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Listen to a full stream of the upcoming Crystal Bowersox album Farmer’s Daughter at AOL!  Crystal’s debut album drops on December 14.

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  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Phenomenal. Every song, every fucking song, is fucking incredible. You all know I’m honest in my criticism if I don’t like something, so when I say Mama just killed it you know I am talking truth.

    Mr. Grammy I’d like you to meet my friend Crystal.

  • Elliegrll

    It may just be because of the production, but I think that if she showed this level of diversity during AI that her debut numbers would be a lot higher than they are going to be, and she probably would have won. She has a great voice, and even though I’m not crazy about most of the songs, I think that people who like this type of music will love the cd.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    i loveeeeeeeeeeee this cd wow crystal rocks
    i was wondering what it would be like seeing as i’ve heard quite a few of these songs
    but the polished versions are beautiful absolutly beaautiful !!!!

  • songsungblue

    This isn’t even great quality audio, but the album is MUCH better than the snippets. The only cut I don’t love is For What it’s Worth. Then again, I don’t actually love the original. Even Hold On is kind of well, it’s good. Color me surprised.

    I fear Mason is going to be the next wedding dance song. Blerg. Lovely song, but that’s a sure way to get sick of it. :)

  • SashaB

    Wow, “Farmer’s Daughter” sounds incredible. Also, that’s a sweet cover of “For What It’s Worth”. Very nice so far.

    eta: Completely agree. The snippets were misleading. Fabulous vocals. Not as much overproduction.

  • bootslacrosse

    I like it, Crystal and David Bendeth did a fine job on the album.

    So what if it’s not what people consider commercial sounding, She mostly got her music on it and that’s a plus to me.

  • lili_anne7

    My favorites are HT, HO, and LWCA. The other songs are well written and I like the production, but they are just not really my style. However, I can see crystal getting lots of love from critics for this album. The material is strong.

    ETA: forgot to mention that I also like Mason .

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Anyone else notice the guitar intro to Speak Now sounds more than a little bit like the opening to Little Wing? Gotta be a tribute…AWESOME!!

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Note to self, never judge an album by the snippets ever again.

  • gangreen29

    Okay, just listened the whole way through. For What It’s Worth is the only weak spot on the album. My favorites are Farmer’s Daughter, Lonely Won’t Come Around, Speak Now, and especially Mine All Mine and Arlene. This was exactly the kind of album I was hoping for from Crystal. I am so happy!

  • Valentin432

    Haven’t changed my mind after listening to the whole thing. Crystal has a great voice and she made the right decision from my point of view, recording her music that she showcased on AI. Even Hold On isn’t half bad, it does sound like a Nickelback cover but Crystal voice really adds something to it.
    Definetly one that I will purchase.

    ETA: That said, Farmer Daughter seems like a bad decision for the single, there are other Crystal penned track that Radio would play more I think.

  • sr4mjc

    blocked at work.grr..

  • tinawina

    Whoa. That was a really good album. I’m still processing it all, but the fact that she was able to actually put together a distinct sound and feel is in itself an accomplishment IMO. Even Hold On wasn’t bad. This is great.

    I can’t even pull out a favorite at the moment. That will take another listen. I think I’m a little stunned to hear a sound this developed.

    Great job Crystal. :D

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Listening through a 2nd time, and I’m just so, so happy right now with every single track I don’t know where to begin. Blown away.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    The Mason duet with Brian is phenomenal. I seriously hope to see them perform this song together on tour.

  • SashaB

    Wow, just listened to “Speak Now’. Awesome.

    Great job on the album. Crystal should be so proud.

  • progression

    This might be the first post AI record I’ve heard where I wasn’t a little disappointed that the potential we saw on the show was lost in the rush to get something out on schedule. Crystal was my early favorite, but she lost my interest along the way. She’s totally redeemed herself with this. Great work!

    Oh and I actually like both the cover of For What It’s Worth and Hold On, I think they add some dimension to the overall record without diluting it’s authentic voice.

    Wishing her success with it!

  • bootslacrosse

    I’m really digging the blues guitar and soul infused organ on Speak Now. And yeah the guitar intro is very SRV-ish. Actually the entire electric guitar part is that way.

    On the Run and Kiss ya ROCK!

  • girlygirl

    Crystal sounds great. Her fans should love it. I probably won’t buy it because I can’t see myself listening to more than a couple of the songs over and over again. So I may end up just cherry picking a couple of the songs off it instead.

    Still, one of the few albums by an Idol contestant that doesn’t come off as too overproduced. A very nice debut effort that she should be proud of.

    ETA – I didn’t hear anything that Pop stations would play, but several of the songs I could see being played on country radio (which is a format Jive should really think about pushing Crystal on, as well as AAA and Hot AC). And her husband has a nice voice – that duet of Mason is very pretty.

    Congrats, Crystal — nice job

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    “The shit that they play now, oh, it just don’t feel like it should.” ~RWTR
    Yeah, but this sure does!! I wanna sing it!!

  • lucy

    Note to self, never judge an album by the snippets ever again.

    Yes, the record of snippet releases as “worse than the album” and “not sounding like the album” continues unblemished obviously. I still don’t understand the concept of the snippet release, given that this seems to be the case about 100 percent of the time. Why would you want bad and disappointed buzz as your first public response?

    Nice album, Crystal. The writing on the songs holds up, her voice sounds great, and I like the production and style. Seems assured that she’ll be able to develop a good solid audience over time, I’d say. Very nice. Glad I preordered.

  • MonochromaticFriend

    This is fantastic. The production sounds really great, and Crystal sounds absolutely amazing. Loved Holy Toledo, the writing on that song is just so good. For whatever reason, Arlene is the song from the album I’d seriously consider buying, there’s just something about the vibe to the production I really like. Listening to the full version, I’m not quite as sold on LWCA as a single as I was, but I think it’s got definite AAA potential (at least from my sporadic KFOG listening). I don’t know how I feel about HO.

    Sometimes I wonder if Jive isn’t just a little frustrated that CB isn’t willing to be more commercial, because she’s so incredibly talented as a singer and a songwriter.

  • Brian_C82

    For me, the best part of the album is from the title track to Hold On. Those four songs are pretty decent. The rest of FD borders on lazy and uninspired. Mason was the only other song that caught my attention. Crystal sounds pretty good harmonizing with her husband, but it still falls short for some reason. I think what bothers me about CB’s original songs is that they never seem to go anywhere. There are no strong hooks or melodies, and they don’t build to a climax. She just strums along for three minutes, then stops singing.

    My overall impression is that Crystal isn’t much of a songwriter. She needs to leave the songwriting to the pros if she wants to be anything more than a glorified subway busker. Oops, too late.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    She did it, she really did it. I’m so proud of Mama. I really admire her for sticking up for herself, her music, her fans, her everything, and putting out a truly remarkable album.

    Cheers with the finest Crystal!!

  • MonochromaticFriend

    lucy: Seems assured that she’ll be able to develop a good solid audience over time, I’d say.

    There HAS to be an audience for this kind of music. It may not be my preferred type of music, but it’s really great stuff, regardless. I really hope Jive or whoever she ends up with can appreciate that, and can help Crystal develop her career.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Haven’t heard it, but why do they keep doing this!!!
    Let people buy the frigging album!!!

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    gotta say though Riding With The Radio… I much rather the live version she did at vh1 of that song I mp3′d it and have it on my player i play it all the time can’t wait to get the rest of this cd on there i just am loving it all (some more than others) but loveeeeeeeeeeee love loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!1

  • 1952

    negativo yeah .. little wing for sure. A lot of fender strat sounding guitar on this. Probably the yellow strat on David Bendiths twitter account. He says it was used on the album.

  • Tristessa

    Listening to the cd stream reminds me of being a teenager in the 90s, listening to people like Natalie Merchant, Indigo Girls, Kristen Hersh and Joan Osborne. I still love that type of music, but it has a definite “dated” feel to it.

    A few songs stick out to me as excellent, like Farmer’s Daughter, Speak Now and Mason. The others are nice to listen to especially since I like Crystal’s voice, but none get me overly excited. Still, it’s a solid album.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Slezak must have spooged himself when he heard this.

  • claireb7tx

    I don’t post very often anymore but I just wanted to comment on Crystal’s CD.

    Just finished listening to the whole thing, I thought when I started that I would flip through and listen for brief time unless a song struck me, then I would spend the time listening to the whole song. I ended up listening to all the songs all the way through. I have to say that this was a really good CD. Has a real country feel to it but no surprise that is where most of the good storytelling songs are found these days.

    I can’t tell you that I loved all the songs but what album can you ever say that about. What is more surprising is that I can’t say that I disliked any of the songs and that is rare on any album. I especially liked the cover of FWIW, and original songs: FD, soulful HT and SN and fast pace OTR…but my most favorite is Mine All Mine.

    I have just pre-ordered this CD and that is saying a lot coming from a hardcore Taylor fan who spends most of my money feeding my addiction to see him live all over the country.

    Great job Crystal.

  • Mary102

    Does anyone have a link to the stream, or know where I can listen to the songs? Thank you!

  • girlygirl
  • Mary102

    Thank you girlygirl!

  • bootslacrosse

    Slezak must have spooged himself when he heard this.

    LOL

  • tinawina

    Okay, second listen completed. I don’t hate a single song. Holy Toledo, Speak Now, Ridin’ With the Radio and Farmers Daughter are resonating the most right now. I get a kick out of Kiss Ya. Mason is really sweet. The rest are good, I have no beef with them. If I had to pick a least favorite it would be Arlene.

    This is an fantastic first effort, recorded in what… a couple of months, if that? I’m impressed. Totally pre-ordering this now… I was just waiting to hear something. Very happy for Crystal.

    I wish her commercial success but just putting this out has got to feel like a huge accomplishment. I don’t know how she managed to cram this through the Idol system but she deserves major props. LOL

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    I don’t know what Crystal’s genre is. Folk/rock? Whatever it is, it’s not my thing. Too middle of the road. The production is fine. Songwriting? So-so. There are some strong points, but most songs don’t go anywhere. Still, I feel this album has more substance than Lee’s. Still far from anything spectacular.
    My favorite songs are: Hold On, Lonely Won’t Come Around, Speak Now.

  • renataamelo

    Not really my king of music, but I guess her fans will like it.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Listen to SRV Little Wing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGho1QZO4Us

    Then listen to Speak Now. http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/3

    Definitely a major influence. This song is a massive smash hit in the waiting. Great hook, great guitar, great vocals, great melody…

  • 1952

    Listen to SRV Little Wing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGho1QZO4Us

    I guess this shows my age .. I’m only familiar with the Hendrix or Clapton versions.

  • claireb7tx

    LoveDaRocker:
    12/06/2010 at 1:34 pm
    Haven’t heard it, but why do they keep doing this!!!
    Let people buy the frigging album!!!

    If it makes you feel any better….I would not have bought this CD, liked Crystal on Idol but the first CD is so often not that great, so it wasn’t until I listened and found out how good this CD was that I pushed the pre-order button. I have been burned too often with CDs that have just a handful of good songs.

  • progression

    I don’t know how she managed to cram this through the Idol system but she deserves major props

    Seriously! I’m guessing we won’t see many “another generic AI record” type reviews on this. It seems like it’s going to be a major challenge to find a fit for this on the radio though. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

  • Soberba

    I’m really liking this. I love the song Farmer’s Daughter. Good job Crystal!

  • 1952

    This is funny!!!

    DAVIDBENDETH DAVID BENDETH
    @
    @InLikeFlynn44 you think someone could force her? hahahahaha!!

    InLikeFlynn44 S. Flynn
    @
    @DAVIDBENDETH Well said! The problem is that many of her fans feel that she was forced to add all the production. Me.. I totally dig it!

  • koshka

    Mateja:
    12/06/2010 at 1:54 pm
    I don’t know what Crystal’s genre is. Folk/rock? Whatever it is, it’s not my thing. Too middle of the road. The production is fine. Songwriting? So-so. There are some strong points, but most songs don’t go anywhere. Still, I feel this album has more substance than Lee’s. Still far from anything spectacular.
    My favorite songs are: Hold On, Lonely Won’t Come Around, Speak Now.

    You and I are on the same page, only I don’t care for much of the production. I was hoping this would be a good present for my husband… need those stocking stuffers, but I don’t think he’ll like this.. much more folk than I was hoping for.

  • lucy

    It seems like it’s going to be a major challenge to find a fit for this on the radio though. It will be interesting to see how that plays out.

    Well, seems to me she’s pretty clearly defined her listener niche. Too bad it’s not one that currently gets radio play. However, that’s true of tons of people, and with this album as her calling card, I’d think she can develop a good small-venue touring career, build up word of mouth, and gradually get a solid, significant-sized fanbase that loves her. Really, there’s not a lot more that you could ask for as a non-Top-40-or-mainstream-country person these days. Don’t know how Jive will handle this. But who knows? Maybe they are sensing that there will indeed be room for long-term-selling niche artists in the future? If they aren’t, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be picked up by a strong indie label or even a major with some imagination after this.

  • CanadianFan

    Not at all my kind of music (Adam stan here), but I loved it. I actually think I will buy it. And that surprises me.

  • ron54911

    DAVIDBENDETH DAVID BENDETH
    @
    @InLikeFlynn44 you think someone could force her? hahahahaha!!

    InLikeFlynn44 S. Flynn

    LOL! She is kind on feisty. I love the album, He done it right.

  • Joyed

    I REALLY like Farmer’s Daughter, Holy Toledo, and Mason
    I like Hold On and Speak Now
    The others might require more listening.

    One song I’m torn on is her cover of For What it’s Worth (lol, I’d heard that song a million times and never knew what it was called). It reminds me of listening to the oldies station with my folks so it feels really throwback – but she does sound good singing it.

    I think this album has really benefited from the cohesive feel of using many of her older songs along with one producer. I think she can be proud of it.

