Allison Iraheta and Orianthi - 'Don't Waste the Pretty' - First Listen!

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Check out the new single from Allison Iraheta, with Orianthi on guitar from Entertainment Weekly. That ultimate Allison Iraheta fanboy, Michael Slezak, writes the review.

  • Listen to Allison Iraheta’s ‘Don’t Waste the Pretty’ featuring Orianthi HERE.

This version definitely “pops” more. Let’s hope radio likes it. That this talented chica isn’t being embraced in a bigger way is really criminal.

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  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    very nice :) i love allison’s voice

  • Rub

    It sounds real good. I have to listen to the original and see if Allison laid a new set of vocals for the track.

  • Tmoc

    It is better, but still the song itself is just ok. I love Allison and her voice, but the songs on her cd are not very good. She is still very young so I hope she will grow as an artist and have better material in the future. Best of luck to her! I hope it does well.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    I love it! If this one isn’t a hit for her, I don’t know what will be. I hope they push it to HAC this time, instead of just Pop.

  • babybelle32

    This sounds so good. I’ve always been a fan of this song, but mostly the acoustic versions, I like the version that’s on the album, but it is missing something, but I think they fixed all the problems with this new arrangement. I love the backing vocals, the inclusion of the guitar, and Alli’s voice is amazing. This is a duet and collaboration that works. If Jive could do this right, why couldn’t they do right by Kris.

  • sunny2

    Me likey!!!! I hope this does well for her! This is a true duet, you can tell they did it together and it wasn’t manufactured on a computer like Kris’ The Truth.

  • Rub

    I really started to be impressed by Orianthi a few months back when I saw a few of her performances on youtube, predating Michael Jackson stuff. She’s more than a shredder or “virtuoso” guitarist, she can throw down some nasty blues. Her string bends are sweet and has an innate feel for jamming the blues.

    I don’t know who made this arrangement possible -her guitar picking and solo in DWTP- but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was all Ori.

  • cwm

    Very cool. I like it a lot. DWTP has always been my favorite track on Allison’s album, and I think this has a real shot at being a hit. I sure hope it is. Go Allison!

  • http://mjsbigblog.com honowoowoo

    Why Alli’s not Topping the charts is beyond me too! AllOri ROCKS!!

  • sr4mjc

    I like it! I’ve always like this song, but I love Orianthi’s playing too, so it’s win, win!

  • BootStar

    Welcome back, Allison! THAT’s the girl I loved last season, who is barely recognizable on her debut album.

    And for all those who dismissed Casey James’s guitar skills as being irrelevant this season, Orianthi’s playing totally makes this single work. Never underestimate the power of some great guitar playing on a rock number.

  • PRMari

    I like it. I’ve always liked the song but thought it was a bit too overproduced and the live versions show off Allison’s voice much better but this new version makes me like it a whole lot more!

  • zuper

    YES!! I like the edge on this version much better. If this doesn’t hit, I quit trying to understand radio and the music industry. Allison is super talented, coming off Idol, and still being overlooked. Imagine if she never had the Idol platform…there isn’t a chance anyone would have ever heard her.

  • harmony2009

    I love this! I don’t see it on ITunes. Will we be able to buy this? Anyone know, and if so, is there a release date? Thanks.

  • sr4mjc

    June 8th I think.

  • sbalk017

    Slezak’s got it on loop. Lulz.

    The word ommissions/additions are jarring, but only because I know the song by heart and it sounds very copy and paste. But Orianthi’s vocals on the bridge and that killer guitar solo sound amazing. This should be the summer song of 2010. It’s criminal that she hasn’t gotten more radio play.

  • dhunken

    I really really really like this version. I liked the one on the Album too but this is more pop. I think if pushed right it will do very well. I say top 15. Allison can sure sing. The top 4 from last year are all great singers.

    The more I hear this song the more I like. That bodes well as far as I am concerned. That is what a song should do Make you like it when you first hear and then like it more and more the more you hear it. (Please universe make this a big hit for Allison. She deserves it. Talent like this should not go unnoticed on the charts.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com honowoowoo

    dhunken:
    06/02/2010 at 2:19 pm
    I really really really like this version. Talent like this should not go unnoticed on the charts.

    amen

  • Esqt

    This is really good. It’s more rockified, I like it. Good job, JIVE. I hope this collaboration with Orianthi will help get her more airplay.

