the lyrics are insipid (something the video unfortunately draws attention to), but that’s par for this sort of material. All in all, it’s a great
“Fight for Love” was released a couple of months ago and is apparently not exactly setting radio on fire. This is a shame–adding it to the rotation would unquestionably make pop radio more enjoyable. Here’s hoping the Idol Powers That Be do the right thing and give Elliott a chance to perform it on one of the few results shows left this season–it’s much better than any of the songs Idol alum have sung this year on those shows to date (possibly excepting Carrie Underwood’s, but that was a cover). It deserves to be a hit.