    I can’t wait to see how they market this album, because this album seems targeted for critical acclaim rather than commercial success, and I don’t recall any other debut albums from idols feeling quite like that.

  • JNM

    I really like it! Very impressive for a first post Idol cd.

    Can’t wait to get my copy. :)

  • Eriko

    Wow, I knew those low quality snippets were misleading, but it´s almost like different songs! I don´t hear the country I thought I heard from the snippets, only RWTR and Mine All Mine are “country” to my ears. Well Mine All Mine reminds me of The Carpenters, beautiful. Kiss Ya totally rocked. Actually, the album has a lot of “Rock” sound to me. Love the bridge part that Crystal added to “Mason” Much better song than without it. Was also surprised with the rock edge on “Speak Now”, almost a different song. Love “Arlene” the song Crystal wrote about the tour bus driver……VERY SOLID ALBUM!

  • tinawina

    Well, seems to me she’s pretty clearly defined her listener niche. Too bad it’s not one that currently gets radio play. However, that’s true of tons of people, and with this album as her calling card, I’d think she can develop a good small-venue touring career, build up word of mouth, and gradually get a solid, significant-sized fanbase that loves her. Really, there’s not a lot more that you could ask for as a non-Top-40-or-mainstream-country person these days. Don’t know how Jive will handle this. But who knows? Maybe they are sensing that there will indeed be room for long-term-selling niche artists in the future? If they aren’t, I don’t see why she wouldn’t be picked up by a strong indie label or even a major with some imagination after this.

    ITA. I don’t even know what the commercial appeal of an album like this is, but it doesn’t matter since I doubt that is really the goal. I mean, Jive cares LOL but Crystal did what she had to do to be taken seriously as a folky-type… release a good album of songs she wrote mostly herself and introduced her own artistic stamp in the process. No matter what happens, she should be able to chart a path from here. I can’t wait to buy an actual CD and so I can hear this on real speakers and with high quality recordings. Her hardcore fans have got to be thrilled right now.

  • Tess

    I will say that Crystal has a very nice, clear voice with great tone and her delivery is very nice…but I am keyboarding this 30 minutes after I’ve finished listening to the album and I can’t recall a single song or melody from the album. I couldn’t even hum a bar or two from FD and I have listened to it a few times over the last week.

    This isn’t saying the album is bad…just that there doesn’t seem to be anything that grips and holds…you know the kind of song that instantly loops in your head. I think Crystal will do well but she hasn’t created, for me, an album that is memorable. I guess I’m just into songs that with a half dozen notes I can hear it in my head.

  • songsungblue

    Now that I think about it, maybe that’s why most Idol debut albums are oddly ‘off’ – there are so many producers in the mix! It’s hard to be cohesive. This album was clearly created by a producer that respected Crystal’s vision. Like it or hate it, it sounds like what she was aiming for. As a first shot out of the gate, I find it extremely impressive.

  • Eriko

    This is an fantastic first effort, recorded in what… a couple of months, if that?

    More like 1 month.

  • istersay

    Her hardcore fans have got to be thrilled right now.

    This one is :)

  • girlygirl

    I think for Crystal — more so than with most other Top 2 finalists coming off Idol — word of mouth will be the biggest key to her success. Unless she crosses over to country radio, she likely isn’t going to get a lot of radio play. Is she going to get her video on WH1′s Top 20 Countdown? Maybe, maybe not. She isn’t going to be headlining a big tour — she’ll likely be playing small venues (it would really help if she could get a gig opening for a bigger act that will play venues in the 2-5,000 seat range). But if she can get really strong word of mouth going and pick up some real buzz that way, she should be in line to build a solid, relatively lengthy career, anyway. Even if she never breaks out of the niche artist category, she can still build a decent-sized very loyal fanbase and make a comfortable living playing her music for several years to come.

  • sma11ie

    I actually don’t mind For What It’s Worth, but I really don’t like Ridin With the Radio. But the album really gets going on track three IMO. The one-two punch of Farmer’s Daughter and Holy Toledo… OMG, goosebumps. There are moments of Speak Now that remind me of early Jewel but with a rocker sound, heh. I like it. The rest is solid. Sure, some sound a bit dated, and I don’t love all the songs, but nothing sounds bad, and her voice sounds great. I gotta listen to it again when I have time, but so far, good stuff. I feel like an idiot asking this, but who’s singing with her on Mason? Cute, sweet little duet. Oh, and Arlene was a good ending track.

    ETA: Maybe Jive is cool with marketing her as a niche artist, since they are only releasing her single to AAA?

  • shlitzy

    Holy Toledo just took my breath away, It is absolutely staggering. What a performance, that song to me is a classic. I don’t know what radio is playing these days, but if you listen to that song and it does not move you in any way, then you are dead.
    Truly brilliant.

  • smeggingnuts

    Ok so I just finished listening.

    The album sounds alittle less country than what the snippets showed. I actually liked For What its Worth. And really liked FD. I started to get kinda excited at that point thinking I would buy the album but after that only 2 other songs stood out the rest didn’t do anything for me. I liked Hold On too.

    The other song that stood out was Mine all Mine. I really do not like that song at all. For some reason it just grated my nerves. Is wasn’t the lyrics or the music I think it was the tone of her singing. Don’t get me wrong I think Crystal has a great voice I really do. Just for some reason not on that song for me. I really wanted to turn it off but listened to the whole thing to be fair.

    So I liked 3 songs at this point not sure I will buy. I will relisten later see if any of the other songs that didn’t grab my attention change. haha but I am so skipping Mine all Mine.

    Crystal put out a good album congrats to her. I just don’t think its for me. I might dl FWIW and FD though.

  • 1952

    I will relisten later see if any of the other songs that didn’t grab my attention change. haha but I am so skipping Mine all Mine.

    Funny. I thought that was the most commercial sounding song on the album.

  • Joyed

    I feel like an idiot asking this, but who’s singing with her on Mason?

    sma11ie, that is her husband, which awww.

    Lol, so am I the only one who thinks the cover, For What it’s Worth, feels really out of place?

  • 1952

    Lol, so am I the only one who thinks the cover, For What it’s Worth, feels really out of place?

    I feel Hold On is out of place.

  • smeggingnuts

    1952:
    12/06/2010 at 2:57 pm
    I will relisten later see if any of the other songs that didn’t grab my attention change. haha but I am so skipping Mine all Mine.

    Funny. I thought that was the most commercial sounding song on the album.

    I could be my taste in music usually isn’t what is commercial but sometime I just come across a song that I do not like same with a song that at first note I can’t get enough of. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen. *shrugs* I don’t think its a bad song I just didn’t like it. She sings fine and all in it there is just something there….I can’t really explain what it is.

  • 1952

    The kind of music I’m generally into is punk / 90′s grunge / alternative. Not sure why I’m such a Crystal fan. Maybe it’s the rebel attitude.

  • Eriko

    Lol, so am I the only one who thinks the cover, For What it’s Worth, feels really out of place?

    I feel Hold On is out of place.

    Surprisingly, I don´t feel ANY song out of place. I would have liked songs like Sandman and especially Saved by Grace, over HO. But no song imo actually sticks out like a sore thumb to me….also congrats to Crystal for the way the songs are sequenced

  • Soberba

    Smeggs, I’m with you: I thought Mine all Mine was annoying as hell.

  • smeggingnuts

    1952:
    12/06/2010 at 3:15 pm
    The kind of music I’m generally into is punk / 90’s grunge / alternative. Not sure why I’m such a Crystal fan. Maybe it’s the rebel attitude.

    Thats the type i’m into as well so it surprises me how much I love…a certain “theatrical” AI contestant

    I really do like Crystal’s voice and singing though

  • sma11ie

    sma11ie, that is her husband, which awww.

    Okay, I thought maybe, but I didn’t want to assume =P. Awww.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ve listened to the entire album a couple of times now. It’s a really good, very distinctive, totally non-AI (in a good way) album. Well done, Crystal! Love RWTR, FD, HT and HO. The only songs that I’m not fond of are LWCA, OTR and FWIW (I think that it sounds out of place too, joyed).

  • neartist

    For What It’s Worth is 100X better than the snippet! I wasnt digging it from the snippet Love it now! Still think there is too much going in in Riding With The Radio (serioulsy a lot of shit thrown in on that one The live versions are much better) and a bit too much in HT But she does sing the shit out of Holy Toledo! Love the part from “How in the hell…” on though wish it would have built up to that a bit more. But after the 3rd listen to HT I like it more and more

    Lonely is a fun song, could do without the whistling though. I skipped Hold On. On The Run and Kiss Ya kick ass like from the snippets. Those two were two that I wasnt wild about from her pre-idol stuff but they sound great on the CD. Dont know too much about him but Kiss Ya kinda reminds me of Lenny Kravitz. Loved Speak Now Mine All Mine and Mason when I heard them before they were recorded they all could benifit by turning down the music a bit and letting her voice come through more. In Speak now during the guitar solo you can hear barely hear her wailing! but I still really like them. I think no matter the music it is hard for me to get use to new versions of the songs. Love the bridge she wrote for Mason still wish it was more of their voices which sound great together. Arlene is pure country. I Like! but wish the story developed more.

    Overall love the CD! Has an idol ever cussed this much on their debut CD?

  • GreenHippo

    so between this album and her great voice and Adam’s Acoustic EP, all those autotuned “artist” should go packing. (bye bye from my iPod)
    I love love her voice. i am not a great country fan, but for her I might finally get converted :)

  • Eriko

    If it wasn´t for Taylor Swift – Speak now. I would have wanted Crystal to name her album “Speak Now” and release the same title song as her first single. Great song and to me, also a song with commercial appeal

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    so between this album and her great voice and Adam’s Acoustic EP, all those autotuned “artist” should go packing. (bye bye from my iPod)
    I love love her voice. i am not a great country fan, but for her I might finally get converted :)

    :)

  • Chicagolaw

    Wow, this is a really good album. Good job, Crystal, this is exactly the music you needed to put out. Don’t know what it will do commercially, but I love it.

  • Eriko

    But she does sing the shit out of Holy Toledo! Love the part from “How in the hell…”

    My exact thought when I listened for the first time :)

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    I said all along Crystal would become an iconic artist in the music industry, and now the tree is about to bear fruit. Mamasox will transcend the pathetic, autotuned, sexbot culture of women in music today, and lead the way for new artists that find success for the quality of their music rather than how aggressively they can market their tits and ass.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    For those more familiar with Crystal’s songs, is the “fu*king tired” lyric of FD the only reason for the “explicit” version of her album or are there lyrics of other songs that are the reason for that label?

  • shlitzy

    I am on my third listen, I am playing it in my office and three female workers came in to ask me what I was listening to. Two of them said they never heard of her before but wanted to buy the record anyways.
    I am finding that not many people have a clue who she is and did not watch AI at all last season.
    This could be a lot more of a female demo record if it was marketed that way,

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    For those more familiar with Crystal’s songs, is the “fu*king tired” lyric of FD the only reason for the “explicit” version of her album or are there lyrics of other songs that are the reason for that label?

    Actually, Crystal graphically advocates killing cops in another verse, and it was deemed explicit.

    Kidding…yeah, it’s the F-bomb that got it the explicit label.

  • tinawina

    She says shit in one of the other songs too (Kiss ya?).

  • Nina1

    That is absolutely the best album I have ever heard from someone coming right off of American Idol. It has its own style, and seems quintessentially Chrystal: Most Idol albums have seemed quickly prepared for not so good pop and I always feel I need to wait for a second album to get a real feel for the singer (“artist”). I’m not delighted with some of the instrumental back-up, but may be happier when I hear this with good speakers. Crystal should be mightily proud of this, especially since she really bucked the system to get it out in a form she liked.

    There are several songs I think are totally radio ready, although maybe more country radio than pop (but with crossover appeal). I loved Mine All Mine, it sounds a little Carly Simon. The album falls between/or sits astride a couple of musical genres. It is individualistic. I really like it. Congratulations, Crystal!

  • Esqt

    Aha, now it’s more folk than country! (Snippets can be deceiving at times.) Still, I like some of the songs I heard from the snippets like Mine All Mine, Speak Now, and Arlene. I’m a fan of Jewel’s voice, probably why I gravitated toward these songs.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Rave reviews continuing to come in.

    Digital Journal: Crystal’s album is “extraordinary”, “superlative”, “sensational”. http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301129

  • Mahalo2

    Can’t listen right now. Can’t wait to get home to hear what y’all are talking about! :)

  • 10DogMom

    LOL – Kiss Ya has got that damn “organ” sound I hated in the 60′s stuff my husband loves – ick. Love tracks 2-5, which is probably enough to make me buy it as an Xmas for my husband. I FEEL her the most on FD, and she sounds most Alanis on FWIW.

    MAM is saved from being a total 70′s throwback by the country instruments used in it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    But she also sings “the shit that they play now” in ROTR streaming on AOL, so I don’t think that word requires an “explicit” label.

    ETA:

    Actually, Crystal graphically advocates killing cops in another verse, and it was deemed explicit.

    Kidding…yeah, it’s the F-bomb that got it the explicit label.

    Had me going there for a second! LOL! Yeah, it seems like the F-bomb in FD was enough.

  • songsungblue

    I instinctively distrust blogger reviews since they seem so fan-based, but I’m super curious how the ‘big media’ is going to receive this album. Just reviewing it would be a victory, let alone getting a proverbial thumbs up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I instinctively distrust blogger reviews since they seem so fan-based, but I’m super curious how the ‘big media’ is going to receive this album. Just reviewing it would be a victory, let alone getting a proverbial thumbs up.

    I agree. I’m also curious what “big media” reviews this album will get and the nature of the reviews.

  • tinawina

    I agree. I’m also curious what “big media” reviews this album will get and the nature of the reviews.