  • Nina1

    I love Allison and her voice, but the songs on her cd are not very good.

    She needs some really good songs and this is much, much better than the original. Very nice. I’m beginning to love me some Oranthi.

  • Mtlfan

    I’m glad they put her with Orianthi .. I hope it gives her a boost

  • tierbee

    I like this – the guitar makes a huge difference. These girls are awesome :)

  • tierbee

    And I guess this also means that I’m gonna have to shell out the buck or so and buy this updated version, even though I already have the album. Ha!

  • HeyHoLetsGo

    This is just an “eh” for me. It’s not a very good song, the problem isn’t Alison’s vocals. [Although she doesn't have my favorite sound.] If you ask me, she’s too young yet for who she is musically. In other words, she’s got a teenybopper look and feel, and a mature sound. It’s a weird mix, and I don’t see it burning the charts.

    I wish she had done what Carly did, and find a decent band. I think she’d have more success.

  • Glamour

    I love this song! Radio needs to play this ASAP! We got a hot one here!

  • zuper

    I hope this pairing with Orianthi and the more edgy rock vibe means that they are going to start playing to Allison’s strengths and stop trying to make her a teeny bopper.

  • PRMari

    I wish she had done what Carly did, and find a decent band. I think she’d have more success.

    Easier said than done and Jive didn’t want her to look for a band, they signed her, not a band.

  • renataamelo

    I really like this song! This is so much like her than that Friday song that for me (for you) pictured her like some of those disney product girls.

  • Indigobunting

    Allison sings it well and it sounds more like her than the overproduced FIBOU; but not sure it is “unique” enough to be a big hit; its a little monotonous for me.

    I’m glad Jive seems committed to her; even if she hasn’t had a ‘storm’ of publicity, they are doing a good thing having her open for Adam and pairing her up with Orianthi.

  • PRMari

    LOL, since when do songs have to be unique to be hits? Almost everything in Top 40 radio sounds the same to me to be honest.

  • dhunken

    tierbee:
    06/02/2010 at 2:45 pm

    And I guess this also means that I’m gonna have to shell out the buck or so and buy this updated version, even though I already have the album. Ha!

    Alas the cross that a true Idol fan has to bear sometimes to get an idol the success they deserve . ;-)

  • allisonfanahtic

    I freakin love it, can’t wait to own it…so rocking!! love this girl!!! and orianthi is sick on that guitar :D

  • Pam

    I really like this. I hope this version can get some airplay.

  • Rub

    PRMari:
    06/02/2010 at 3:48 pm
    LOL, since when do songs have to be unique to be hits? Almost everything in Top 40 radio sounds the same to me to be honest.

    True lol
    Top 40 is the worst, mostly crap and kids have develop a taste for it. I guess if they shove it down your throat a hundred and too many times, you end up liking it.

    You know the government is extending their probe on Apple and investigating if they’re manipulating the labels with exclusive content for iTunes. I say PDs should also be investigated for power playing the labels and ruining the music scene with tasteless music.

  • dhunken

    You know the government is extending their probe on Apple and investigating if they’re manipulating the labels with exclusive content for iTunes. I say PDs should also be investigated for power playing the labels and ruining the music scene with tasteless music.

    Ok where is the whatever I have to sign to make this happen….I am with you all the way on this one! :-)

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Ali is awesome.Period.

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    Oops sorry I hit submit b4 I typed “Allison “

  • tinawina

    I like it. I have no idea what it will do, however.

  • music woman

    I posted this over at EW but I want to share my feelings here with you folks too:

    The real “root” problem is that Allison is an amazing bluesy soul singer — NOT ANOTHER POP SINGER — they have been promoting her all wrong and just because they get these power producers to write and produce her songs — they are WRONG! The productions drown her out. She has the musical soul of Janis Joplin coursing thru her veins and they are trying to make her into another Miley or Brittany. GAH!

    This girl SO TALENTED and needs a subdued blues band behind her to let her voice and the emotion in her voice shine through. Personally I’d like to hear a stripped down version of “Scars” with a bluesy guitar player like Casey James …. not a Satriani type shredder like Orianthi.

