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:

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“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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32 Comments

  1. Happy Blake Day!

    Thanks for the review, MJ. I’ll be getting my copy later and don’t have time to listen to the streaming. I’ll try to take your advice and listen to it at one sitting.

  2. Listening to AOL streaming crashes my IE, perhaps because I pressed skip a lot. :laugh_tb: First impression: JT meets Maroon 5.

  3. zactly jobbix
    where is the new genre he was spouting off about?

    this is a rehashing of music already out there… that said though
    they are catchy and will probably do good

    but i have to ask what clive and 19 were thinking … letting him sing ballady type songs?
    i liked blake on season 6 UNTIL he butchered imagine… i’m like omg any other song but that .. he should have gone home that week

    all the best to him but not something i will rush out to buy

  4. Hey it’s “The Breakfast Club” and “Pretty in Pink”! Yayz! LOL

    Seriously, while I’m having 80’s flashbacks listening to this on AOL (the full songs give a much better impression than the samples), on the whole it is surprisingly appealingly boppy music to listen to while I’m reviewing dreary ad copy.

    I think the reviewer who said it is like having A.D.D. is right. It’s all over the map stylistically, but I also think this is one of the best AI albums I’ve listened to. Seriously. I don’t like every track but it’s it’s blissfully devoid of American Idol Diane Warren cheesiness.

    Well done, Blake!

    First impression: JT meets Maroon 5.

    True, and a little dose of Flock of Seagulls (or the Thompson Twins?). ;) But I like Maroon 5 so I can dig it.

    ETA: MJ, I see what you mean about the Prince vibe on “She’s Makin’ Me Lose It”. Me likey! Me likey a lot!

  5. This CD is seriously a throwback to the 80’s “Pretty in Pink”, and I like it. With that, I’m off to go and find my Swatch watch:)

  6. Blake is like the hip, modern version of Backstreet Boys, which I don’t mind- I’m loving the cheesy ballads.

    Favorites:
    How Many Words
    Hate 2 Love Her
    Here’s My Hello
    I Got U

    Good:
    Break Anotha
    Gots to Get Her
    Know My Name
    Without You (nice melody, but it put me to sleep, literally)
    End of the World (Backstreet Boys, anyone?)
    1000 Miles

    Least Favorites:
    Surrender (ouch, too much falsetto on this track)
    What’cha Got 2 Lose
    She’s Makin’ Me Lose It

  7. I checked my Walmart this am…on the white sticker it said 37 on Blake’s cd and on Jordin’s it said 78….i was told by the clerk that is how many they received…

  8. Not only is Blake really cute, HIS NEW ALBUM IS AWESOME! I’m a big fan. My friends and I have been getting ready for his new ablum by paying homage to him through a new karaoke machine that I got for my b-day. Blake’s songs are on it along with a bunch of other idols. Has anyone else tried this toy or am I a big dork? At least check out the link before you say yes, lol :)! :clap_tb:

  9. That hair, those eyes, that horrifying album art. Ladies and à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ uh, ladies, your American Idol runner-up has arrived.

    Heh. Even if I were a fan, no way would I ever have the nerve to buy a CD with THAT cover art in a store. It skeers me. Heck, I was sort of embarrassed to buy Taylor’s and he was just sitting there looking slightly menacing on his CD cover.

    I tried to listen to the whole CD, I really did, but 16 songs is just too much Blake for me. The song titles all seem too similar with all the Anothas, what’chas, 2’s and U’s. There are probably a couple of songs on there that I would enjoy, but I’m going to have to listen in bits and pieces to sort it all out.

  10. I liked Blake during the show and thought he was a great musician who understands his music well
    And this album doesn’t disappoint at all! I was actually shocked about how much I love this album and there’s barely any tracks I don’t like!