    Ditto. I don’t think she’ll get trashed, but will she get “it’s okay, for an idol” or will she get “really great new artist”. Probably something in-between. That is if she gets reviewed at all. But her manager does have media connections, so…

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That is if she gets reviewed at all. But her manager does have media connections, so…

    That’s true. Is it primarily the label or management or both that push for reviews for an album? For example, if the LA Times or NY Times gave FD a thorough and good review (by a music critic), that would count for a lot.

  • Eriko

    This is one of those albums that gets better the more it is played…have listened carefully and uninterrupted with good quality headphones 4 times, for me, it gets better with each listen

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    FD is now up to 18th, one spot behind Lee, in the new releases Amazon rock sales, and 53rd in pop, again one spot behind Lee. Pretty damn impressive.

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/music/40
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/music/37/ref=pd_nr_pg_3?ie=UTF8&pg=3

  • tinawina

    Is it primarily the label or management or both that push for reviews for an album?

    I don’t really know TBH. I know they send CDs and Media Kits out to reviewers, and the publications generally choose who they should cover based on what the readers would want… but I am sure there is some behind the scenes politicking involved. I just don’t know how effective it is.

    For example, if the LA Times or NY Times gave FD a thorough and good review (by a music critic), that would count for a lot.

    I agree. What are the big cred ones? Pitchfork I guess, maybe All Music Guide? I wouldn’t send a thing to Pitchfork myself, those are some scary people plus I don’t think they’d be caught dead reviewing an Idol. LOL

  • fuzzywuzzy

    This is one of those albums that get better the more it is played…

    I feel the same way.

  • Miss Blue

    Geezuz, I freakin LOVED this! The second coming of Mary Chapin Carpenter, circa 1992. Come On, Come On – quadruple platinum.

    Holy Toledo gave me goosebumps. And as an old hippie chick around for the original, I loved FWIW. She modernized and gritted up the original.

    MCC changed country with the release of COCO. Seven hit singles, many of which were a totally new sound for country music, back in the day. And she got a ton of cross-over, before that was regularly done.

    I don’t want to pre-order this as I want to buy it from the big box store. And I think Santa – think one of my kids – will oblige for Christmas. Mama Blue has made it very clear she wants this Mama Sox CD for Christmas.

    Crystal, from one rebel to another – You done good, girlfriend. Very good.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    The second coming of Mary Chapin Carpenter, circa 1992. Come On, Come On – quadruple platinum.

    I’m a huge fan of MCC’s too. :) Loved CO,CO.

  • Nina1

    I finally listened to the entire album with good speakers. JUST SENSATIONAL!!! I’m buying, and I never buy! This album also has such a good flow…it works as a whole and should be heard as one! That girl knows her stuff.

  • girlygirl

    I appreciate the enthusiasm, but it’s a little early to suggest that Crystal is going to be an iconic anything. Wouldn’t it be better to wait and see how the general public who knows nothing about Idol responds to Crystal before anointing her?

  • Nina1

    Wouldn’t it be better to wait and see how the general public who knows nothing about Idol responds to Crystal before anointing her?

    You know, there is not a doubt in my mind that this album goes WAAAAYYYYYYYYYY beyond Idol. She grabbed me…the same way Ray Lamontagne did. This is very exceptional. And I’m still singing “Arlene.”

  • HotHotHot

    I really like this album and will buy it for sure. I was a little worried after listening to the snippets, but love it now!

  • abbysee

    I am listening now and I love it. Gonna buy the explicit version, I love badass Crystal. I am not making any pronoucements in this musical climate. I just think it’s a good cd, a really good cd. Well done MamaSox. You did ya thing!

  • suenigma

    Although I thought she had a great voice on AI, she lost me half way through the season, for whatever reason (attitude, bad/dull song selection, not engaging, IDK). But honestly, this album MOVES me. Best post AI debut album…ever…by far. I expect a grammy nomination AND win next year, seriously.

    She may not have been a great Reality TV Star, but she is an incredible artist/musician. I am a proud to say that I am an AI viewer right now.

    And I am totally getting the Ray LaMontagne comparisons as well. Same wheelhouse. I can see her getting some Alt Rock radioplay for sure. Mumford and Sons and Ray LM are big there right now.

    ETA: Kelly and Cook are still my favorite AI voices, and if they ever made an album of this over-all caliber, I would be in heaven. Please leave them the HELL alone, RCA.

  • suenigma

    MJ, I am dying to know what you think?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    She may not have been a great Reality TV Star, but she is an incredible artist/musician.

    I agree. Crystal is much more impressive post-AI than when she was on the show, and for a lot of Idols, it’s been the reverse.

  • chearts77

    This is a superb album. Will be buying it for sure.

  • abbysee

    I get the comparisons to Ray Lamontagne. I love him by the way. He’s also a genre bender, is he country, folk, folk/rock soul/folk, lol? He also refuses to play the game to the extent of losing his soul for lack of a better term. I like that when I listen to both him and Crystal it feels like I’ve listened to something edifying or substantial. I mean I like to shake my booty as much as the next gal, but I also like music to move me and tell me a story. As I am listening to Crystal for the second time, I get that vibe. She should be so proud.

  • suenigma

    She may not have been a great Reality TV Star, but she is an incredible artist/musician.

    I agree. Crystal is much more impressive post-AI than when she was on the show, and for a lot of Idols, it’s been the reverse.

    Perhaps the lack of buzz/excitement for both her and her season in general, worked to her advantage? Perhaps the Label was willing to grant her more leeway with the album because their expectations (the dollar signs in their eyes) were lower? Who knows?

  • Tess

    FD is now up to 18th, one spot behind Lee, in the new releases Amazon rock sales, and 53rd in pop, again one spot behind Lee. Pretty damn impressive.

    After be around these here parts for a while I’ve become pretty unenamored with the position listings on I-tunes and Amazon. I have seen some Idols being in the top 10 of pre-sales for weeks and then having just OK sales once the figures came out. It is fun to check out the charts but I wouldn’t count on the positioning being much indication of actual sales.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/BookWomanBlues-Book-Nook Bobbi

    I love albums that sound as if all the songs should be hanging out together. These definitely do! Really love it and am so happy for Crystal and what she has accomplished. It is on my Christmas list!

  • Lynne

    I think Crystal did a really nice job on this album… this coming from a huge Adam Lambert fan. :) Crystal’s voice sounds great.

  • neartist

    MJ, I am dying to know what you think?

    I wonder where Mozart is

  • neartist

    I´m not expecting strong initial numbers. I´m keeping to my theory, that sales will snowball, and eventually get to gold (500.000) what most agree is the new “platinum” According to Gina, radio/video and other promotions will not start until late jan

    See that is what I dont understand. Why did they push for Dec 14th if they arent going to promote it until Jan?? I wonder if that means we wont see the video until Jan too :(

  • Q3

    An exaggeration, but I don’t think that Crystal’s debut week sales will be more than Lee’s (I expect around 30-35K, maybe less). There’s definitely a market for this kind of music, but the extent to which Crystal is promoted and appeals to that market will determine her commercial success (and whether that will be enough to maintain a recording contract with a major label).

    My guess is that 30K would be a great debut considering that she has little promotion going on, this is not a high-selling genre, and she is not in the Top 100 on Amazon which is one of the key retailers for both Idols and this style of Singer-Songwriters. She is also not in the Top 200 on iTunes. Overall FD online chart positions are lower than Allison was a year ago — it will not be a great debut week.

    Even Ray LaMontagne only sold 65K in his first week with “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” (August 17, 2010) and hasn’t sold 200K yet.

  • Rub

    I listened to it, and its, aight.
    I agree with Linda Perry in that most of the female voices sound the same, not really a Halley’s comet.
    I do like her passion.

  • CindyM

    According to Gina, radio/video and other promotions will not start until late jan

    I thought they were waiting until January for RADIO promotion. She’s on Leno and Regis & Kelly the week of her album release, isn’t she??

  • GreenHippo

    I cannot stop being reminded of the happy crowed from last year when re-viewing Allison Iraheta’s album, which is an incredible album. She sounded great, def one of my favorites. And then it didn’t sell much, which was so dissapointing. I am hoping that this won’t be the same here, with Crystal’s FD. But they are both Jive, and I am def not happy with Jive, and their ways of dropping artists way too fast.
    Yeah yeah yeah, I am a worry-warts…. :lol:

  • Rub

    For someone who a female and can´t sing, a clever thing to say

    I dont know if that was sarcasm, but Linda Perry = Halley’s comet.

  • Eriko

    I dont know if that was sarcasm, but Linda Perry = Halley’s comet.

    You copied before I deleted…I was thinking Katy Perry, sorry :)

  • Lightspeed Dialer

    Bowersox Goes Yard with FD!

  • Eriko

    I thought they were waiting until January for RADIO promotion. She’s on Leno and Regis & Kelly the week of her album release, isn’t she??

    Yes you right….I meant other than what has already been scheduled and is the standard for Idols around the release date

  • Brian_C82

    The review was from Direct Current Music. They like it overall, but I don’t think it’s being treated as anything revolutionary.

    http://www.directcurrentmusic.com/music-news-new-music/2010/11/17/crystal-bowersox-farmers-daughter.html

  • ron54911
  • Eriko

    The review was from Direct Current Music. They like it overall, but I don’t think it’s being treated as anything revolutionary.

    Just because a couple of people think it´s in their opinion “revolutionary” hardly means most everyone. As I understand it, some are also comparing to previous AI debuts.
    Btw, I thought that was a very positive review

  • tinawina

    Btw, I thought that was a very positive review

    Yeah, its not “ho-hum” IMO, it’s quite positive.

    Still don’t care until the big ticket music reviews come in though. That’s what really matters. The rest of this stuff is just nice.

    I don’t think anyone will call her “revoluntionary” BTW. :D But it would be nice if she got generally favorable reviews.

  • neartist

    Just because a couple of people think it´s in their opinion “revolutionary” hardly means most everyone. As I understand it, some are also comparing to previous AI debuts.
    Btw, I thought that was a very positive review

    Yeah if that is a bad review then she is doing pretty good so far ;)

  • progression

    See that is what I dont understand. Why did they push for Dec 14th if they arent going to promote it until Jan??

    I assume to get whatever piece they can of the hoiday gift buying market. Just having it in stores will help, even without big promo.

  • shell29

    Loved this album from beginning to end. Crystal did her thing. I’ll be buying this one. Well done, MamaSox.

  • abbysee

    Even Ray LaMontagne only sold 65K in his first week with “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” (August 17, 2010) and hasn’t sold 200K yet.

    But he was nominated for a Grammy, so numbers aren’t the only thing.

    The other thing is that it’s funny one fan can say something over the top and it gets replayed as “the fans”, and it’s sorta annoying. I don’t think she’s gonna sell tons straight out of the box. Long term if she’s lucky I expect more like Ray Lamontagne numbers instead of Kesha/Katy numbers. I expect middling to solid reviews, and I don’t expect someone to say it’s The White Album, or Tapestry. Just because a few fans major in hyperbole doesn’t mean that those things should become a meme!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Btw, I thought that was a very positive review

    Yeah, its not “ho-hum” IMO, it’s quite positive.

    Still don’t care until the big ticket music reviews come in though. That’s what really matters. The rest of this stuff is just nice.

    I don’t think anyone will call her “revoluntionary” BTW. :D But it would be nice if she got generally favorable reviews.

    I agree. I don’t consider Crystal “revolutionary” either.

  • Elliegrll

    Here is a review.
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301129

    I don’t put too much, if any stock, into what critics say, I doubt most people do, but isn’t this site pretty similar to Associated Content and the Examiner? I think this highlights one of the obstacles that Crystal is up against, just like with Lee, there are very few mainstream media reviewers who are writing about her or her album. I don’t care if the reviews are negative, positive, or middle of the road, both need people to know that they actually have music out there.

    One plus for Crystal is that it looks like Gina is going to work very hard to promote her, which is more than half of the battle, but now we have to see what Jive does to promote her to the right market.

    Still don’t care until the big ticket music reviews come in though. That’s what really matters.

    I don’t think they matter, but the lack of these reviews indicates that the people who run these publications don’t think their readers know about Crystal, and that the are not interested in reading about her album.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Even Ray LaMontagne only sold 65K in his first week with “God Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise” (August 17, 2010) and hasn’t sold 200K yet.
    —–
    But he was nominated for a Grammy, so numbers aren’t the only thing.

    I don’t think that Ray has been nominated for a Grammy before this latest album. GWATCDR is Ray’s 4th studio album, his debut album “Trouble” sold over 250,000 domestically and 500,000 worldwide (according to wiki).

    I don’t know where Crystal’s fans get the idea that she’s become a darling of the critics…I think her fans are getting carried away with themselves.

    I don’t see much in the way of critical acclaim as yet. I think that a couple of fans are a little hyperbolic about Crystal, but there are a lot of fans who are more tempered in their views.

    The other thing is that it’s funny one fan can say something over the top and it gets replayed as “the fans”, and it’s sorta annoying.

    I find that annoying too. Also, I dislike when one fan claims to speak for the entire fanbase – IMO, that’s too cult-like.

  • MrDuffin

    IMHO….Crystal’s album being released in Dec is just to get it out to the public and to get that part out of the way plus get a few sales for Christmas. After the release then it is time to promote. I think it is a great way to promote a new artist. I have never understood what good is it to promote something you can’t buy. You hear it, want it, can’t buy it, forget about it.

  • progression

    The other thing is that it’s funny one fan can say something over the top and it gets replayed as “the fans”, and it’s sorta annoying

    Yep. I would characterize my own view as having gone from last week’s “she’s dead in the water” to today’s “wow, this is a really good freshman AI record, maybe she has a fighting chance”.

