Realistically, everything there is to say about the Idol tour has already been said in one of these recaps, but yet people keep reading them. And when I was perusing the concert thread, I felt myself wanting to give my impressions, so here goes. Please be kind, as I haven’t really had time to edit extensively. Also, it should go without saying that everything is an opinion, and I think you’ll get an idea of my musical tastes…

Background: I’m a 28-year-old guy who just finished grad school, not the typical demographic for Idol. I started watching occasionally when my mom and sister were into Clay Aiken and then added the show to my (rather extensive) permanent TV roster over the next few seasons. I mainly enjoyed the show as pop culture until last year when I became very invested in David Cook (one year later, I own the album but don’t follow him extensively). This year I thought I was back to normal, until I became an even bigger fan of Kris. At the start, this fandom was mild–I liked Man in the Mirror and was thrilled Kris got through to the finals despite common sense saying he had no chance. But Adam’s Black or White and Ring of Fire made him my early favorite, with Kris (and Allison) as my chosen underdogs to throw a few votes at if I happened to watch the show live. Over time, though, I became a bit of a Kris superfan as he continued to survive each week. At Final 4, I started voting like a madman, and I was thrilled at the improbable storybook ending. Though I think Adam deserved the win too, I honestly believe Kris outperformed Adam during the last half of the show, so it all made perfect sense to me. The excitement of the win has got me following Kris in the news much more than I ever followed Cook, and so I decided that I would give the tour a shot as well. Considering my other summer concerts were Paul McCartney, Elton John/Billy Joel, and The Moody Blues, I got a little flak from my friends about this choice, but whatever, it’s all fun. I managed to convince one friend to go, which wasn’t too hard–she went to the finale last year, did fundraising for David Cook, and was once a Rickey cellcaster! All right, now that the lengthy background is done, on with the show:

Our seats were at the very top of the arena, so I didn’t have a great view at all. I do have a few pictures (10x zoom = not *too* bad) and video fragments, but they’re probably not worth posting. Way up there, the standing/sitting debate is not such an issue: Everybody sat all night, except a few who stood for most of Adam and Kris.

Michael: I liked Michael on the show until the semis, when I realized he wasn’t really that great and was helped too much by his backstory. But his tweets have made me really like the guy, so I was in a good mood as he sang and enjoyed both songs (Closer more than the first). Sadly, I wasn’t paying as much attention as I would have liked because I was texting for backstage passes (fail, though I just bought a Fusion two weeks ago!), finishing food, messing around with my camera, etc. Poor Michael has a tough job, opening this huge show (and it was pretty packed in Boston) all by himself. And then just when you start to get into him, he’s gone very suddenly. The whole show is rather schizophrenic, especially in the first act, which makes it hard to really get excited about anyone as much as you’d like.

Megan: I’ve never really liked Megan, so there’s not much to say. Put Your Records On was not bad, probably because I know the song. I don’t know the Amy Winehouse song, so I didn’t really enjoy it, but it wasn’t as bad as I’ve heard either. Still, it seems like Megan doesn’t really find the right pitch sometimes. Anyway, like Michael, her set was over so fast that it
was pretty much a non-event. But Michael was much better.

Scott: On the show, my opinion of Scott was kind of like the one I had of Sarver–not that great, advanced too far based on backstory. Tonight, however, I thought he was actually really good, much better than I expected. I don’t know the Keane song, but I liked it, and A Thousand Miles was quite good. From the moment he appeared, Scott seemed to have a lot more presence than the first two. It might be the connection to the piano, but his vocals were much better live too. (The banter was also pretty funny even though I was spoiled for it–Scott has good comedic timing.) At the end, I felt like I wanted more Scott (which surprised me) and was actually kind of irritated to move onto…

Lil: I never liked Lil that much either, though I felt a little bad for her as she disintegrated on the show. R&B isn’t my favorite genre of music, and Lil is not really that good at singing it. Tonight I thought she was definitely in the bottom two (with Megan). Be Without You was better on the show (self-promoting lyric change notwithstanding). No One was my favorite performance of the set, but as my companion pointed out, it was not as good as Felicia Barton’s version. By the end of that song, Lil seemed out of breath during her banter. I thought Single Ladies might be really good because the song is very catchy, but Lil didn’t sound that great and seemed to leave a lot of words to the backup singers. Maybe it was just a bad night.

