Blake Lewis Debut, “Audio Day Dream” Drops Today

Blake Lewis loves his 80’s cheese.

His new CD, “Audio Day Dream” runs the gamut through 80’s music, from new wave, to Prince-like funk and cheesy prom songs. Listening to the CD is little like riding a Disneyland ride, circa 1985. Here’s my experience:

“Break Anotha” – The single has grown on me, I love the propulsive beat and break-neck pace. “Got’s to Get Her” – It’s pretty good–a bit of Spanish flavor, but I can’t stop thinking about that horrible Taco song from the 80’s. “Know My Name” – Lupe does a cool rap. “How Many Words” LOVE LOVE the layered vocals. “Surrender” – Yer losin’ me here bud. Crappy 80’s riffs=Ugh. “Hate 2 Love Her” – Ewww. Bland. “Without You” – Did someone just put on a Backstreet Boys record? Bleah.   “Here’s My Hello” Yikes, did “Haircut 100” lose their b-side? Oh noes!

But then, “Watcha Got 2 Lose” brings me back around. Nice groove. Good job Chris Rich! “She’s Makin Me Lose It” – Cool Prince vibe. Me Likey! “End of the World” It’s the 1985 prom! Where’s Matthew Modine when you need him? I have a soft spot for melodic prom songs. Eep. “1000 Miles” – Love this. Nice indie vibe. “I Got U” – Pretty ballad. Me likes.

The songs are hooked together with intros and outros. The first listen should be all in one sitting. My verdict: First Idol efforts always suffer due to the compromises the artist is usually forced to make. I’m still holding on to my mantra, “Wait for the second album, ” Despite the fact that the middle sags, I think the CD is a solid first effort.

AOL has the album streaming here. Check it out.

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