  • Mtlfan

    I’m not a big fan of her but I must say that it’s a very well done album.
    what I like most of her is when she gets rockish like in the songs “on the run”, “kiss you”. Those ones grabbed me :) . But she does very very well on all; the rest is just not my style of music. She shines though on all the songs because of her passion and I really like that. Another thing is that album is not overproduced, so that’s a big plus. It sounds like a new non-idol artist in that regard. Kudos..

  • houstonrufus23

    Looking forward to hearing the album when I have some time.

  • Eriko

    Does someone know why Lee´s and Crystals CD don´t have the same list price on Amazon. 13.99 vs 11.99 ?

  • vally guy

    I have to say this is no idol CD.I am totaly amazed.I was never to high on Crystal,but read a couple reviews and couldn’t believe how glowing they were.Well I just took off my head phones.It may take some time but after listening this album without a doubt the award show producers are going to jump all over it.Nothing cookie cuter about this at all.Way to go mamasox.

  • tinawina

    I don’t think they matter, but the lack of these reviews indicates that the people who run these publications don’t think their readers know about Crystal, and that the are not interested in reading about her album.

    Well, it honestly is a little early for real reviews up to this point. Since the album drops a week from tomorrow, this is the week I’d expect most of them to materialize. So I can’t call it yet.

    I don’t expect her to get covered everywhere, but it should be more than nothing. All Music Guide, a Chicago paper and EW at least :)

  • CindyM

    I like it much better than I did from the snippets. :)

  • sr4mjc

    Finally got to listen to the album. Not I’m not a fan of Crystal’s style, the only performance only Idol I truly liked and thought ‘why doesn’t she do this all the time?’ was Midnight Train to Georgia. Because it was a big belty song that wasn’t folky. Yeah, I like me some big voices and I really don’t like folk. Kelly, Adam, Cook and Daughtry are my favs. I’ve always said Crystal can SANG, I just wished I liked her material.

    Someone up thread said there was a visceral, immediate reaction to a song and I knew based on the snippets which would be mine and yep, I was right. Two seconds of ‘Lonely Won’t Come Around’ and I want to kick a puppy. Whistling and clapping, I can’t get past it. Riding on the Radio’s lyrics I just simply disagree with and I’ll leave it at that.

    Now that the worst opinions are out of the way.. Sorry, I love Hold On. I think it could be a hit on HAC if it was promoted by Jive. I would be the listener who wouldn’t ordinarily buy this type of album, but I would buy this single. So, if Jive can get gold or platinum with a single on HAC while promoting on other formats that I would never hear, I don’t see what’s wrong with that.

    Her voice sounds great on Speak On and Mine all Mine, but I don’t care for it on Kiss Ya or On the Run, neither of which have any hook that I can remember. The music in Mine all Mine sounds country to me and so does Mason. Mason reminds me of a 70s duet. Like Eddie Rabbit and Crystal Gayle. Arlene is just kinda boring to me and goes nowhere. I agree with the poster who said there aren’t a lot of hooks, so if Hold On doesn’t work on HAC and FD doesn’t work, I’m not sure where to go and with what song to push next.

    So, solid album, I like a few songs well enough, don’t like others. I don’t get the greatest Idol writer ever meme, but there’s no reason I would, it’s not my cuppa. I think it’s 1000xs better than Lee’s album, although his voice is so terrible to me I don’t think that’s tough to accomplish and he wrote an album full of cliches. YMMV and IMO, yada yada

    I am glad her fans are happy, because they are the ones who are going to be going to shows and buying albums.

    I luv the controversy Crystal creates in people…it shows they care or they wouldn;t be here.

    To be fair, I do try and listen to the Idol releases every year if I can, at least from S5 on I have.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I also think that it’s a bit premature to know the extent of reviews for Crystal’s CD yet. I would expect most of them to show up this week.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, wow, wow!! Wow! So much better than the snippets indicated, by far! I think she has all of my favorite sounds in this album. Rock, folk, bluesy, and Arlene reminds me of folk/americana.

    I mentioned on the snippets thread that I thought the full songs would have the nuances that were missing from the snippets, and I’d say that was an understatement. I’ve only listened once, had already decided to buy before listening, but I think I love it!!

    Wow!

    I’d love to see Riden’ With the Radio as a radio hit!

  • Eriko

    so if Hold On doesn’t work on HAC and FD doesn’t work, I’m not sure where to go and with what song to push next.

    IMO, Speak Now. I connected the computer to my stereo and the album has been running more or less for 6 hours. whatever I´m doing, the song that makes me always stop doing it to listen, is Speak Now. It also got me on the first listen

    BTW, you´re not alone in regards to Midnight to Georgia.. loved it

  • abbysee

    IMO, Speak Now.

    I would love to hear that on my radio. One of my absolute favorites…..today.

  • lili_anne7

    It’s especially surprising since Cristal has evoked more love/hate polarization than perhaps any other Idol in show history (yes, even more than Adam IMO).

    I completely disagree. Crystal is probably one of the LEAST polarizing contestants ever. She was well liked by most people last season. Adam was polarizing. Carrie was polarizing. You could even argue that Lee was polarizing, but not Crystal.

  • suenigma

    Yeah, I admit that I have fallen totally in love with this album, but before today I wouldn’t have even have described myself as a middling Chrystal fan, let alone an uber-fan. She has won me over. It is not a revolutionary album by any means (perhaps by AI standards?) but it is a well-written, well-produced, cohesive and beautifully sung one, IMO. A rare bird in the AI Bubble. Most AI albums get the well-sung part down just fine, and there are often even a few hidden gems amongst the chaff, but for the most part they are meh.

    I also don’t think that this album is going to sell like gangbusters out of the starting gates. And even if it does do well, eventually, it will be, comparatively, within it’s own niche genre. I suspect that part of the promotional strategy is to distance Chrystal from AI with an inexpensive, low-key launch, and to then let sales slowly build in the new year through good reviews and word-of-mouth. And a low-budget, critically well-received, perhaps even award-winning album would have cachet for Jive beyond stellar sales. To me this marketing plan seems preferrable to the traditional, front-end-loaded, all-guns-blazing push to us once gullible (now thoroughly jaded) AI viewers.

    Allison’s album was clearly positioned for the Pop radio market, and had the expensive song-writers, promotion and producers to match. From that perspective, and within that genre, her album was perceived as underperforming. She deserved better.

  • steph6449

    Her voice sounds quite good in these, production seems fine to me just listening to them for the first time (except the “Lonely” song where the intro made me hate it right off :? ).

    I don’t find the song themselves to be anything extraordinary, however, and I agree with the comment that the songs don’t really stand out from each other that much. Seems more like something you’d listen to as a whole album, vs. picking out specific songs with standout appeal. Though this isn’t really my type of music so who knows, lol… Glad her fans are loving it though. Hopefully she will sell a reasonable number of CDs when the time comes.

  • calzzz

    Crystal didnt fail to amazed her fans. This is a very impressive album. Am sure some her songs will find its way to the radio. Am definitely buying :)

  • Eriko

    I completely disagree. Crystal is probably one of the LEAST polarizing contestants ever.

    Maybe you are referring to her singing/performing. On a personal level, be it her hair, teeth, twitter, marriage, clothing, causes, arrogance, rumors of quitting, tattoo, white trailer trash, single mother, touring without her baby, relationship with Jive and on and on, she was attacked for

  • Elliegrll

    so if Hold On doesn’t work on HAC and FD doesn’t work, I’m not sure where to go and with what song to push next.

    Hold On is the most radio friendly first single, even if it isn’t the best song on the album, and FD might help her earn some credibility, although having another single out at the same time could hamper that. The great thing about the album is that it totally reflects who Crystal is, but the downside is that there aren’t a lot of songs that fit well on any format, not even AAA. This isn’t a major problem if Jive realizes that she is not the type of artist that can be easily promoted via radio, and if they come up with alternate ways of promoting her.

  • sr4mjc

    (except the “Lonely” song where the intro made me hate it right off ).

    Oh good, I’m not the only one on this one.

  • fictitiousreality

    I completely disagree. Crystal is probably one of the LEAST polarizing contestants ever. She was well liked by most people last season. Adam was polarizing. Carrie was polarizing. You could even argue that Lee was polarizing, but not Crystal.

    Kinda late to the party but just had to comment on this cos this is so hilarious Lol.

    Carrie and Lee polarizing? Ms goody, the cute country girl every guy wanted to bone and your everyday paint salesman with the baby blue eyes!?? I dont think being the pretty safe choice is considered polarizing lol. Bo was the polarizing one in S3, Adam in S8 and definitely Crystal in S9- Outspoken single mother with the giant back tattoo, you either love her or hate her.

  • isisdagmar

    I’ve listened to a few and I can’t tell if I like it, exactly: I think it’s good for its genre, I just almost never like anything remotely countryish.

    But Farmer’s Daughter is for sure an amazing song–I prefer it without the extra country instrumentation, but lyrically and musically it’s pretty excellent. And Crystal is a fantastic singer.

    I don’t like American Idol and I don’t watch it–I got into Adam accidentally and I have his CD, some of Allison Iraheta’s songs, and some of Kelly Clarkson’s songs. No one else from the show really grabs me from what I’ve heard of their music. But Crystal is definitely really talented. Her music may not end of being my style, but she’s really good.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Yeah, I admit that I have fallen totally in love with this album, but before today I wouldn’t have even have described myself as a middling Chrystal fan, let alone an uber-fan.

    This is what impresses me the most. People who never cared much for Crystal on the show are captivated by the album. This positive reaction from non-fans is extremely rare, and incredibly telling about the quality of the record.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    (except the “Lonely” song where the intro made me hate it right off ).

    Oh good, I’m not the only one on this one.

    Me too. Hated the whistling and clapping.

  • Eriko

    Me too. Hated the whistling and clapping.

    There is no “clapping” :) some percussion instrument I think it´s a cute, fun and upbeat song. Love Crystals singing on it, her voice is different from anything I recall her singing. Just like when she sang What´s UP for the first time, she also used at one point a vocal I hadn´t heard before

  • lili_anne7

    Carrie and Lee polarizing? Ms goody, the cute country girl every guy wanted to bone and your everyday paint salesman with the baby blue eyes!?? I dont think being the pretty safe choice is considered polarizing lol. Bo was the polarizing one in S3, Adam in S8 and definitely Crystal in S9- Outspoken single mother with the giant back tattoo, you either love her or hate her.

    I was referring to their time on AI. Carrie and Lee were polarizing in that people either loved or hated them as artists. I wasn’t talking about their personalities. I agree that Crystal is anti-establishment, but during AI, she was generally well liked as an artist.

  • mozart4898

    I wonder where Mozart is

    He was working earlier, and then when he got home, he went to check a weather blog because watching weather is another one of his hobbies, then he figured he’d see if there were any headlines here at MJ’s…and damn, is there ever one.

    You know, for once, I think I’ll just say it simply. Damn girl. Damn. I even actually like FWIW, and I really really didn’t like it from the clip that came out a few days ago.

    eta: I typed that while still listening. Oh my god, it just keeps getting better. Speak Now about blew me away, and then the transition from there to Mine All Mine – the buildup in intensity and then the totally different instrumentation and that other side of her voice. I’m trying not to go totally nutso but I wholeheartedly agree with the people throwing around the word “Grammy.” And the stories of people not knowing of Crystal and hearing some of this and wanting it are all it takes for her potential sales to take off. Regardless of whether she sells a ton, this is one heck of a great album.

  • Eriko

    You know, for once, I think I’ll just say it simply. Damn girl. Damn.

    Common Mozart, don´t disappoint, the long detailed and insightful version :)

  • Brian_C82

    Yeah, its not “ho-hum” IMO, it’s quite positive.

    Still don’t care until the big ticket music reviews come in though. That’s what really matters. The rest of this stuff is just nice.

    I don’t think anyone will call her “revoluntionary” BTW. :D But it would be nice if she got generally favorable reviews.

    I read lots of album reviews, and I think this one can definitely be classified as “ho-hum”. Saying that you wouldn’t notice her music if she wasn’t on Idol is hardly strong praise. On a five star scale, it would probably be a three star review. What’s telling is that those are the type of people who should love Crystal, but they only give her mild praise.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    There is no “clapping” :) some percussion instrument

    I don’t care what it is. I hate it.

  • Inconnu

    Well just finished listening to the entire stream and … this is a solid album. Well done Crystal. She’s so talented. This is great.

    Now my review ahem…
    I still feel like Riding With the Radio has too much stuff going on but that’s ok, it’s still very good.
    I like FWIW now (didn’t like her version before at the Vineyard and on the snippets). It’s not my favorite but it’s not bad. In fact, it’s good, it’s damn good.
    Farmer’s Daughter, always has been one of my favorite songs of her (but I don’t think it should be her single or should have so much focus on it). I know she feels like it’s the one song that represents her the most but sometimes things just need to be there (in this case, a song part of the album) and people can discover it on their own and feel free to think whatever they want without going through a major discussion or controversy.
    I still feel like Holy Toledo is over-produced but I’m listening to it now again for the 2nd time and maybe I’ll get use to this version. Right now, I still prefer her original demo.I don’t think they did anything very original with the production. Her delivery is excellent though and she definitely sells the song.
    Lovely Won’t Come Around – not for me. I’ll pass.
    Hold On is very decent for a cover and I like listening to it. It’s a catchy song. (I hate it on Hit Predictor) And I think she sings it well too (where as it didn’t sounded that way on the snippets.

    Now if an album’s job is to elevate songs that didn’t do anything for you before when you heard them live or on the original demos, then I would say: GREAT JOB on On The Run and Kiss Ya. Fantastic songs. I love them, especially Kiss Ya. I think it’s one of my favs now. (I didn’t like it before – just her with her guitar and Frankie May). It needs the punch that it’s got on the album.
    And in that same vein, I liked Speak Now before but wasn’t taken by it the way I am now. What a great song, and the guitar solo… awesome!