Anoop: On the show, Anoop was always just kind of there for me–I liked him, but I didn’t really care if he stayed. I tried to be more enthusiastic tonight since the guy to our left was in Anoop’s class at UNC and also had the last name Desai. Always on My Mind was great; Anoop really has a beautiful voice for ballads. When he went to the R&B stuff, I naturally didn’t like it as much, but it was definitely well-sung…My Prerogative being better for me just because I know it better. My friend was a bit shocked by the overt thrusting, mainly because it was kind of sudden and unexpected for her. In the end, Anoop was good, but I would still put Scott as the best to this point, because I really liked the piano, the style of songs, and the exceeding of expectations.

Matt: Matt was my early favorite after Georgia and White Chocolate (plus I come from MI originally), but he sort of lost me after Viva la Vida. Tonight Matt was fantastic–easily the best of the first half and in the top three of the night. Hard to Handle was great; Matt reminded me of Billy Joel in the way he attacked the piano. Georgia was as good as I expected, and then surprisingly, I really liked You Found Me. I had heard it was a set-killer, but I thought Matt pulled it off. Maybe he has just gotten better at doing a set-closing power ballad? Or maybe I just like the song and never really hated the show performance of it? Either way, the crowd agreed with me, as they were really into it, waving arms and glowsticks. Anyway, Matt was awesome and a great way to (almost) end the first half. Oh, one more thing: He put on his fedora halfway through, calling it “something for his hard-core fans,” which I thought was pretty funny.

Medley: Megan and Lil were not great together. On the other hand, I loved Scott and Matt, as you might expect from the rest of the review. From there it was all good: Sarver sounded excellent on his solo, and then Beggin’ was actually kind of fantastic. The medleys sound cheesy on paper, but they bring a little bit of extra energy to the show, as well as some much-needed continuity.

Allison: I loved Allison on the show and thought she should have been third. With the other girls disappointing me tonight, she had a big job ahead of her. So What was a bit too frantic, as Allison seemed to shout a lot of the lyrics. Sound balance was an issue with this song (and the whole set, really), and Allison’s diction didn’t always help. Cry Baby was much, much better, if not quite as good as her singout performance. I worried a bit about Barracuda because I love Heart and have seen them sing it live. But Allison was up to the challenge; she’s no Ann Wilson, but she’s on her way. The best part about Allison’s set was that it really rocked out. Maybe it would have played even better being right after Matt’s (energy-building) set, instead of after an (energy-killing) intermission.

Danny: I hated Gokey on the show (“Put the Go in Gokey” was my mantra), but I’ve warmed up to him since, seeing him more as a comic character than a villain. PYT was hard to take seriously because I was still thinking about Gokey on the show and all my feelings at the time, but he sang it well. Maria Maria was a bit weird for both me and my friend. The abrupt change of genre, the jacket removal, and the dancing were all kind of odd and sort of out-of-place. What Hurts the Most wasn’t bad, but then I was surprised to really enjoy Danny’s speech. He is famous for being inarticulate, but he did a really good job of conveying the positive message he wanted to. It wasn’t like preaching at all. Then I think he did a phenomenal job with My Wish. In the end, though not a huge Danny fan, I had to give him props. The crowd seemed to love him too. While the screams intensified all night, there was an especially big jump for Danny.