    Don’t Waste the Pretty awful pop arrangements on this unique talent.
    She deserves so much more.

    Just MHO

  • sr4mjc

    Isn’t Orianthi’s re-release coming out soon?

  • Rub

    Personally I’d like to hear a stripped down version of “Scars” with a bluesy guitar player like Casey James …. not a Satriani type shredder like Orianthi.

    Orianthi is more than that. After I learned a bit more about her, I changed my opinion. She’s something else.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5plU18_ukrY

    I checked out Casey James’s videos from his going home thread, and I initially thought he was great, but I looked closely and listen carefully, and realized there was another guitarist playing lead. The camera didn’t catch it. He is still good – probably the better guitarist that Idol has had.

    Ori though, just click the link. All the blues you want…

  • PRMari

    BTW, we’ve gotten plenty of stripped down versions of Scars. Just do a youtube search, it’s all out there.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Forget the song for a minute.
    Look at that picture.
    That’s hot.

  • sbalk017

    ^This.

    They should just do this whole music thing together.

  • Vital

    I like this better than the original version.

    I love the bit of harder edge added into it, even though it’s still a pretty poppy song I think. I like it though.

    Orianthi sounds amazing on the guitar. Her guitar playing does really add something to the song, even though the song was good before.

  • BootStar

    I checked out Casey James’s videos from his going home thread, and I initially thought he was great, but I looked closely and listen carefully, and realized there was another guitarist playing lead. The camera didn’t catch it. He is still good – probably the better guitarist that Idol has had.

    Are you sure about that? I think it was more that the audio was out of sync with the video. And Orianthi herself was very impressed with Casey.

    Regardless of the guitarist who accompanies Allison, it’s the presence of the strong lead guitar that really complements her fantastic voice that lifts this song beyond the banal.

  • maturin

    This is the tops. Rocker girls x 2. Much fun!

  • asifclueless

    AWESOME!!!

  • BornToBeWildAFL

    I can’t wait for this tour they sound fabulous. I hope Allison gets all the exposure she needs. I will be at the Nokia. Yeah!

    Adam had some nice things to say about these two at his press meet and greet today:

    Did you have a hand in picking the opening acts for you tour (Allison Iraheta and Orianthi)?

    I talked with my management, and Allison was one of the options. And I said that we definitely had to go with Allison. I love her to death, she’s extremely talented, and I want more and more people to be aware of her music. Her album is incredible. Orianthi is somebody I’d met in passing at the Michael Jackson This is It premiere, and she’s in the same management company as I am. She’s really sweet, super talented and I thought she’d be a good counterpart.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2010/06/adam-lambert-talks-glam-nation-tour-more/1

  • jordison

    I love this version. Alli + Ori is really a powerful combination.

    I think Ori could add a lot to several of Allison’s songs, and Alli could really be dynamite doing vocals with Ori on some of her songs. If you have Orianthi’s album Believe, try to imagine adding Allison’s voice to any of these songs: Suffocated, Bad News, Believe, Think Like a Man, What’s It Gonna Be…

    I hope they do a little collaboration on the tour. Since Alli is only slated for 20 minutes, it seems too soon for a break, and it would be logical for a segue to Orianthi, either by her joining in on DWTP, or possibly with the Heartbreaker cover, with Allison exiting similar to the Long Beach set.

    Anyway, we have tickets for July 28 at Orange County, and it looks like Allison might not be there. At this point I’d settle for any Alli at all – even the Star Spangled Banner. Still, the more Alli the better.

  • jobbix

    She was zero for two in the singles department. Part of the problem is the songs, part of the problem is herself. She just doesn’t have enough star quality, imho. Has Orianthi become the official guitarist for AI? :-) She is everywhere…

  • PRMari

    Allison doesn’t have enough star quality…right. And the songs? Can someone explain to me what the star quality in Ke$ha and her songs is?

  • jordison

    Rub:
    06/02/2010 at 4:39 pm

    Personally I’d like to hear a stripped down version of “Scars” with a bluesy guitar player like Casey James …. not a Satriani type shredder like Orianthi.

    Orianthi is more than that. After I learned a bit more about her, I changed my opinion. She’s something else.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5plU18_ukrY

    Thank you for the link, Rub. Also, check out this Going Down jam session. Ori is mind blowing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noCVCbcECPs&feature=related
    And,with Santana…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE1ocn11VL8&feature=related
    Somebody please convince me that Casey James can play like this.