    Love Mine All Mine (but I thought the tempo is a bit fast. Maybe because I’m used to listen to it on her slower version. Love the piano on it). Mason impressed so much. What a great duet, I love the arrangement, the music in the background, the new bridge she added. Brilliant! She’s a great songwriter. From a very simple melody she transformed it into a incredible song. I think it’s the best on the album. Truly! And I loved Arlene too, Loved that it’s quiet, organic where you hear the pick hits the guitar as she puts it, and I understand now the track listing and the fact that she finishes this way. It’s almost an invitation to want more and listen to the album again.

    Wonderful job! What a great CD. I’m a fan all over again!

  • Indigobunting

    It’s especially surprising since Cristal has evoked more love/hate polarization than perhaps any other Idol in show history (yes, even more than Adam IMO).

    Nah, not even close. Can we say Kat McPhee or Danny Gokey? Crystal has only gotten some mild criticism for having an attitude, and many applauded her for it. I think Lee actually got more bashing for being “pitchy” and pimped than Crystal ever did.

    I think she has a nice voice and sings well on this album. It isn’t really my style, but I may buy a couple singles like Holy Toledo and Farmer’s Daughter.
    I don’t really see it as the revolutionary album of the year like fans are predicting; but then; us fans will say things like that , won’t we?

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I don’t really see it as the revolutionary album of the year like fans are predicting; but then; us fans will say things like that , won’t we?

    I don’t really see it as the revolutionary album of the year like some fans are predicting; but then; some of us fans will say things like that, won’t we?

  • neartist

    Saying that you wouldn’t notice her music if she wasn’t on Idol is hardly strong praise.

    Seems you are taking one line from the review and running with it and ignoring the rest

    But had it not been for her rather unconventional presence on Idol would we be anticipating Bowersox’ music?

    Well, probably not

    Keep reading

    but that’s not to dismiss it, either.

    Followed by a nice review.

    Had it not been for Idol would any of us be discussing this CD right now? probably not.

  • mozart4898

    Common Mozart, don´t disappoint, the long detailed and insightful version

    I really don’t have a whole ton of insightful things to say honestly. I’m just really really impressed. I was actually talking to someone during Holy Toledo and her voice totally stopped me in mid thought near the end. I didn’t even know if I’d really be that impressed by Holy Toledo just because I’ve heard it so much, but it’ll certainly be one of the favorites on the album now too. I definitely got chills in a number of places in the album, quite a few of them actually. Maybe the only somewhat critical thing I have to say is that the transition from the end of Holy Toledo to the beginning of Lonely is kinda jarring – other than that the album seems to have nearly impeccable flow. Hold On has a slightly different sound but between her voice and the production, it doesn’t truly stick out like a sore thumb, it’s just different. I’d describe it as more “straightforward,” it’s easier to follow without really paying attention. Makes sense given who wrote it (and that’s not meant as a slam, just as I’d said before, you can hear the radio pedigree of the writers on that one).

    I do wonder how much of the guitar Crystal actually did play for the album. Somewhere she’d said that she played on the album, I’m wondering if she’s responsible for any of the solos on there because if she is, she’s a killer guitarist. (It’s not always all about technique – she does have that at least to some extent having seen her do the intro to RWTR – sometimes it’s about the sound and passion.) I’m not trying to pull an “I told you so” and I’d have no proof anyways, but in my mind this is exactly the sound that I would have thought Crystal was going for, listening to her acoustic demos. I have to think she’s really truly happy with how the album sounds.

  • Dlynne

    Bo was the polarizing one in S3, Adam in S8 and definitely Crystal in S9- Outspoken single mother with the giant back tattoo, you either love her or hate her.

    I don’t love her or hate her. I don’t care enough to feel either of those emotions. FWIW, if I did hate her, it wouldn’t be because she’s a single mother with a back tattoo.

    Having said that, I listened to the entire album with an open mind. It is better than the snippets’ first impression. I like the single Farmer’s Daughter, not enough to buy it but I wouldn’t turn the channel if I heard it on the radio. I also like Holy Toledo, including the production of that song.

    It’s not my style of music but I wish her well.

  • Andy11

    Here is a review that I don’t think anyone could describe as ho hum.
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301129

    ETA: it was pointed out correctly that this is just a place that fans post rather than a true review. My bad.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    What’s so hard about following my guidelines? Somebody is extremely close to being banned. AGAIN.

    ETA: Also, the thread is not the topic? Stick to discussing Crystal and her album.

  • fictitiousreality

    OH-EM-EF-GEE THIS IS ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT…MAMA’s BLUESY SOULFUL SINGING, KICKASS SOLOS INCLUDING STRATOS (NO WAYYY), GENIUS ARRANGEMENTS, AMAZING KEYS OMG THIS IS DEFINITELY A WINNER (ok enuff with caps lol)

    This is really the best that any fan could ask for, seriously. And in her first album, honestly it feels like her 3rd or 4th. I think it would be an understatement to say that Camp Mama is a happy camp today lol.

    On to my favorites so far. Holy Toledo just became sacred, nobody should ever mess with it, period. So much emotions and the arranegment is just perfect, much better than stripped down version IMO. Speak Now sounds like Aretha meets Jimmy Hendrix (no disrespect to SRV but Little Wings is Jimmys’ song). I could listen to that strat intro and solo all day long, the ending of that song was just gospel heaven. Just WOW. Absolutely my favorite track right now. If Jimmy was alive today I think he would have liked Crystal and gotten on stage with her. Little Wings might be an insteresting segway to Speak Now on the tour perhaps, hmmm. The retro-funk tracks On the Run and Kiss Ya as expected are very much improved with the full band, you just want to full the volume on the speakers and blast it out. Also while listening to the tracks I am already thinking of artists doing homage to the songs and covering them. I think Lenny Kravitz could do a mean cover of Kiss Ya and On the Run, I also think Adam Lambert could do an explosive version of Speak Now with the Adam signature vocals.

    For vintage Crystal, I absolutely love her new song Arlene. It shows her songwriting brilliance, she can write a song about her bus driver and make it sound like its heartbreaking, with felt emotions in her singing. Arlene must be very proud. Even Mason with its cheesy lyrics (yep its v cheesy lol) the vocal harmonies between her and brian sounds great. Its a good listen but definitely wont play that song in loop lol.

    Overall this album is everything I expected for and more. My only regret is I preordered the album from cb.com and now I cant have the bonus track FGIR, I need the bonus track. Damn you itunes, we dont have that album in our country :(

  • Q3

    Bo was the polarizing one in S3, Adam in S8 and definitely Crystal in S9- Outspoken single mother with the giant back tattoo, you either love her or hate her.

    Adam is polarizing. Crystal is not polarizing. If she was polarizing, there would be more online comments about her, more press and more Google searches. Most people do not care one way on the other.

    I do not love or hate Crystal — I like her voice, do not always like her public attitude. But am not passionate about her either way.

    I was unimpressed by the snippets, I like the full songs better but not enough to buy this album. I like FD, do not like whistling & clapping noise.

    I am a long-time Ray LaMontagne fan — and this is a similar singer-songwriter folk-rock style to Ray’s music — so it is not an issue with the style of music for me. I was hoping to really like this album but not doing it for me.

    I will continue to follow Crystal, hope to see her live and will wait for the next album with anticipation.

  • isisdagmar

    Here is a review that I don’t think anyone could describe as ho hum.
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301129

    To be totally fair, isn’t that a site like the examiner where it’s just fans writing the reviews? The legit reviews probably haven’t really started, but I could def see the album getting good ones. Even if the country twist means it’s not my kind of music, Crystal sounds fantastic.

  • mozart4898

    Speak Now sounds like Aretha meets Jimmy Hendrix (no disrespect to SRV but little wings is Jimmys’ song). I could listen to that Strat intro and solo all day long, the ending of that song was gospel heaven. Just WOW. Absolutely my favorite track right now.

    I really kinda wish there could have been/could be a Crystal and Casey James collaboration…basically him featured on guitar with her, although I almost think they could duet singing wise too. I’ve thought for a while they have a similar musical background at least to an extent. *shrugs* Not holding my breath that it’ll happen though, lol.

  • Andy11

    Yes Isis, I realized that after I posted it. Oops. But I certainly agreed with it!

  • CindyM

    Andy11:
    12/06/2010 at 11:22 pm

    Here is a review that I don’t think anyone could describe as ho hum.
    http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301129

    Third time that review’s been posted. BTW, not a professional critic, that site is like the Examiner and Associated Content. Anyone can post there.

    I never though of Crystal as polarizing. Unconventional, yes. She had the love of most of the idol bloggers, EW, JimC, etc. Her threads here don’t really generate tons of comments, nor did they during the season. You wanna see polarizing, go back and look at last year’s 2000+ comment threads, lol. I do like that she speaks her mind and doesn’t care what people might say, she and my favorite Idol seem to have that in common.

    Listened again, I’ve decided to buy the album. I like everything but Riding With The Radio (can’t stand it) and Lonely Won’t Come Around. Sometimes she seems a little shouty, but sometimes I kinda like that.. :) I think she will kill these songs live!

  • tinawina

    Nah, not even close. Can we say Kat McPhee or Danny Gokey?

    I don’t even think you could say polarizing. Those 2 were just flat out hated. LOL. Whatever fans they had were totally shouted down by everyone else. Poor Gokey.

    I really kinda wish there could have been/could be a Crystal and Casey James collaboration

    That would be kewl.

  • Q3

    I think she will kill these songs live!

    ITA — listening to the album makes me want to see her live more than I did before.

  • Indigobunting

    I don’t really see it as the revolutionary album of the year like some fans are predicting; but then; some of us fans will say things like that, won’t we?

    Yes, you did put my thoughts more accurately; of course it is only some fans. Lol, there are always some fans in every fanbase.

    ETA: I am really glad that her fans are so happy about her album. Even if an album doesn’t shoot to the top; its great to have an album from your Idol that you like, and not get “Biced” . I will enjoy the songs I purchase off the album :)

  • tierbee

    The album sounds great, really looking forward to buying it and giving it a listen in the car. That’s the best way for me to digest an album… She should be quite proud of this album. I don’t think it’s groundbreaking but it’s damn solid – and that’s a big achievement with your “right off Idol” album.

  • plays strings

    I really kinda wish there could have been/could be a Crystal and Casey James collaboration

    Geez folks… give it time. She’s just getting started. It may happen cause it’s a good idea!

    Reminds me of a lot of the albums I would buy way back when. Not just one good song but a lot of them.

    Holy Toledo I think is just an amazing song when you think about what was going on in her life at that point. It’s really moving.

  • Mahalo2

    On my second listen — enjoying it a lot!
    Actually my least favorite is FWIW — it’s such an iconic song, I had trouble getting past that!
    Speak Now was even better! Felt the gospel vibe like her version of “As Long As I Can See the Light” on Idol.
    Kudos to Crystal! :)

  • suenigma

    Indigobunting:..of course it is only some fans. Lol, there are always some fans in every fanbase. I am really glad that her fans are so happy about her album. Even if an album doesn’t shoot to the top; its great to have an album from your Idol that you like, and not get “Biced” .

    And some heretofore “non-fans” as well. I honestly don’t think that I have ever posted about Crystal before this thread, and here I am all gaga.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Listened again, I’ve decided to buy the album.

    :) So happy to see this.

    And some heretofore “non-fans” as well. I honestly don’t think that I have ever posted about Crystal before this thread, and here I am all gaga.

    Posts like these make my day, and give me even more confidence that this album will hit it big.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    While Crystal indeed may have been one of the show’s most polarizing Idols, she’s not anymore. FD is so damn good it’s practically created a love fest here! I’m a most happy camper right now.

  • Mahalo2

    I’m going to see Crystal tomorrow night at the KFOG Concert for Kids Benefit (with the Doobie Brothers). I won’t have video, but I’ll at least post her set list tomorrow night when I get back.

  • fictitiousreality

    Adam is polarizing. Crystal is not polarizing. If she was polarizing, there would be more online comments about her, more press and more Google searches. Most people do not care one way on the other.

    I never though of Crystal as polarizing. Unconventional, yes. She had the love of most of the idol bloggers, EW, JimC, etc. Her threads here don’t really generate tons of comments, nor did they during the season. You wanna see polarizing, go back and look at last year’s 2000+ comment threads, lol. I do like that she speaks her mind and doesn’t care what people might say, she and my favorite Idol seem to have that in common.

    So to recap what I said, I DIDNT say:
    Crystal > Adam (in terms of more polarized performer)

    But in their respective seasons:
    Crstal > Lee
    Bo > Carrie

    It doesnt necessarily have to be the same factors which attribute to it as well. Adam was for his weird showmanship, make-up (for the most part), Crystal was for her outspokenness, lack of make-up. My point is they created a negetive conotation to talk about other than their singing. But both created more buzz than their conterparts and clearly were the better singers in their seasons.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    Let me take this opportunity to offer up Mea Culpa Maxima to David Bendeth. I first ripped him for the pre-mix samples, and then the snippets, when in the end it turns out he produced a masterpiece record.

    Crow happily being eaten, David. My apologies.

  • BeachBum

    Man, what a KICK ASS album!! While I love Crystal when she plays the raw, acoustic versions, I REALLY love the full band versions – it just takes a little getting used to. The rich sound of the full band along with her amazing, powerful voice is an unstoppable combination… “Speak Now” is EPIC!! I know some here will disagree, but I hope she quickly forms a band with an a talented group of musicians (ie. Alison Krauss or DMB). This album is probably not one that many teens or 20-somethings will buy, but there are a LOT of “mature” listeners that will eat this up (late 20′s and up). And while I realize commercial radio is important to promoting new songs/albums, don’t underestimate the growing power of paid, satellite radio. I haven’t listened to commercial radio for 5+ years and the $12 I spend each month is worth every penny. BTW – there are now over 20 MILLION subscribers and growing. Lastly, people who want to see more of this type of music on major labels need to support Crystal and other similar artists and bands. Just like an election, you vote with your wallet. Record companies will only sign and sell albums in which they can make money. Don’t complain if you don’t support these artists. Rock on!!