Adam: All night, whenever Adam was shown on a screen, the crowd went crazy; it was no different when he appeared for real. Even though, as a Kris fan, I am sick of the over-the-top Adam adoration, I knew I would enjoy the set. Whole Lotta Love was a fantastic way to open–the song, the lights, and Adam’s voice and performance skills all combined to drive the audience into a frenzy. I was certainly very impressed (but not surprised, because that was awesome on the show too, his best late performance by far). Starlight sounded very nice. I don’t know Muse well (certainly no huge music person here), but I heard the song on GMA and liked it. Here I got a little of the “helium voice” I first read about yesterday after a few weeks away from the blog. It continued through Mad World, though that song was still really haunting and awesome. Adam’s best performance, though, may have been Slow Ride. It was definitely Allison’s best performance, as the sound seemed a bit better balanced than on her set. The two had great energy together and rocked it out, just like on the show. This was also when the bra and boa hit the stage. Adam swung the bra around and threw it into the crowd. From my seat, though, there was no way to tell what exactly he did with the boa. Something else also came onto the stage in the very front, though I don’t know what it was or what happened to it; the singers were not nearby at the time. Or maybe “singer,” because that might have happened during the Bowie medley. In any case, the medley was my least favorite part of Adam’s set, mainly due to the choice of songs. The jacket-removing and subsquent twisting and thrusting also got to be a bit much. Lest anyone think it’s because I’m a guy, my female friend agreed. First of all, there were a lot of young kids there; while it may be stupid for a parent to not expect this kind of thing with Adam, it just seemed out of place given the rest of the concert and would probably fit better when Adam is free of the Idol shackles. Also, it just seemed a bit cheesy and theatrical, bringing Adam’s overall cool factor down a bit for me. Otherwise, though, his set was really good and met my expectations.

Kris: I was a bit worried for Kris, because all night everyone screamed for Adam but didn’t react very much to Kris. But when he actually arrived in person, he got a fantastic ovation that was more than I expected. So thanks, Boston! Heartless was very good, though I may have heard a little “helium” here too (plus in Kris’ opening words about Boston). There is a little problem with Heartless, though: I think it is a bit of a tonal shock after Adam’s high-energy finish, kind of like the change in tone from Scott’s piano pop to Lil’s R&B. The more rocking arrangement helps, but it also kills some of the cool vibe from the show performance. I wonder if a different, more high-tempo opener would have helped more. Or maybe his own concert without these freakish jumps in tone? Anyway, the crowd loved Heartless, screaming during the slowed down parts. Overall, the reaction was a bit muted compared to the end of Adam’s set, but the volume picked back up for ATTTID. The song is great, and it really, really picked up the energy level and set in the Kris Allen vibe. I thought Kris sounded absolutely fantastic on it, especially in the lower register. He also had a lot of energy in this performance that Heartless sort of lacked. Ain’t No Sunshine sounded gorgeous–and quite different from the various versions I have on iTunes. Now that ATTTID had kind of erased the lingering Adam vibe, the slower tempo and quieter nature of the song were not a problem; it just seemed like a ballad inserted between heavier songs in a normal rock concert. (Heartless might have felt the same in this slot.) The biggest problem with ANS was that the song was too short! Next, Bright Lights was great: At the beginning it had this very Elton John vibe, and then at the end Kris really rocked it out with the guitar solo. At this point, the crowd was going pretty much nuts for Kris, so I was very happy. I was expecting to be at least a little disappointed with Hey Jude because I just heard Paul Frickin’ McCartney do it a month ago, but Kris actually sounded really, really good on it. The band was a lot quieter than I thought they would be during the verses, leaving Kris to really command the stage by himself, which he did. When the other Idols came out, Kris picked up and showed off a Red Sox T-shirt that was thrown up on stage (I had to guess at that due to the distance, but it seemed obvious). Anyway, Kris was as wonderful as I expected, and the crowd was good too, giving him the props he deserved.

DSB: Hey Jude did a great job of getting the crowd to sing along, and so we all continued during DSB. Kris came out with the Red Sox shirt on to big cheers, and everyone sounded great.