    And, for everybody who would like to hear Allison sing Papa Was a Rolling Stone again, check out, courtesy of Alliholics, the performances in Bali and Manila (Part 1 for PWRS).
    http://www.alliholics.com/2010/05/30/allison-iraheta-channel-v-special/

  • Reflections On Life

    thinking completely out of the box here… alli should get showcased in a hip-hop/rap song as the “guest singer”. seems to work for a lot of ppl to launch their careers guesting on a hip-hop song with a more-famous rapper.

    eminem’s launching his Recovery album this summer, and he’s used several female singers (pink, rihanna) on the tracks. this one’s topping i-tunes right now: airplanes feat hayley of paramore
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4SI3OrZUXE

    that particular song might not be the right fit for alli’s voice, but anything that pink can do alli can do better.

    (i know no one on this blog likes rap or hip-hop, so this is probably the wrong place to suggest this solution, but given the current landscape for pop & mainstream music, it seems like the best way to expose alli past the AI crowd.)

  • Rub

    Are you sure about that? I think it was more that the audio was out of sync with the video. And Orianthi herself was very impressed with Casey.

    I could be wrong, but I did check thoroughly. I guess I could’ve done more investigating. I always say there are guitar players(millions out there)rhythm, and then there are axeman, lead. Casey can do lead guitar but I need to hear some recordings and hear melodic solos, decent speed licks or even good cover renditions.
    Like this

  • Rub

    Jordison, good stuff right there. She convinced me and her album suffers though, too pop. The irony there is, that is a Geffen Records release. I don’t get it. She is managed by 19 – maybe they had a hand in it.

    Reflections On Life, I don’t mind a collaboration with a hip hop artist. I remember Eminem did one with Dido and it catapulted her into stardom, multi platinum artist. But that was back in the days when he was up and coming on strong. It has to be a jail-breaking artist coming into the scene. Count me in.

  • weareallinnocent

    I like this, and I adore Allison, but I’m not sure this song has what it needs to have (whatever that is) to hit big. The girl is dangerously talented, I just wish she could get better material.

    Also, I love hearing her live, but these recordings still seem to iron out her gravel too much. So she loses some of her uniqueness. Like, I wouldn’t know this was Allison singing, were it not for the post title and Slezak link. :-)

  • jlc

    Never did get into Allison. Acknowledge the talent– but can’t stand her voice or mannerisms.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    I heart Allison. I hope this is a hit for her. I wonder why Jive hasn’t pushed for radio play?

    As for hip/hop, I like it. Selectively. ;-) I wouldn’t mind her collaborating with a hip hop artist. While I generally like Eminem’s stuff, he wouldn’t be my choice for her.

  • LoveDaRocker

    I can totally see a hip-hop female sampling D is for Dangerous in a Hip-Hop sound, with Allison belting the chorus. Maybe that’s how that song should be released.

  • PRMari

    I heart Allison. I hope this is a hit for her. I wonder why Jive hasn’t pushed for radio play?

    Because they’re broke? ;)A lot of their artists aren’t getting a lot of radio play lately.

    The girl is dangerously talented, I just wish she could get better material.

    I see some people saying this and I honestly don’t know what “better material” means to some. In my(probably biased)opinion, her album is actually very solid. There isn’t a single song that makes me cringe due to silly lyrics. The closest one is FIBOU with the first verse including the phrase “we were cool” but other than that, it’s a pretty solid album.

  • LoveDaRocker

    PRMari, maybe she should have gotten material such as:
    Wake up in the morning, feeling like P Diddy (Ke$ha #1)
    or
    I am gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket (Fergie #1)(stupid, AND bad grammar)
    or
    New York, concrete jungle where dreams are made of (Alicia Keys #1)(cool song, but can’t get past the grammar)

    JLY is a solid album, start to finish (except BMU, which I could live without).

  • springboard

    I don’t think that this is very good except for the guitar. Rock is edgy, this is not, this is dirge disguised as rock.