  • fictitiousreality

    Man, what a KICK ASS album!! While I love Crystal when she plays the raw, acoustic versions, I REALLY love the full band versions – it just takes a little getting used to. The rich sound of the full band along with her amazing, powerful voice is an unstoppable combination. I know some here will disagree, but I hope she quickly forms a band with an a talented group of musicians (ie. Alison Krauss or DMB). This album is probably not one that many teens or 20-somethings will buy, but there are a LOT of “mature” listeners that will eat this up (late 20’s and up). While I realize commercial radio is important to promoting new songs/albums, don’t underestimate the growing power of paid, satellite radio. I haven’t listened to commercial radio for 5+ years and the $12 I spend each month is worth every penny. BTW – there are now over 20 MILLION subscribers and growing. Lastly, people who want to see more of this type of music on major labels need to support Crystal and other similar artists and bands. Just like an election, you vote with your wallet. Record companies will only sign and sell albums in which they can make money. Don’t complain if you don’t support these artists. Rock on!!

    ^^^THIS. AGREE 1000000000000000% :)

  • fictitiousreality

    Let me take this opportunity to offer up Mea Culpa Maxima to David Bendeth. I first ripped him for the pre-mix samples, and then the snippets, when in the end it turns out he produced a masterpiece record.

    Crow happily being eaten, David. My apologies.

    I dunno which one to get more excited for now. CBs kickass album or negetivo finally manning up and apologizing to DB lol :)

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    This album is probably not one that many teens or 20-somethings will buy, but there are a LOT of “mature” listeners that will eat this up (late 20’s and up).

    You said it, brother. Don’t be shocked, though, if this gets some attention from the college circuit, too. It’s a great album, and will have some cross over effect.

  • http://twitter.com/kenostroff negativo

    I dunno which one to get more excited for now. CBs kickass album or negetivo finally manning up and apologizing to DB lol :)

    When you’re wrong as often as I am you tend to get pretty good at manning up to your mistakes.

  • songsungblue

    I’m hesitantly wondering here if those who listen to roots-ish / folk-ish music will be quite as impressed? I mean, Jolie Holland has put out some pretty amazing albums. Mary Gauthier is a stunning musician, as is Iris DeMent. There are lots of singer-songwriter women with astounding chops.

    For an Idol alum, this is quite a wonderful first album. But where does it stand alongside non-Idol albums? That’s always a hard call.

  • onenineeight

    I really like this! Couldn’t tell from the snippets but some of it does sound country. Not that I’m complaining, I like country. The whole thing has a nice mesh of different styles. Pop/folk/rock/country/whatever – its awesome. I do enjoy FWIW but I haven’t heard the original. I like the entire album but my favorite so far is Mason.

  • mozart4898

    This album is probably not one that many teens or 20-somethings will buy, but there are a LOT of “mature” listeners that will eat this up (late 20’s and up).

    While I would tend to agree with this, I have to say that it’s not always the case. Case in point, somewhere I had heard that when asked their favorite bands, The Beatles actually were high in terms of popularity among teens. My feeling is that if they’re somehow exposed to her music, some younger people may end up really liking Crystal’s music as well – specifically girls that don’t give two shits about Bieber or whoever else is the flavor of the month. They may actually like the message of Crystal’s music and the fact that she’s someone they might be able to relate to.

  • mozart4898

    Ok, on my 2nd time through listening now…if I had to try to pin it down, I’d call it a cross between Jewel and Alanis, leaning more towards Jewel. However there are songs here and there that throw that for a loop – and yet they still fit.

    It’s interesting that when you read comments you see people naming all sorts of songs as favorites – it seems that Speak Now and Holy Toledo have gotten quite a few mentions from people, but then almost everyone also likes FD, they might just not think it’s the best song for radio, if we’re still talking about that. Some people like Hold On, some people hate it, some are just indifferent to it. I’d have to say that LWCA is probably just about the least liked of any but then there are a few (like me) who hear it as an interesting change and don’t mind it. (Just noticed…it might just be a synth instrument, but there’s accordian in Holy Toledo!) Anyways, my point, people have all kinds of different tastes and they’re all finding different favorites, rather than it being “damn this song is SOOO good” and few comments on any other song from anyone. I think this speaks a lot to Crystal being able to attract a variety of listeners, even if not as hardcore fans, she may pick up some casual ones here and there who do buy a couple songs.

    Damn. I’ve lived most of my life almost laughing at the city I more or less live in, and yet hearing Toledo mentioned in that song gives me chills every time I hear it. I’m telling you, it’s quite a feeling to drive into the city seeing the skyline and listening to Holy Toledo, even if the connection between the city and the song is just tangential. And that was with the acoustic demo version – I can’t wait to take that drive with this one.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Holy Toledo I think is just an amazing song when you think about what was going on in her life at that point. It’s really moving.

    Would someone please explain what Crystal was going through? I think that HT has become my favorite song on the CD now.

  • fictitiousreality

    Would someone please explain what Crystal was going through? I think that HT has become my favorite song on the CD now.

    At the age of 17, Crystal moved up and out of her little hometown, and out of Ohio. It was then she wrote “Holy Toledo,” referring to the nearby city where she’d spent much of her time. “Holy Toledo,” was the only original work by an Idol contestant that ever made it onto the show, and now, it’s on Crystal’s new record. “It’s about holding out for something better,” says Crystal. “I always knew there was something bigger out there for me. That the songs were meant to be heard. Although I was sad to leave, I could never forget what and where I come from.”

    http://crystalbowersox.blogspot.com/2010/12/pre-order-crystal-bowersox-cd-and-have.html

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Thanks, fr. :) So many of Crystal’s songs are deeply personal.

  • sr4mjc

    I know you guys hate it, but I woke up with the chorus of Hold On in my head this morning. Jive might do okay with this one on HAC if they promote it.

  • karenc

    “Holy Toledo,” was the only original work by an Idol contestant that ever made it onto the show, and now, it’s on Crystal’s new record

    This should say only original work from an idol contestant that made it onto the show while they were still a contestant. Because others, including David Cook’s A Daily Anthem,which was also written before he was on Idol, and I believe Daughtry’s Home were used on the show, but after they were contestants.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I know you guys hate it, but I woke up with the chorus of Hold On in my head this morning. Jive might do okay with this one on HAC if they promote it.

    Some do, but I love that song too. :)

  • fictitiousreality

    I know you guys hate it, but I woke up with the chorus of Hold On in my head this morning. Jive might do okay with this one on HAC if they promote it.

    Nope no one would hate I think (cannot speak for all the fans), Crystal is proud of the song and I think majority of her fans will feel the same way, even the hardcore ones. The problem with HO was there could have been so many of her originals that are much better which could have made it. David Bendeth’s mixing with the more rock songs like Kiss Ya and On the Run are pretty amazing on the album, after all thats his speciality (Paramore, Paparoach). Songs like Sandman, Calm etc could have been done exceptionally well on this record. I also think some of her lesser known songs like Slut could have done also well with a full band, it has a really catchy chord progression, and a sexy bluesy-jazz feel to it (hope those three make it to the next one).

    Here is Slut:
    http://www.youtube.com/user/hannip1#p/c/7B3EDCB274D53F71/2/LraAV7EEyNU

  • sr4mjc

    Kiss Ya and On the Run are two on the album I don’t care for much at all. But I really like Hold On, it has a very memorable hook. And Lonely still makes me want to kick puppies. LOL

    ^The video above.. I don’t remember the song, but Adam would be jealous of the fire eater dude ;)

  • fictitiousreality

    Kiss Ya and On the Run are two on the album I don’t care for much at all. But I really like Hold On. And Lonely still makes me want to kick puppies. LOL

    Well for the people who do care then. From the looks of the comments it sure is a lot of people who do like those songs so it would have been pretty awesome with Sandman or Calm instead of HO on this album. I thought I will like LWCA after full listening, it sounds catchy, it still is but the clapping is too loud IMO. I think this maybe due to low compression of the song because in the leaked version I dont rememeber them being too loud. I will still wait judgement until the final release. Right now its my least favorite as well.

    … but Adam would be jealous of the fire eater dude

    I dont get it.

  • jpfan

    Not really the kind of music I’ll listen to alot but a very well done album in its genre. Congrats Crystal, hope you do well.

  • sr4mjc

    I dont get it.

    There’s a dude eating fire in that video you posted of Slut!

  • fictitiousreality

    ^^ I know. Part I dont get is why Adam would be jealous? Did he want to make out with a fireeater on stage ;-)? I dont follow him so I dunno …

  • sr4mjc

    ^^ I know. Part I dont get is why Adam would be jealous? Did he want to make out with a fireeater on stage ? I dont follow him so I dunno …

    Oh, haha.. He wanted a flaming head dress for the Zodiac show and they wouldn’t let him, but he did have a fire eater. (and in the IIHY video) I’m sure he’d love that again. Although interesting you’d think he’d want to make out with one. um, okay.

  • fictitiousreality

    Although interesting you’d think he’d want to make out with one. um, okay.

    To quote Lee, thats his thing right? lol :D

  • sr4mjc

    To quote Lee, thats his thing right? lol

    nah, with the exception of a couple of fans over 100+ shows, he sticks to kissing one particular guy while on stage. Not safe to assume he wants to make out with everyone. Although fire eating dude makeout would be hot, pardon the pun. But to quote Adam ‘I’m not a whore!’

    sorry, back to our regularly scheduled program. I just found Crystal having a fire eater in her performance was kinda funny.

  • ron54911

    Here is another review.\
    http://burnthismedia.blogspot.com/

  • meyers77

    Songs like Sandman, Calm etc could have been done exceptionally well on this record. I also think some of her lesser known songs like Slut could have done also well with a full band, it has a really catchy chord progression, and a sexy bluesy-jazz feel to it (hope those three make it to the next one).

    Agreed, would love to have Calm and Slut on an album (really like them). Hopefully in the future. Two other slower songs I would love to hear her record are Flowers for Mother (could see that being used in a movie) and Ohio Flies By.

  • Jae

    I am late to the party but I did listen to Crystal’s album yesterday. After listening to the tracks, I am not sure what genre to put this in. I would have liked her to go a tracy chapman or melissa ethridge track but she is just her self on this. Some of these songs are country leaning but the rest, i am not sure where to put them. I wouldn’t know what radio station to play her on really. But I think she did prettty well for an Idol debut album. No plans to purchase but I think people who liked her a lot on Idol (and I did like her, just was rabid like I was for s7 and s8) should like this CD.

  • fictitiousreality

    Not safe to assume he wants to make out with everyone.

    Didnt say that. Crystal was scared shit with the fire eater on stage. Although if there indeed was a MJ like fire on hair incident that would have been damn funny lol. But then again we cannot make fun of her dreads then, shit no win-win…

    Hopefully in the future. Two other slower songs I would love to hear her record are Flowers for Mother (could see that being used in a movie) and Ohio Flies By.

    Wait what?? havent heard OFB, is it available online to see? Send link fast, cant typ…

  • Inconnu

    sr4mjc:
    12/07/2010 at 7:22 am
    I know you guys hate it, but I woke up with the chorus of Hold On in my head this morning. Jive might do okay with this one on HAC if they promote it.

    I don’t hate Hold On. I used too when I heard it on Hit Predictor. It think it’s catchy. It’s not the type of songs I like listening to mind you but I’m not as adverse to it as I was before.
    If there is a song I really don’t care about on the album, it’s Lovely Won’t Come Around. I remember reading Lindsay Parker’s review. She mentions that it’s her favorite on the album. Wow, talk about different strokes for different folks.
    I think my favs now on the album are Speak Now, Kiss Ya, Mason and Arlene. The first 3 songs didn’t do much for me before and I love that when an album does that to you: makes you discover songs in a brand new light.
    I would have really have liked I Am on the album. I think it has a lovely melody (even if it was hard to hear at that Festival last summer). And I don’t know Ohio Flies By. Will have to check it out.

  • Eriko

    I know you guys hate it, but I woke up with the chorus of Hold On in my head this morning.

    I don´t hate it at all, it´s ok, much better imo than much of the top 40 I hear. If it can attract people to Crystal who wouldn´t otherwise, than Jive, go for it. But isn´t that what´s already in the works, release FD and HO simultaneously in late jan? Hope Speak Now will be the 3rd single, I think it would reach a large diverse crowd

  • Nina1

    I’m hesitantly wondering here if those who listen to roots-ish / folk-ish music will be quite as impressed? I mean, Jolie Holland has put out some pretty amazing albums. Mary Gauthier is a stunning musician, as is Iris DeMent. There are lots of singer-songwriter women with astounding chops.

    Thanks for the referral to artists! I used to really enjoy folk, but after listening to a college folk station for a while, I found later folk just awful. Sixties folk artists were a whole different thing (Joan Baez, Bob Dylan) and obviously some of the music has crossed over. I definitely like some of the quieter songs (love Arlene), and I love that the songs are not trite, but say something and say it well. Many people who loved folk also loved rock and this album mixes the two very well IMHO.

    I have a little problem with Mason, only because I can’t get past the word mason. Use of it seems a stretch to me, like it was inserted because it has two syllables when another word would be better. I’ll get over it.

  • Inconnu

    Listening to Speak Now again. The guitar solo, her rendition and the subtleties of the keyboard. This song has hit potential all over it.

  • fictitiousreality

    Listening to Speak Now again. The guitar solo, her rendition and the subtleties of the keyboard. This song has hit potential all over it.