All in all, though I felt a little out of place with so many tweens and so few guys in the audience, I’m really glad I went to the concert. Kris, my favorite, was really, really good, and the others, for the most part, had sets which ranged from good to fantastic. The production also was very professional; only the somewhat abrupt changes between singers really made it feel like a “reality TV event” than a standard concert.

 
  • ross

    Ryan, your recap was fantastic, and I’m glad you decided to go to the concert so we could have your viewpoint. I didn’t really mention the crowd response to Kris, much, in my recap, it really was strong all through his set.

    I also voted like mad for Kris, and was on edge for four results shows in a row towards the end of the season.

    Have you ever heard Kris’s version of Heartless, on the radio, by the way? They play it all the time on Mix104.1 (previously Mix98.5). I got a real thrill hearing it, the first time, on the radio.

    By the way, yeah, Kris got a green Red Sox shirt thrown onstage, with red lettering and a red shamrock on it

    Great recap!

  • tinawina

    Thanks for this! I find myself really enjoying the recaps from people who are delurking, or out of the norm around here in some way. This was a fun read.

    Oh BTW, I heard a clip of Kris’ “Ain’t No Sunshine” on a Cincinnati pop station yesterday. They were using it like a promo. I don’t now what that was about, but it has to be a good sign, right?

  • MissyMusic

    Great recap, Ryan! Boston showed lots of love to Kris Allen! Way to go Boston, you didn’t let me down. Funny you say that about Ain’t No Sunshine, I thought it was just me who thought the song was too short. I could have listened to him sing that song all night long.

    Totally agree with you on Matt as well. He was my second fave of the night. I was blown away by his energy and quite surprised with his vocals. I’ve read that some people thought he sounded hoarse in Boston, but I didn’t hear that at all. Where was THIS Matt on the show?

    You heard the “helium” too? I definitely heard it on Heartless, not so much on Hey Jude. I thought the sound on Starlight was horrendous. The two girls I were with (Adam fans) were looking at me with that WTF look on their faces. No way did they think Adam was singing. It’s too bad – hopefully they will fix the sound for future shows.

    The highlight for me was Kris’ guitar playing on Bright Lights! Man that boy can play……

  • colette

    Thanks for the Kris love! Very nice, interestiong and clearly written wrap-up — you have nothing to apologize about.

  • FifthHouseSun

    Maybe it would have played even better being right after Matt’s (energy-building) set, instead of after an (energy-killing) intermission.

    What an interesting idea to end first act with Allison. And then move the Group Number to open the 2nd act. Would have actually helped AI/Jive/TheEntity showcase Allison more. Because she would have been The Star of Something. And not the lead-in. Which they have her doing now. Even with her patter about the “Three guys” People would have left for intermission discussing her for 20 minutes.

    Come back, the group revs up the crowd. And now, the top 3. And Allison comes back as a reminder she belongs with the big boys. And the bottom 6 aren’t so ghetto-ized to “didn’t make the cut” and the “now the real show starts” feel. Think it might have been more interesting and fun.

  • zephyr

    Another longtime lurker delurking to say: OMG I SAT IN THE ROW IN FRONT OF YOU! I totally heard a guy right behind me say he went to UNC with Anoop. Haha, I think you might have been the person behind me who was snarking all night about the contestants. Anyways, it was really interesting reading your recap because I noticed the exact things that you did.

    I definitely felt out of place too at the concert with all of the tweens and middle-aged woman. The only reason I went was because I’m an Adam Lambert superfan. All of my friends think I’ve lost of my mind because, ya know, American Idol is just about as cheesy and commercial as you can get. Glad to see that not all of the idol fans out there are crazily obsessed tweens/middle-aged women with homemade t-shirts!

  • Vada

    I wonder if the ‘helium’ effect is caused by the low, loud roar that preceeds Adam’s set?

    I didn’t experience the ‘helium’ at my show, but I do think that kind of low, loud rumble could effect the hearing for a while.

