Andy Ellis | A&E Editor | 10-24-2011
After her American Idol audition in Nashville, judge Steven Tyler said they had found the one. Even though the title went to Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina gained plenty of fanfare that landed her in the runner-up position. The thing about the majority of her fan base is that they came from within the country music community. If you look back on past American Idol contestants who have been aspiring country singers you can see that they can pretty much count on that support following through strong enough to hear the contestant’s debut album. Although American Idol winner Carrie Underwood has by far seen the most success, other contestants like Kellie Pickler and Josh Gracin have been able to at least make a living in the industry. With Alaina’s vocal chords and her young age, her stardom is going to shoot up into the sky, and shine as bright as a full moon for years to come.
On iTunes, there is a comment that says this is the strongest Idol debut album since Carrie Underwood, and 50 people agree with that comment. I couldn’t agree more. She proves she can be upbeat and have fun on the album starter “Georgia Peaches.” and assertive on “I’m Not One of Them.” She let’s her voice soar on the emotional “Like My Mother Does” especially during the chorus. She’s not afraid to ask God for a few simple favors on “Dirt Road Prayer.” Throughout the entire album her southern accent helps add character to each song.
With Alaina’s debut album, country music has gained another excellent female vocalist who will only get better as time goes on. As long as she keeps being true to who she is she will be fine. Welcome to country music, Lauren, and feel free to stay as long as you want.
My Grade: 4.5 out of 5 stars