  • Paulie

    I guess Jive’s strategy is remixing songs and parterning their artists with others? :)

    I like this version, though I can’t say which version I like more, since DWTP album version has a soft spot in my heart. Hehe. On the one hand, I love the intrumental, but on another, the chopped off lyrics are to be missed…

    Also to be missed: Alli’s “official” title font in the cover. Hehe! Well at least we still get her name “logo”. ;)

  • weareallinnocent

    Ok, well, when I say “better material” I mean, “better material for me.” :-)

    There’s just something missing, not there, not doing it for me. I’ve listened several times, yet have not been moved to buy. And, I’m a big music buyer, so that’s not it. Typically, I’m a big connoisuer of girl rockers too, and those artists of whom Alli reminds me – like Pink, Bonnie Raitt, even some Sheryl Crow. I’ve downloaded and really like Carly Smithson’s We Are the Fallen CD too. So, I dunno, can’t explain it — at least not any better than my opening line above. Heh.

    To each her own. Still adore Allison, and I’ll be checking out her next CD…

  • PRMari

    Fair enough, unfortunately, if people don’t check out and buy this one, there may not be a “next album” with Jive anytime soon.

  • BootStar

    Casey can do lead guitar but I need to hear some recordings and hear melodic solos, decent speed licks or even good cover renditions.
    Like this

    You’re comparing Casey unfavorably to Slash? Seriously? Okay, well, if we’re going to do that, then I’d say none of these kids compares all that favorably to the Greats. I mean should we be comparing Allison to Ann Wilson? And Casey is first a foremost a blues guitarist. Why compare him to hard rocker Slash at all?

  • jms

    I see some people saying this and I honestly don’t know what “better material” means to some. In my(probably biased)opinion, her album is actually very solid. There isn’t a single song that makes me cringe due to silly lyrics. The closest one is FIBOU with the first verse including the phrase “we were cool” but other than that, it’s a pretty solid album.

    Just because the lyrics aren’t dumb doesn’t mean the material is good. And by good, I mean good for top40 radio. The problem with the songs on Allison’s album is that musically they’re average. Nothing really hooky there. You don’t need something musically or lyrically complex to get good radio play. But if they’re going to market her for Top40, then she needs a sound that will both work on Top40 and one which grabs people by the throat and makes them hum or sing. One of my favorite songs this year was Young Money’s Bedrock because I loved the line “My room is the G-spot, call me Mr. Flinstone, I can make your bed rock”. It made me laugh and hum along at the same time.

    I like the remixed Don’t Waste the Pretty. And if she had a big fan following, I could see it easily getting to Top20 in radio play. But after a good nights sleep the song fades in my memory. If I heard it a lot, that would likely change. But without that immediate memory hook, she needs a fan base to push it. So..not optimistic about it going far on radio.

  • alli lurker

    I love the idea of this pairing and I think overall the song sounds better. I think it would be even better on a song like Still Breathing.

    The one thing that bothers me is that the guitar solo starts just when she’s starting to crank up the vocal. To me its disruptive, maybe I’m just too used to the other version…

    I hope she gets some good buzz from this. Either way, I think she’ll keep plugging away, doing her thing, and good things will happen. Can’t wait to see her live!

  • PRMari

    Just because the lyrics aren’t dumb doesn’t mean the material is good. And by good, I mean good for top40 radio.

    That explains why I like it. I hate Top 40 hooky meaningless radio music, I think it all sounds the same. Obviously, I’m not the target for Top 40.

  • weareallinnocent

    Fair enough, unfortunately, if people don’t check out and buy this one, there may not be a “next album” with Jive anytime soon.

    True, I suppose. She’s young though. I think we’ll hear more (and better) from her at some point, though maybe not with Jive. Who knows. But, I don’t see buying something I don’t enjoy, simply in hopes that her next effort will surpass this one. That’d be like buying Archie’s book, hoping that one day he’ll actually have something to say. ;-)

  • jujumagumbo

    Allison was so great on Idol, and while I like this song, her album is very. . . bleh. Can’t describe it, but it’s not like her.

  • tanigue

    this shoulda been the first single. friday i’ll be over u has contrived hooks and scars has corny lyrics (it’s like a 3rd rate p!nk ballad). beat me up, still breathing and holiday should then follow. i just hope jive gives her a second album. what she needs now is a cool music video for this like avril’s don’t tell me and not some crap video that was friday i’ll be over u.