  • MrsB

    Ryan I am glad you decided to attend the AI concert even though it was not the “coolest” thing to do in your circle of college peers!

    I hear you loud & clear about fearing response from crowds regarding Kris, especially lately with no live cellcast here at MJs. The last two have been the pits, and I am totally at the mercy of those who recap! :)

    After reviewing all the vids from concerts, I am in total agreement with how you viewed his set (live) with regard to placement, shortened version of ANS, his guitar solo rocking out, etc. so it was delightful to hear you echo my same observation!

    As a Kris fan nothing gives me more pleasure than to hear that not only a fan, but an entire arena enjoys his performances. Way to go BOSTON!!

    Thank you so much for the recap! Two in one day from young men that are Kris fans is almost more than my ole ticker can handle!

    Hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I enjoyed reading!

  • ross

    Now that you mention it, I didn’t hear any of the helium stuff where I was sitting. The sound was really good overall.

  • Eileen99

    Kris fans start delurking and unite!

    Great review and fair to everyone. I like how you were open-minded about everyone, even those you were predisposed not to enjoy.

    You’re so right about ANS – it should be LONGER, because it’s just simply beautiful. All your Kris comments were awesome, thanks. We all feel the same way, too. He’s a pretty special guy, IMO.

  • jill16

    Thank you Ryan for the interesting recap. It’s always fun to hear everyone’s opinion on the concert, especially a mans opinion.I appreciate your taking the time.

  • MissyMusic

    Ross, I was sitting in the Loge, 12 rows off the floor, center. Pretty good seats with full view of the stage. The “helium” sound was quite noticeable. I just don’t understand why it only seems to happen during Kris and Adam’s sets. Oh, well. It was still a terrific show.

  • MissyMusic

    You’re funny Eileen99! I agree – it’s nice to see a recap devoted to Kris, with nice comments about the other idols as well.

  • Squirrely

    I was sitting in the Loge, 12 rows off the floor, center. Pretty good seats with full view of the stage. The ‘helium’  sound was quite noticeable.

    I was in loge too and that’s where I heard.

    Thanks for the recap Ryan.

  • Michelle

    Awesome recap, thank you so much for going to the show and writing up your experience! :)

  • luvadamlambert

    thanks 4 the recap although I disagree with some parts.

  • eliza

    Great recap! Thanks for sharing.

  • SarahP

    Kris fans start delurking and unite!

    Amen!

    great recap ryan! i normally dont read reviews nowadays since many of them tell the same old story, but since you mentioned you are a kris fan i decided to give in and read! have to say it was a good read and glad you liked hey jude even after hearing paul mccartney live last month! kris must be truly amazing then….(obviously…)

  • deanna411

    Thanks for the great Boston recap, Ryan. I agree with almost everything you’ve written’”word for word, in fact’”up until Danny but your opinion of him only differs from mine there because I’m still not quite won over and probably never will be. I don’t know why. Matt, on the other hand, was fantastic. I don’t remember him too much from the show. I know he was saved at one point and I wasn’t sure what the judges saw exactly but now I completely understand. Very talented as a performer and a musician and has great stage presence and easy interaction with the crowd. I loved him.

    As you probably suspect by now, I am an Adam fan to the core. I went to the concert because I just couldn’t wait until his solo tour to see him perform live. During the season, I really wasn’t too invested in the show or the other idols (frequently spending 8-9 on Tuesday nights flipping back and forth from NCIS just to catch Adam’s performance) so, for me, I had mostly indifference for any of the others (except Allison). Adam did not disappoint me. WLL and Slow Ride were my two favorites. There aren’t words to adequately describe how phenomenal he was on those two numbers– everything I expected and more. Bowie Medley was great fun and, yes, maybe a little over the top’”but that is just another side of Adam and I love it. My one disappointment was the obvious sound issue on Starlight and Mad World. It definitely bothered me (yes, MissyMusic, I too, had that WTF moment) and I feel like I didn’t hear the real Adam on those two songs but, he still sang them beautifully and I’m very happy I had the chance to see him perform them live.