    Same here. Been on repeat for about an hour now. Dunno about being a hit on todays radio, but definitely will make a person stop on his/her tracks. Who here has rewinded back to the last chorus with the high octave part? its simply breathtaking, elevation to musical heavenness…sigh

  • Hallelujah23

    I’m hesitantly wondering here if those who listen to roots-ish / folk-ish music will be quite as impressed? I mean, Jolie Holland has put out some pretty amazing albums. Mary Gauthier is a stunning musician, as is Iris DeMent. There are lots of singer-songwriter women with astounding chops.

    I listen to a lot of roots music (and a huge Dement fan) and I am extremely impressed with this record. With the exception of LWCA and Hold On, which are still decent–just not Crystal, imo–it is solid.

  • Jon

    Holy Toledo and Speak Now. Actually had chills listening to those.

  • Eriko

    Same here. Been on repeat for about an hour now. Dunno about being a hit on todays radio, but definitely will make a person stop on his/her tracks

    Isn´t that one of the main elements for a hit? A song that stops you from whatever you´re doing? Also, Speak Now, grabbed me by the balls, on my very first listen. Another important element for a single/hit. Plus, I think it has a broad appeal, kinda genre immune

  • shlitzy

    Is the consensus here that she will sell under 40k the first week?

  • Eriko

    According to the veteran Q3, who imo, seems to be reliable and know what she talks about, replied earlier to this post. So, yes, probably under 40k

    An exaggeration, but I don’t think that Crystal’s debut week sales will be more than Lee’s (I expect around 30-35K, maybe less). There’s definitely a market for this kind of music, but the extent to which Crystal is promoted and appeals to that market will determine her commercial success (and whether that will be enough to maintain a recording contract with a major label).

    Q3:
    My guess is that 30K would be a great debut considering that she has little promotion going on, this is not a high-selling genre, and she is not in the Top 100 on Amazon which is one of the key retailers for both Idols and this style of Singer-Songwriters. She is also not in the Top 200 on iTunes. Overall FD online chart positions are lower than Allison was a year ago — it will not be a great debut week.

  • jpfan

    This particular genre of music will never sell tons but she can establish herself as a reputable artist. I think if she can ultimately sell 120-150K, she’d have a hit ( especially because she wrote almost all the songs and seems to have only one producer. )

    She just needs to establish credibility which is very tough for folks from Idol.

  • Eriko

    I think if she can ultimately sell 120-150K, she’d have a hit especially because she wrote almost all the songs and seems to have only one producer.

    I´ve said it before, and now, after hearing the whole album, I´m more convinced. IMO, her initial numbers might be low, but I think her ratio for new non-idol fans, will be higher than previous idols and the sales will snowball and eventually reach gold (500k) In other words, I won´t be concerned with first week sales, but obviously hope they´ll be higher than is predicted

    ETA I also think a large portion of her demographic is not that internet, twitter, blog, facebook etc savy. and therefore not into pre-sales etc. Those buyers aren´t rushing out to buy the first week, so their purchases would spread out over a longer period. Also, word-of-mouth takes some time to gain momentum

  • plays strings

    I agree with Eriko. I think there are a bunch of us older folks who love her music as well, but, nothings been done yet to reach our demo.
    A lot of people don’t even know it’s out there ,,,, yet. Just my opinion of course.

  • shlitzy

    I guess the real question here is, can she be a career artist and not a flash in the pan? Sales aside, making a living and being true to yourself might be worth more than gold or platinum. It is xmas here, maybe the sales might be greater through the holiday period. I am guessing over 50k first week. What is the upside to Jive not reaching the demo? I am confused. I thought the idea was to sell records. Here in Atlanta there are some fans.

  • AllenTX

    It’s a well produced and cohesive album. To be fair, I’d say it’s a stand out among idol debut albums, but I doubt it’ll have any significant impact either among critics or general public outside idol bubble. A lot of singer-songwriters have been doing things similar to this and some are much better than this. Listen to Mumford & Sons album, you’ll see why they’re the rage nowadays among critics and how Crystal’s album pales in comparison.

  • Eriko

    Listen to Mumford & Sons album, you’ll see why they’re the rage nowadays among critics and how Crystal’s album pales in comparison.

    I have, but not crazy about them, good yes. IMO, they pale in comparison to Crystal

  • AllenTX

    Sure, taste is always subjective. but i’m taking about the impact outside idol fandom here. Well, let’s wait and see. I wouldn’t hold my breath for most major critics even reviewing it.

  • oceana

    Wow, I’m impressed by the first few songs, haven’t listened to them all yet. I LOVE Farmer’s Daughter! Whoo! I wasn’t a huge fan during the show but I definitely want this cd now. As for genre, does everything have to fit into a box? I don’t think so. Sounds like singer-songwriter folk-rock-country to me.

  • shlitzy

    I love Mumford, the have a huge live following, and a big hit at radio. I think that is all it takes.No real top 40 yet though

  • meyers77

    fictitiousreality:
    Wait what?? havent heard OFB, is it available online to see? Send link fast, cant typ…

    The first month or so she was on AI, and I was finding YouTube videos of her (Farmer’s Daughter, etc.) there was a video of Ohio Flies By. It was her singing in someone’s apartment (or could have been hers??). It was kinda like some guy (maybe a boyfriend? at the time) had invited a few people over to show them how good she was.

    But it was only up for a month or so and someone took it down. I’ve been looking every couple of weeks for ….well ever since, but I’ve never seen it again.

  • meyers77

    Inconnu: I would have really have liked I Am on the album

    I believe that is actually “Calm”.

  • AllenTX

    Maybe comparing Crystal to Mumford is bit unfair, after all, Mumford is one of the only few who actually have gone beyond critics’ rave and got a popular single on the radio. But since people here are talking about her becoming critics’ darling and even iconic figure, I just don’t see it, when you have Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Laura Marling, etc, etc to compare to.

  • neartist

    I believe that is actually “Calm”.

    No they are two different songs

    David Bendeth twittered some info about the album you can go to his twitter to see it all.

    Crystal played acoustic on every song. She also sang all the backgrounds with John Bender and Brian. (I wish Frankie would have sang bg on a song or two)

    David Bendeth played the solo on Speak Now and all guitars on FWIW and Mason

  • Eriko

    But since people here are talking about her becoming critics’ darling, I just don’t see it,

    Critics darling, may be to strong of a word. Then there are those who don´t think reviews make much of a difference. I´m hoping that positive reviews from “trusted” or respective sources, could help her break into the AAA radio format, since apparently it hasn´t been done before by a AI contestant and will therefore be a challenge.

    One thing I wouldn´t under estimate, is what seems the mutual respect she´s getting from respected and established artists who have fans that could appreciate Crystal and be exposed to her from various collaborations with these artists. Wouldn´t surprise me if she opened up for Melissa or Franti next year, that is, if they do use opening acts. Then it´s Lilith Fair etc. All this can get a lot of word-of-mouth going on….so there are other ways than radio to get her out there.

    Can´t wait for the video, I think it will be something special that will get attention

  • meyers77

    No they are two different songs

    My bad. Yes they are two different songs (I Am) Numb (I think it’s called). Someone had put up a video of “Calm” from Power to the Peaceful and labeled it “I Am”. I thought you were talking about that one.

  • LoveDaRocker

    I think Hold On is a pretty good song.

  • fictitiousreality

    Isn´t that one of the main elements for a hit? A song that stops you from whatever you´re doing? Also, Speak Now, grabbed me by the balls, on my very first listen. Another important element for a single/hit. Plus, I think it has a broad appeal, kinda genre immune

    Hey happened to me too, and by the looks of it there was a lot of grabbings of the balls here as well lol.. but the truth is, is it radio friendly, does it go along with whats being played on radio? I did listen to her debut on radio when they played HO and FD and man was it such an awkward switch. I think they played some rapper or hiphop artist (Dr. Snoop Dre Biggy, I dunno) before her and it was just weird, even for HO. The other thing is this song is pretty long for radio as well, almost 5 minutes can be considered quite lengthy for radio play (I dunno whats the standard, maybe someone can help here).

    I like the idea about paid satellite radio that someone else mentioned, that probably would be more of her audience than top 40 pop radio. Also maybe pandora (since exclusive to US I cant use it anymore, but that was a great tool to discover new music) and last.fm could help as well. I know people are willing to bear the small cost to find new music than what they force-fed on the radio these days…there definitely is a market for Crystal in these new avenues IMO.

  • meyers77

    Wouldn´t surprise me if she opened up for Melissa or Franti next year, that is, if they do use opening acts

    Franti does. Saw him a few weeks ago. He had an English acoustic/bluesy/folksy/singer-songwriter (Bobby Long) opening up for him. Real cool voice.

    Franti’s concert was awesome, by the way.

  • Eriko

    I think Hold On is a pretty good song.

    My question is, how many who´d like Hold On if they heard it on the radio, would also appreciate the rest of the album? Anyone have an opinion?

  • fictitiousreality

    One thing I wouldn´t under estimate, is what seems the mutual respect she´s getting from respected and established artists who have fans that could appreciate Crystal and be exposed to her from various collaborations with these artists

    I think this is a very smart approach by Crystal especially to get fans outside of AI circles. Rather than having your own show in the early stages with all the AI fans gaga-ing over you its much better to appear with other artists who reflect her musical direction. PTTP, Pinktober, Doobie brothers, I think she gained quite a number of fans from all these shows. These fans might not have preordered her album yet or arent rushing to get record breaking first week sales, but they will get there eventually.

  • Eriko

    PTTP, Pinktober, Doobie brothers, I think she gained quite a number of fans from all these shows.

    Judging from what many of her other hard core fans have said, they may not like this. But I think Crystal would have gained much more from the above events, if she´d had a full band during those performances. That was my opinion at the time, now after hearing the CD, my opinion is even stronger

  • fictitiousreality

    Oh my Crystal Bawosakseu has a lot of Korean fans lol. She just retweeted this.

    RT @JessFairy: ???? ????(@crystalbowersox)? ?? Farmer’s Daughter – ??? ??? ?? ?? ? ???? ???! ??? ??? ??? ?~ ? ???? ?? ??? ??? ????. Great job, Crystal!

    Translation:
    Crystal bawosakseu (@ crystalbowersox) album Farmer’s Daughter – from Idol’s debut album without hesitation of the best! ~ Shivers all over my body the way you listen to this album what is expected yirulji achievement. Great job, Crystal!

    Just love,love,love her :)

    ETA: As suspected sp characters dun work here…oh well

  • CindyM

    Then it´s Lilith Fair etc.

    Lilith Fair didn’t even get on the ground last summer, did it?? I thought they ended up cancelling the majority of their dates due to low ticket sales.

  • Eriko

    RT @JessFairy: ???? ????(@crystalbowersox)? ?? Farmer’s Daughter – ??? ??? ?? ?? ? ???? ???! ??? ??? ??? ?~ ? ???? ?? ??? ??? ????. Great job, Crystal!

    Didn´t realize “?” had so many different meanings in Korea :)

  • bridgette12

    With this album I am guessing she might sell between 20-25K and that’s a lot, considering where she’s at on Amazon and Itunes. No one can buy the album if they don’t hear it and she’s barely had any radio play.

  • fictitiousreality

    Judging from what many of her other hard core fans have said, you may not like this. But I think Crystal would have gained much more from the above events, if she´d had a full band during those performances. That was my opinion at the time, now after hearing the CD, my opinion is even stronger

    Well those are opinions, just as my opinion is that her voice alone will carry her very much further. Case and point Me & Bobby Mcgee with Doobie Brothers:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8FqZkbD-kk

  • fictitiousreality

    Didn´t realize “?” had so many different meanings in Korea

    Funny, ok heres the actual tweet then:
    http://twitter.com/JessFairy/status/12169172511363072

  • Eriko

    Lilith Fair didn’t even get on the ground last summer, did it?? I thought they ended up cancelling the majority of their dates due to low ticket sales.

    Well, Crystal was missing from lineup :) Kidding aside, weren´t concerts being canceled all over, like never before, due to the economy. Their website is now introducing some additional tour dates.

  • Indigobunting

    Well, I listened to the album a second time (I always do for any previewed album; truer impressions that way).

    Switched from buying two singles to committing to picking up the album when they have the usual iTunes sale. I like at least 4 songs on it (my criteria for buying an album vs. singles, lol). Least favorite are FWIW (too iconic, don’t think she does it justice), Kiss Ya and the annoying whistle/clapping song. But the rest is pleasant, and Holy Toledo and FD are good.

    My question is, how many who´d like Hold On if they heard it on the radio, would also appreciate the rest of the album? Anyone have an opinion?

    Erik, I think Hold On should have been the single. It’s a good song, and frankly, I don’t see it as being so different from the rest of the album. I thought there was a lot more disconnect between Lee’s single and the rest of his album.
    Crystal sounds like Crystal- it just sounds a little more rock than the folkier rest of the album. But not sure how radio friendly Crystal is period in this musical era (that is not a good thing, IMO, not a fan of current pop at all).

  • Eriko

    Erik, I think Hold On should have been the single. It’s a good song, and frankly, I don’t see it as being so different from the rest of the album.

    Good to hear. But as I understand, Hold On WILL be a single along with FD. They´re releasing them at the same time. Please, if anyone knows different, speak up

    Also, those who know and have heard much of Nickelback s music, how does Hold On compare as a song (not the singing) to their other stuff? Is it a leftover or cast away, or about the same?

  • songsungblue

    With this album I am guessing she might sell between 20-25K and that’s a lot, considering where she’s at on Amazon and Itunes. No one can buy the album if they don’t hear it and she’s barely had any radio play.

    You could be totally right about that – I would never guess that she’d sell 90K or above. Very unlikely. On the other hand, Lee was at the exact same place on Amazon before his release, and Crystal hasn’t done any of her promo appearances yet. Leno, Regis, Chelsea Lately – they’re all this week. So I’m not completely counting her out. My [uneducated] guess is that she will match Lee’s sales and look like a success for doing so, if only because she didn’t win and he [unfairly, in my opinion] looks like a flop. We should really have a pool going. Heh.