    Here’s my brief review for all the tracks from A.D.D:

    1. Silence Is Golden…– Best intro ever! I really like the idea that Blake uses his favourite quote for the intro and outro, and it sounds very cool 4/5
    2. Break Anotha– Great first single, very catchy tune and beat. Can’t wait to see the music video! 4/5
    3. Gots To Get Her– Love this track! It has this Robin Thicke feel to it, I love the verses! Potential 2nd single 4/5
    4. Know My Name This should be one of the singles, very nice melody and Lupe’s rap does it justice 4/5
    5. How Many Words I love the idea of adding the beatboxing into this ballad, it’s so cool and I really like the lyrics as well! 4.5/5
    6. Surrender Didn’t like it when listening to the clips, but the full version sounds great, the chorus is very catchy 3.5/5
    7. Hate 2 Love Her probably only the weaker track, it’s still good but not as memorable as the others 3/5
    8. Without You Absolutely gorgeous! One of my TOP favourite from this strong album 5/5
    9. Here’s My Hello DEFINITELY should be one of the singles, just brilliant, love everything about this track 5/5
    10. What’cha Got 2 Lose? The clip doesn’t do it justice, this is also a great song, great mixing 4/5
    11. She’s Makin’ Me Lose It Wasn’t sure about it when listening to the clips, but the full version is growing on me a lot, it’s fun to listen and is very unique 3.5/5
    12. Bshorty Grabs Mic! Very cool interlude, his beatboxing=great 2.5/5
    13. End Of The World I love this one too, it’s just great and very memorable tune. One of my favourite 4/5
    14. 1000 Miles This song suits Blake’s voice very well and I like it a lot. 3.5/5
    15. I Got U Another top favourites, I love the lyrics and the melody is amazing. Should be one of the singles as well 5/5
    16. ..I Choose Noise (Outro) Again, great outro for this album, I like it more than the intro 4/5

    I also love the concept of having short interludes between most of the tracks in this album, and with Blake’s beatboxing it’s even better!

    Overall 8.5/10

  11. I still haven’t been able to listen to the album yet but I will say that of what I HAVE heard that “Here’s My Hello” would probably do well as a single.

    I’m not too interested in Blake taking on ballads, however.

  12. I checked the CD’s at my Walmart this afternoon, and only two of Blake’s were sold.

  13. ^ lol does that mean anything?
    Walmart is not the only place for people to get CDs, in fact, most of the people don’t get it there

  14. ^ lol does that mean anything?
    Walmart is not the only place for people to get CDs, in fact, most of the people don’t get it there

    Paula is merely making a statement, so don’t start an argument where there isn’t one. And the statement “most of the people don’t get it there” is hopelessly general. It’s best to stay away from making assertions you can’t back up.

    Thanks.

  15. I just picked up my copy at WalMart. Looking foward to the exclusive video download. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be shopping there. My WalMart had plenty of copies of ADD. Not sure how many they had to start, so I don’t know how many were sold. I saw a bunch of Kimberly Locke’s CD, too (in the L’s). Both Blake and Jordin and two endcaps in the new releases area. Alicia Keys had a jillion!

  16. I checked my Walmart this amà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦on the white sticker it said 37 on Blakeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s cd and on Jordinà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s it said 78à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦.i was told by the clerk that is how many they receivedà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦

    That might suggest a shipment of around 300k—a little less than half of Jordin’s 625k. Sounds about right, although I doubt he’ll get anywhere close to 100k this week.

  17. i like end of the worldà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦it reminds me of nsync ;)

    I like it too, but I can’t listen to it without picturing Blake and his bandmates doing their choreographed dance moves together.

  18. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t like every track but ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s blissfully devoid of American Idol Diane Warren cheesiness.

    AMEN, sista! Thank GOD for no Diane Warren.

    I don’t love every track either (I really don’t like “Surrender” or “Here’s My Hello”), but most of it I do like. I think it’s a solid effort from him.

    We’ll see how it does. :)

  19. Happy Blake Day !! While I was at work today, I thought about how much I loved the AOL stream of this CD ! I will be buying this for sure, but not sure if I will do iTunes or Walmart….

  20. I want to be 100% honest here, and hate me if you will, but that was painful to listen to. Blake’s voice hurt my ears. The best part of the CD was the outro, “I Choose Noise” not only because it was finally over, but for the ironic hilarity of the title. I never want anything 80’s inspired to return; it was an ugly time: bad fashion, bad hair, 95% bad music.
    And, for the love of God, please stop with the unwarranted JT comparisons. The similarities start at zero and end right there.