    Your favorite, Kris, was my biggest surprise of the night. I was expecting good (not great) songs from a good (not great) singer; basically another mainstream radio pop guy like all the others I hear driving to work everyday but probably couldn’t tell you their names. I was wrong. He was great. From his opening song to the end of his set, I was really, really into his performance and for me to say that after just witnessing the only entertainer who has every moved me both to tears and screams of joy within moments (how people say Adam doesn’t connect emotionally is beyond me) says a lot. For me, Kris was much better live than the performances I saw on the show. I kind of sat there for a few minutes after his last song and then said to my friend, ‘Wow’, he was really good. She completely agreed.

    So, although we may be on different sides of the Adam vs. Kris fan debate, we are still in agreement overall. After seeing them both live, I think it is pointless to compare them to each other. They are completely different artists and come from entirely different places when they perform and I would rank them both #1 Tuesday night– although I would give Adam the slight edge ;).

  • Truthiness

    Thanks for the recap, I disagree with parts, but thanks for sharing and sounds like you had a great time! And good for that last minute decision to go. And it’s always cool to read different demographics here. Excellent.

    And thank you so much for also adding to the proof that this site doesn’t just ZOMG worship Adam only! You’re doing a mitzvah with and I for one, would love to see that fallacy die.

  • Yss

    Excellent recap, I’m very happy to read about the great response that Kris got from the crowd…Thank you so much for your review… Hopefully his world tour will have southamerican dates so I can’t watch his awesomeness live!!!

  • ianaleah

    Thanks, it was an enjoyable recap. I didn’t hear the helium effect in SD, but the acoustics were so bad I couldn’t understand anything that anyone spoke. The sports arena was no place for a concert in SD, especially since the Coors Arena was designed for concerts. I sure do like Kris a lot too, and I am especting a lot of success for these kids after tour, however that works out to be for each.

  • Mary102

    Thoroughly enjoyed your review. You made some great points about song placement, especially wrt Kris’s set, and I agree about songs like Heartless starting his set on a somewhat more muted tone compared to Adam’s. It’s also great to hear what a guy thought about the show.

    BTW – at my show, in DC, there were actually a lot of men in the audience. A lot of families, in general (mom, dad and kids). Probably not as many 20-30 yr old guys, but still a good representation.

    And then just when you start to get into him, he’s gone very suddenly. The whole show is rather schizophrenic, especially in the first act, which makes it hard to really get excited about anyone as much as you’d like.

    I felt the same way – the first few performers, especially, since they only do 2 songs each, leave you with an almost anti-climactic feeling, because just as you start to get into them, you have to forget about them and move to the next person. The 2nd half works much better because we don’t have that problem.

  • Mary102

    The ‘helium’  sound was quite noticeable. I just don’t understand why it only seems to happen during Kris and Adam’s sets. Oh, well. It was still a terrific show.

    This kind of mystifies me as well. I actually didn’t notice it during Kris’s set, only Adam’s, but I’ve heard it mentioned enough to think it happens for both of them. It only happens on Adam’s softer songs (SL and MW), but other singers have similar voices and ranges to him in those songs (Matt and Anoop come to mind, even Scott has a pretty high voice).

    I’m going to the show again this Saturday (YEA!) and I’m going to pay extra attention to it this time around, for the whole show :-)

  • olivian

    Thanks for the recap! I disagree with some of it and heartily agree with other parts of it, but overall, very nice. And I too like that it’s being made clear that there are plenty of people who are not solely fans of Adam, or even fans of Adam at all, on this site. Diversity! :)

  • Cauri24

    De-lurking to say thank you to both Ross and Ryan. Loved the re-caps. I haven’t watched Idol since Carrie’s season and this year was really no different, until I saw Kris. But I thought there was no way he had any chance with all the Danny and Adam praise from TPTB and the media. Ended up only watching the last 20 minutes of the last show and when Kris won, I couldn’t believe it. I have never bought anything idol related. I now own everything Kris has put out on I tunes. Can’t wait for his CD.