  • fictitiousreality

    Erik, I think Hold On should have been the single. It’s a good song, and frankly, I don’t see it as being so different from the rest of the album.

    I seriously dont see any difference between HO and FD on which is more radio friendlier. I heard both of them on radio and they sounded out of place with the rest of what they were playing. I still think it should be FD which is the single. Well the market will speak very soon I guess, we will wait and see.

  • Eriko

    I still think it should be FD which is the single. Well the market will speak very soon I guess, we will wait and see.

    Guess I´ll have to repeat what I asked just a little earlier. Isn´t Hold On also going to be a single along with FD, and released at the same time?

    If video´s have some impacts on sales, FD is the better choice as I see them do something special with it, they couln´t have done with HO

  • fictitiousreality

    ^^^ And thats why I said the market will speak. We shall see which one takes off and which don’t :)

  • Eriko

    Thx fictitiousreality, got it…but I like things being explained to me as a 6 year old…you know, just in case :)

  • sr4mjc

    My question is, how many who´d like Hold On if they heard it on the radio, would also appreciate the rest of the album? Anyone have an opinion?

    I’ll play! I am a HAC/CHR listener. I like Hold On. I don’t like Nickelback at all, mainly because I hate his voice. But I wouldn’t buy the album. Riding is too twangy, never liked the original FWIW, On the Run, Kiss Ya, and Speak Now I would all skip over, and really hate the whistling song. I do like her voice on FD and HT. While Mine All Mine is dated sounding, her voice is pretty on it. I will buy HO, so she’ll get my .09

    I can’t see Speak Now getting any HAC play, not without an edit. The intro is way too long, the solo in the middle would need to be cut. I don’t think it’s a good radio candidate even with an edit though. Too bad I can’t get into her songs, she’s got a nice voice.

  • fictitiousreality

    So which CB track is your favorite and which one has grown most on you since first listen?

    Favorite: Speak Now
    Most Grown On Me: Riding With The Radio

  • fictitiousreality

    I like Hold On. I don’t like Nickelback at all, mainly because I hate his voice. But I wouldn’t buy the album. Riding is too twangy, never liked the original FWIW, On the Run, Kiss Ya, and Speak Now I would all skip over, and really hate the whistling song. I do like her voice on FD and HT. While Mine All Mine is dated sounding, her voice is pretty on it. I will buy HO, so she’ll get my .09

    Hahah I think you are quite the adequate market sampling lol and that pretty much says what would happen if they released HO only on the radio. Thank god they are releasing a truer representation of her album, FD as well…but hey we are atleast 0.09c richer than before lol :)

  • sr4mjc

    Happy to help! :)

  • Indigobunting

    But as I understand, Hold On WILL be a single along with FD.

    Oh, that’s right! I guess that is just such a strange thing to do that I forgot about it ;)

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    fmqb is showing Farmers Daughter as being available for airplay (the single) 01.10.11 (jan 10?) http://fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=16774 (under triple a)

  • plays strings

    Not sure why some folks don’t like FWIW. Unfortunately I was around for the original and I think this one’s great. Melody is about the same but her vocal touches make it uniquely her. Like the way the bass player impacts it as well. She said once she doesn’t like to change the originals too much out of respect for the artist. I think there is a segment that will really like it.

  • LoveDaRocker

    Eriko:

    My question is, how many who´d like Hold On if they heard it on the radio, would also appreciate the rest of the album? Anyone have an opinion?

    That’s a good point. I agree that Hold On is a bit off the rest of the album, but not that much. Its really hard to directly answer your question, but my guess is that out of all the people who would like Hold On, about half would appreciate the rest of the album.

  • revolution

    As Crystal herself described the album, Its a little bit Country and a little bit Rock and Roll…old school country that is.

    Coming out of the gates sales might not impress, but the quality of this album will give it a longer shelf life than Lee.

    Come January AAA stations will be playing Farmer’d Daughter, Hold on will be on pop and maybe country stations…KFOG in Frisco has been playing Riding With the Radio, which I expect to get released to country stations.

    So far the reviews are terrific, MTV and VH1 seem to love her. I’m optimistic, I’m buying stock in Crystal, her future is bright.

    Look at top 10 albums, Boyle, Avancho, Nora Jones Mumford and Suns, are they radio friendly?

  • Inconnu

    meyers77:
    12/07/2010 at 12:12 pm
    No they are two different songs

    My bad. Yes they are two different songs (I Am) Numb (I think it’s called). Someone had put up a video of “Calm” from Power to the Peaceful and labeled it “I Am”. I thought you were talking about that one.

    That’s right meyers77, they are 2 different songs. This is I Am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdZHqIoXW-I

    and this is Calm
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl_5qydCayc

    both sung at the Power To The Peaceful.

    I just love the melody to I Am.

    fictitiousreality:
    12/07/2010 at 1:25 pm
    So which CB track is your favorite and which one has grown most on you since first listen?

    Favorite: (Same here) Speak Now
    Most grown on Me: Kiss Ya :-)

  • fictitiousreality

    According to FMQB, Crystal Bowersox’s single, “Farmer’s Daughter” will be released to the Triple A radio format on January 10. Releasing Idol music to Triple A? I do believe Crystal is the first.

    This is very good news for Crystal. I think Speak Now will be a hit on AAA, possibly Kiss Ya, On the Run, Holy Toledo and Farmers’ Daughter. I even think FWIW will make it far in there…this is really exciting stuff for her :D

    Its funny that it was just while back that Jive was clueless or didnt care about Crystal, now it seems they do know what her audience is. Changing HO to FD as first single was the first indication really, I think that was the time they heard the album and knew what a kick ass album it was.

    Crystal’s first appearance on network TV is tommorow:
    The talented @crystalbowersox will be @TheGroveLA on Wed Dec 8th at 2:30PM to chat w Mario about her new album and will perform a new song!

    Wonder if the full band will be there? I hope so. This definitely will be exciting to see.

  • fictitiousreality

    Inconnu:
    Favorite: (Same here) Speak Now
    Most grown on Me: Kiss Ya

    I love Kiss Ya. My favorite from the snippets lol. First listen it was already a favorite. The soul infused organs, the powerful background choruses, the overdriven guitar and man what a solo (guitar+organ). I think I forgot something hmmm..oh yea Mamas bluesy grit and growls. Just wow.

    Lets hear a duet with Lenny Kravitz. Comm’on Gina, Jive lets make it happen :D

  • Inconnu

    You forgot the drums!!! I like the funky vibe of it.

  • fictitiousreality

    You forgot the drums!!! I like the funky vibe of it.

    Oops, yeah Chuck Burgi awesome on the drums. The drumming is pretty solid on all the songs, love it on OTR, HT, SN.

    This is in the same vein – Are You Gonna Go My Way. Lenny Kratitz = Jimi Hendrix in the 90s lol.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLhpHjmxNw8

  • Inconnu

    Wow Bring it On! …lol Funk and Rock And Roll. That’s a listening party allright!

    Wonder if the full band will be there? I hope so. This definitely will be exciting to see.

    That’s why I like Kiss Ya so much. Because of the band. It really elevates the song.
    I hope so too that she starts performing with a band, once in a while. Not always acoustic. It’s good to mix it up.

  • Indigobunting

    Come January AAA stations will be playing Farmer’d Daughter, Hold on will be on pop and maybe country stations…KFOG in Frisco has been playing Riding With the Radio, which I expect to get released to country station

    I think you may be a wee bit optimistic, lol. Especially the country stations. They have absolutely no reason to play Crystal, and I’m not sure Jive will have any push with them. And Hold On played on a Country station? Unless she has an uncle who is the PD, I doubt it.

    Your enthusiasm is impressive, but I think it will be great if she just has steady slow progress on triple A. That would be a coup for an Idol.

  • neartist

    When she is on Leno couldn’t the house band play with her? Do they ever do that with their musical guests? That is if she doesnt have her own band to play with her

  • plays strings

    I’ve been wondering about that since they announced Leno. The music would not be familiar like “What’s Up” but they are pros and at least there is some history.

    Have not heard anything about a band but I suppose it could be in the works.

  • Eriko

    Love FWIW….so I´m surprised how many think it´s one of the lesser song or even the worst. Songs like it, are the songs I feel bring the “bluesy-soul” sound out of her vocals the best, which is what I felt in love with during the show. Hope they play it on AAA stations, think it might get her new fans to check out the album

  • Mahalo2

    Eriko:
    12/08/2010 at 11:04 am
    Love FWIW….so I´m surprised how many think it´s one of the lesser song or even the worst. Songs like it, are the songs I feel bring the “bluesy-soul” sound out of her vocals the best, which is what I felt in love with during the show. Hope they play it on AAA stations, think it might get her new fans to check out the album

    Since this Crystal thread is still a wee bit alive, I thought I’d post a few of my impressions around Crystal performing last night at the KFOG Concert for Kids in SF last night. Here was her set list:
    1) Riding With the Radio; 2) Mine All Mine; 3) Holy Toledo; 4) For What It’s Worth; 5) Piece of My Heart; 6) Farmer’s Daughter; 7) Speak Now; and for the surprise last song (by request) — Sandman!!!

    It was all acoustic w/Frankie May on bass — her voice sounded clear, strong and powerful. On songs, like FWTR, FWIW, SN, and Sandman, I wished she would have had her full band, b/c I think that would have been a blast. I actually liked FWIW a lot more live than on the record. She got a great reception for the Bay Area crowd — she got the largest applause for POMH, her famous Janis Joplin rendition (no surprise) and Sandman!! Her loyal fans started calling out song requests after her 3rd song, and Crystal seemed surprised some were asking for Sandman, which she said she hadn’t played in a long time wondered if she remembered how to play it. She killed it! Even if SM is not on her album, she definitely should play it when she goes on tour. After her performance, I heard a bunch of folks who had never heard her sing, say they thought she was great.

    One funny moment happened after her third song, a couple people in the audience yelled out, “You should have won!” Everybody laughed. Crystal, sounding amused, smiled and said, “I think I did.” :)

  • neartist

    Didnt she do Sandman at Power To The Peaceful?

  • Eriko

    Thanks Mahalo2, good read, and congrats for being lucky enough to see Mama. Unfortunately, since this thread doesn´t show on the main page anymore, most Crystal fans will miss it :(

  • fictitiousreality

    Unfortunately, since this thread doesn´t show on the main page anymore, most Crystal fans will miss it

    Except the hardcore ones lol. Thanks Mahalo2. Sandman was top of my list for album after hearing her YT videos along with FD, SBG, HT during AI. Really hoped it would have made it.

    So Crystal didnt play with big brother and holding company? Thats a shame cos it would have been really something. I also heard she went back to LA after the show to play with them, is that true then? Although seems unlikely since she has a grueling schedule after this.

  • Mahalo2

    Thanks Mahalo2, good read, and congrats for being lucky enough to see Mama. Unfortunately, since this thread doesn´t show on the main page anymore, most Crystal fans will miss it

    Eriko, I thought about that too. I debated where to post my comments. I can try to put my above report in the current headlines thread and see if more fans can see it. But things can also get more lost in the general headlines shuffle.

    Let me add a couple other things (for hard core Crystal fans):

    It was so strange to finally hear Crystal sing her original songs live, after only seeing/hearing them on YouTube. I will be really excited to hear her with her full band. Her voice is so powerful (esp. b/c this was an acoustic only set), I think the sound people had to adjust her mic volume in the beginning, b/c her voice almost came off too strong. She sings with great passion — she’s not be be missed, live. You can tell Crystal loves San Francisco, and the KFOG announcers really sung her praises. She also got a lot of love from members of the Doobie Bros. They gave her several shout outs during their performances. At the very end of the program, one member said the wanted to thank Crystal, their “little sister.” — even tho’ these guys old enough to be her father and more, LOL.

    Surprisingly, she did not attempt to promote her upcoming album at all. She only briefly mentioned it when some of her fans were calling out for Crystal to plays some songs from the album (maybe b/c it was a benefit concert?) I could tell you what she wore (kinda sexy) but I’m sure someone will have video of that, LOL.

    The only thing I would say that might be useful for Crystal to work on as a performer, is for her to get a bit more comfortable being a little more physically dynamic on stage. She’s laid back and not outgoing by nature; however, after seeing the Doobie Bros. light up the stage w/their band, their movement and energy, I can see how that dynamism really energizes the audience and their music gots folks on their feet (I was in the ailes dancing!) She’s got lots of time to grow. I think if she can open for some real veteran (but still popular) bands, that extra energy and experience will rub off on her.

    I was very happy camper last night! :). My only disappointment was that Crystal did not join the DBs during their hour and a half set.

  • calzzz

    thanks Mahalo for sharing. will now search on utube for videos :)

  • neartist

    Since we were talking about wether she would have a band or what not on Leno, ellen and regis and kelly I saw these tweets tonite

    jeffkazee rehearsing w @CrystalBowersox in L.A. for TV appearances…

    jeffkazee TV ALERT! jk w Crystal Bowersox: Tonight Show w/ Leno (Fri. 12/10), Regis & Kelly (12/13), Ellen (12/16). Get “Farmer’s Daughter” on 12/14.

    His wiki says he is a pianist

  • Inconnu

    He is one of the musician who plays on the album. The producer DB sent a tweet to Jeff a couple days ago (when the AOL listening party occured) saying that he was a musical genius so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did a lot of the arrangements on the album. I know he played piano on Mine All Mine.

    Here is Jeff Kazee’s bio on his twitter account singer/songwriter/pianist/producer & arranger-Southside Johnny & Asbury Jukes, Bon Jovi, G.E. Smith, Crystal Bowersox,et al..kazeedigs… I record with people.

    I would really like Crystal to show up with a band too at times and Mahalo2, thanks for your review.