“Friday I’ll Be Over U” by Allison Iraheta

The reviews are out for Allison Iraheta’s debut, Just Like You, and they aren’t exactly raves.

Barry Walters at Rolling Stone complains that Allison sounds too much like Pink in spots, which is no surprise–while I was hoping her collaborators would try to draw out her original side, this is pop music we’re talking about where the goal often seems to be to do the same thing over and over until it’s deader than dead.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine at All Music Guide is a bit more kind:

Allison may strongly resemble her idols here, but chalk that up to youth: she’s still in the stage where she’s emulating, not innovating, but that doesn’t prevent her from conveying considerable charisma.

Both critics have kind words for album opener and first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” a cross between Joan Jett and co-writer Max Martin’s usual Swedish pop. It’s a good, not great, number, but it does show some potential. I think what I like about it the most is that Allison’s braces haven’t been airbrushed out of the video–that touch shows a glimpse of the genuineness and edginess that I loved about Allison on American Idol.

Allison was my favorite American Idol contestant ever, so I hope she gets the chance to develop.

Allison Iraheta – “Friday I’ll Be Over U”

Cross-posted at Idolpundit.

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3 Responses to “Friday I’ll Be Over U” by Allison Iraheta

  1. Mari says:

    The album has gotten very good reviews from other sources. So, while some people may not like it too much (naturally), there are many good reviews for it out there as well.

  2. therealdbuck says:

    “Just Like You” is a damn good album! These negative critics need to take their heads out their asses. If I’m being honest, it is the best debut album I’ve ever heard from any of the past American Idol contestants. For the critics who were underwhelmed, remember that Allison is only 17. She needs some more time to develop. Having said that, I think she is the next bigtime female pop/rock star. She will be every bit as big as Kelly Clarkson, & Pink. She could also go in another direction & be more like this generation’s version of the 1980’s female rocker, Pat Benatar.

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