    So Kris does have fans out here who will support him. I am not going to compare him to any other idol now. To each his own. I hope they are all successful.

    Also thanks MJ. I do find that you are fair to all the idols. That is why this is a site I visit frequently these past few months.

  • MissyMusic

    So Kris does have fans out here who will support him. I am not going to compare him to any other idol now. To each his own. I hope they are all successful.

    Of course Kris has fans! I hope you never doubted that. He did win after all. And you are so right – it’s not fair to compare idols. Both Adam and Kris are extremely talented in their own unique way – it’s not fair to either one of them to be compared to the other. I’m sure they will both go on to find great success.

  • wand3rful

    Considering my other summer concerts were Paul McCartney, Elton John/Billy Joel, and The Moody Blues, I got a little flak from my friends about this choice, but whatever, it’s all fun.

    I feel your pain. I went the LA Staples Show. That evening I had invites to other events…yet I was too embarassed to admit why I couldn’t attend. My friends are into classic or alternative rock, with maybe a bit of pop thrown in. An AI concert is unheard of in our group. But I will say, I was highly entertained and it was well worth the money.

    So What was a bit too frantic, as Allison seemed to shout a lot of the lyrics.

    I have to agree w. you on Allison. I love this girl, she was in my top 3, yet So What was a bit karaoke. She mumble most of the song and the guitar was distracting, more like a silly prop which in turn made her look like a little girl playing dress up. Similar to Top Downloads Night, when the guitar for Don’t Speak looked like a toy.

  • alison8701

    In the end, Anoop was good, but I would still put Scott as the best to this point, because I really liked the piano, the style of songs, and the exceeding of expectations.

    !!!!!

    whaaaaat.

    that is unheard of. If that’s how you perceived it, then.. so be it. Buttttttttttt yeah righttttttttttt.

  • butte009

    Thanks for a great recap!

  • carmine2008

    “I mainly enjoyed the show as pop culture until last year when I became very invested in David Cook (one year later, I own the album but don’t follow him extensively). This year I thought I was back to normal, until I became an even bigger fan of Kris. At the start, this fandom was mild’“I liked Man in the Mirror and was thrilled Kris got through to the finals despite common sense saying he had no chance.”

    I can totally relate to this. Except that I didn’t buy David’s album. Though he was totally my favorite from last year’s crop, I didn’t like what he put out (including his pre-idol album Analog Heart). But, with Kris, considering how much I love the songs in Brand New Shoes, I will definitely buy his new album.

    Mid-season, I totally felt helpless when the judges threw him under the bus and I couldn’t vote for him (since I’m not in America and I’m not american). And I was just as pleasantly shocked as the rest of you when he made it. Every. Single. Week.

  • ShariG

    Thanks so much for the recap. I am such a big Kris fan. It is amazing to me how many David Cook fans from last year were Kris fans this year. To me it has something to do with the emotionality of the songs. Both David C and Kris really connect with the songs and that makes all the difference. I have continued to follow David Cook and am just as invested in him now as I was last year at this time, but I am equally as invested in Kris Allen. They are both phenomenal new arrivals on the pop/rock scene. Much of your recap sounds like my impressions of the videos I’ve seen this season. I’m also a Matt fan post idol competition. I loved him in White Chocolate, in fact, loved the whole group, Kris included. But on the show I think the nerves got the best of him. In concert he seems to be much more relaxed and able to showcase his particularl talent. Danny Gokey was never the bad guy to me. In fact during auditions he was one of my favorites. I didn’t care much for him post idol competition though based on a couple of interviews. I do like his voice though, as long as he stays away from Dream On. hehe. I finally get to see the concert a week from Saturday and can’t wait to see Kris live. I love his voice. Looking forward to the electric guitar in Bright Lights. I love that in spite of the Adam ardor, Kris just goes out there and does his thing and wins fans over on his own merit. So glad Boston gave him some love.