  21. I just got the special WalMart edition with the documentary. I hope I can figure out how to play it, heh.

    I’m thrilled with the album. The only track I skip is “Without You”…it’s just not a good song. But I think everything else is great. I ♥ listening to it on my iPod to hear all the nuances and layers of vocals! I’m finding that my favorite is one that I really didn’t like that much at first, “She’s Makin’ Me Lose It.” I have a brand new appreciation for BT!

  22. I really enjoyed listening to this CD. It’s all over the place but somehow it works, only Blake can do that. LOL.
    There are a couple of tracks I don’t like ( Without You, BShorty Grabs the Mic).

    I really enjoyed Blake’s vocals on ballads like How Many the Words, End of The World, 1000 Miles, layered sounds awesome.
    Also love the uptempo tracks like Hate 2 Love Her, Gots to Get Her, Surrender, Here’s My Hello. Cool tunes.

    I also think it’s a very solid effort from Blake. You have to give him props too for not being generic. At the same there are songs in there mainstream enough to do well on radio.
    I hope the record does well and that Blake has a long lasting career.

  23. I agree the songs How Many Words, End of the World and 1000 Miles are good pop songs with memorable hooks. I do wish that Blake’s voice was stronger and he had been more judicious with his beatboxing skillz.

    He owes a great debt to OMD, Dream Academy, Roxy Music and similar pop bands from the 80s. I don’t hear as much Modern Rock like the Furs or the Cure. And Prince and the Time should get a good chuckle out of imitations like Whacha Got 2 Lose and She’s Making Me Lose It.

    Not a fan of his vocal abilities but I’d be interested if Blake were a producer and writer for a better singer. I’ll get a few songs but not the album. For fan-atics only: “Bshorty Grabs Mic!” Yikes!

  24. Driving home from work today, I stopped at Walmart and picked up a copy of ADD. I kept pushing replay so I could car-dance to Whatcha Got 2 Lose?

  25. I was a big fan of Blake while he was on the show so I picked up ADD today. I must say, it is a solid first effort. I’m sure he was kept on a short leash by Clive, but I think he did the best he could to show who he is. I got my copy at Best Buy. It didn’t look like they had a lot, but maybe they didn’t get a big shipment. I don’t feel like there’s been much promotion for it…I haven’t heard “Break Anotha” on the radio (in contrast to hearing “Tattoo” about a gagillion times a day before Jordin’s CD came out). Anyway, what I’ve read about Blake’s CD is generally positive…which is good because music critics are often harsh.

  26. Okay, I got the documentary to play (twas easy!) and I loved it! I love the way it’s edited, and it looked like Blake had a lot of fun making the album. I could definitely tell his collaborators enjoyed working with him too. Ryan Tedder said he watched AI for the first time this year and picked Blake out right away as a contender. :)

    Anyway, you can read Blake’s thoughts on each song here!

  27. I enjoyed the whole albumn. I find it interesting that everyone seems to like something different. My personal favorites are probably Here’s my Hello, Whatcha got to Lose, Break Anotha, and love the extra track from I Tunes, Human. Least favorite is probably Without You – but I honestly love nearly all the tracks – I love the beatboxing too!

  28. I did.not.expect that. “Know My Name” is outstanding! Definitely grooveworthy. Love the simple keyboard melody. I can’t quit listening to it.

    Will def. be d/l’ing this one and “Break Anotha”.

  29. i havent listened to the whole thing, but I still love my 80’s-INXS, Duran-Duran, Journey, Madonna, all the “great” hair bands! :smile_wp: :biggrin_wp:

  30. Blake fans, would someone please list the songs on his CD which do not have beatboxing? I am going to buy some individual songs but I don’t want to waste money on songs that I’ll never listen to. I bought “Know My Name” because Josh Hoge was one of the writers. I was enjoying the song until almost the end – yep – beatboxing ruined it for me. I’m not a fan of falsetto either, so warning on that would be appreciated also. Thanks.

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