  • Circe

    Some good constructive ideas on performance order by you and FifthHouseSun. Kris’ confidence grows with each performance, resulting in an improved, polished set.

  • rnlang

    Hey everyone, thanks for the nice comments about the recap. Sorry it was a bit long; it didn’t look that long in Notepad! In case anyone comes back to this:

    @ross: I don’t listen to the radio around here (since I don’t have a car and usually that’s the only place I ever listen to it). But I am certainly aware that they love Heartless!

    @MissyMusic: I’m not sure I would have consciously noticed the “helium” had I not just read about it. But since I had, I was acutely aware that sometimes Adam/Kris didn’t sound like themselves… You’re right, Starlight was the worst. They should definitely have this problem fixed at this point in the tour.

    @zephyr: Wow, cool. I hope my snarking wasn’t too bad and that you didn’t hear me scream horrible things to the guy and his family who decided to get up and leave right at the very end of Hey Jude. Anyway, I have nothing against the tweens/middle-aged women who are clearly having fun; I just wish I didn’t stick out quite so much. Actually, my row wasn’t bad with the UNC guy and the (obnoxious) family next to me: Dad, who loved Adam, Mom, and an 8-or-so year old boy. But earlier at the entrance and concessions, I was like “Whoa, where am I?”

    @SarahP: I was sort of surprised how much I liked it. Obviously Kris has nothing on Paul, because when Paul hits that first note, it’s just indescribably amazing. But Kris held his own. Actually, it’s too bad Kris can’t do HJ on piano, though I definitely liked the acoustic guitar take just fine.

    @deanna411: Thanks for being nice about my Adam comments; I was a bit worried (even though I said he was fantastic) that people might freak out. I do think they’re both amazing, though with both weak and strong moments like any performer. I wish the official Boston reviewers would have agreed with you and not tried to compare the two. But this is a weird concert style, and I myself compared various people, so whatever.

    @wand3rful: This is, I think, why my attention turned from Allison/Kris to just Kris midseason, aside from Kris’ great performances and the need to vote for one (if any) at the end: Allison had weeks where something just didn’t seem right in the arrangement, performance, whatever. Of course, those weeks were the ones the judges praised, while they ignored her phenomenal performances…

    @alison8701: Sorry! I do think Anoop has a better voice than Scott, even if I do tend to sort of not care about him. And Anoop did do very well. But Scott, for some reason, just did a good job grabbing me so that I didn’t want him to quit playing. Another recap also mentioned that Scott got a lot of love in Boston, so it’s not just me. It is likely that if Scott did keep going, I would have been sick of him quickly. :)

  • justjude

    Very nice Ryan! I enjoyed the read from a brave collegiate guy!!
    Like a number of open minded people I adored Kris….(easy to discern,I’m not a guy),
    and I Love Aquarius rising Adam. I do not believe those two are in any competition,if they ever were? So, I am glad you liked some of adams stuff too and ,don’t worry
    about your relative discomfort during adams moves as you don’t have to because he
    owns them and the rest of us can ignore his truth as we have our own truth. BTW,
    I think Anoop’s moves have to belong just to him too.Hee!

    On a more reserved note, I really liked your idea that Heartless would be more appreciated after a rockin mood elevating piece. Perhaps…ATTTID…..Heartless….Ain’t
    No Sunshine….Bright Lights……Hey Jude! Better pacing! However I really think the tour production organizer does not like change because there have been a few things that have been MEH!
    Thanks Ryan, good to hear a masculine point of view. CHEERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • lindajean139

    Enjoyable read though I don’t share the same taste as you in music. I myself prefer more upbeat music. I am looking forward to the Manchester concert. I’m from the Boston area too. Glad you enjoyed the show.