Kris Allen – Album Cover – First Look!

Kris Allen’s album cover is up at the Barnes & Noble website.   It’s an absolutely stunning photo photo, but I could have done with less airbrushing.

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And that’s my verdict.   What do you think?

Oh, and I freaking KNEW Jive would choose to self-title the album. Oh the Idols! Fated to be eponymous!

Kris Allen’s debut album will be available everywhere on November 17.

Download Kris’s Single ‘Live Like We’re Dying’  here:

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161 Comments

  1. Hmmm definitely one of the nicer looking idol debut album covers. Maybe it’s just Kris. haha :)

  2. I agree completely with your judgment this time, mj: very pretty pic, too much airbrushing, not surprised at the self titling. I’ll add that I love green. Because I do.

  3. A) he looks hot, but he always does

    B) I wanted plaid

    C) So true, mj, of course they called it KRIS ALLEN, b/c that is SO ORIGINAL (see, Cook, David). Don’t like the name being in green, either–makes him look sort of eerie, no? And he isn’t fierce or eerie, he is thoughtful and introspective.

    D) Why is he in a theater? Is he watching his journey on Idol?

    E) What’s he wearing around his neck?

    Hey, I am allowed to obsess about ALL of the Idols, not just AL. ;)

  4. LOVE this cover!!!
    It shows a story behind; there is an element of surprise. It has a retro look ‘a la James Dean’. could be used for a thriller movie, no? haha

  5. nice pic of Kris. but does he look confused and disappointed here? like the toilet pic better.

  6. mj, has it been confirmed to you that it’s self-titled? lol…so the story goes.

    eta: i think it’s great. not cheesy, photoshop is noticeable but not as noticeable as previous idol albums (cough S7). not partial to the huuuuge font. the mood of the picture is also kind of dreary (though i do like the green hue); would have preferred a little more pop, but overall, it does seem like they’re marketing him to a more mature audience than the other idol jive signees.

  7. Nice pic but I agree mj that the airbrushing should have been toned down a bit.

  8. I was kinda weirded out by seeing Kris alone in an empty theater. But then I remembered seeing him on the Idols tour, how he looked so alone standing in front of the curtain. There was something really inviting about it. It draws you to him.

    He’s alone. He’s waiting for someone. It’s probably you.

  9. Looks a little comic book-ish & why the chairs in the shot? ok…I hate the font they used also..:) other then that, its a good photo.

  10. It’s not just airbrushed, it has an old film/paperback noir quality to it, doesn’t it? Or am I just super tired?

    If I’m right, me likey. Hee.

  11. Interesting they put the wedding ring front and center. I love the theater setting, although I’m not sure what that’s supposed to connote. (I just love the theater. I spend a lot of time there.)

    Kris is a very good-looking guy, so the cover looks fine. I mean, they made Cook look hideous, Blake looked like the 40-Year-Old Virgin, Archie looked like a simp, and Jordin was unrecognizable on hers. So, compared to all of those, this is pretty darn good. Although I guess it’s sad it has to be compared to all of those. As opposed to just pretty darn good on its own.

    And, yeah, the eponymous Idol winner’s album (guaranteed 2 and 1/2 stars across the universe) is pretty much of a given at this point.

  12. I just look at the album/single covers on itunes top 100 and I think this cover will stand out as it’s intense, sexy and hot! Love it!

  13. It’s not just airbrushed, it has an old film/paperback noir quality to it, doesn’t it? Or am I just super tired?

    This was my first thought too! I’m not crazy.

  14. And, yeah, the eponymous Idol winner’s album (guaranteed 2 and 1/2 stars across the universe) is pretty much of a given at this point.

    LOL, no kidding! I always expect it, but it’s still really annoying.

    He’s just so pretty…I don’t know how his wife deals with it, haha. I wish they had given it a title but what can ya do. I just wanna hear the music! Over a month to go, it feels like such a long time.

  15. Well if I was sitting the same way Kris is with that expression, I’m thinking WTF!?! I just find it a strange cover.

  16. IMO Idol winner album covers are getting worse, rather than better. Really liked Kelly’s, Carrie’s and Fantasia’s – the rest, not so much. There’s something outdated about the pic to me, and I would also prefer Kris looking straight into the camera, connecting with the music purchaser.

  17. t’s not just airbrushed, it has an old film/paperback noir quality to it, doesn’t it? Or am I just super tired?

    This was my first thought too! I’m not crazy.

    Yay. I’m glad someone else gets it.

    IMO Idol winner album covers are getting worse, rather than better.

    I know that Blake didn’t win, but I think his ADD cover was the worst ever.

    I quite like this, actually. Like I said, it’s a throw back to dime store paperbacks/film noir. But updated. *shrugs*

  18. sexay! i think they had him look back to accentuate his jaw/neckline because… well… it’s hot.

  19. I gave my opinion in the other Kris thread, so I’ll keep it brief;

    Uninteresting blank cover, awful jarring font. It looks like a picture out of a 1950’s B horror flick. It doesn’t do Kris’ album any marketing favors imo.

  20. It looks very ’50s James Dean; interesting direction. He looks adorbs though.

  21. nice pic of Kris. but does he look confused and disappointed here?

    He’s wondering why no one came to listen to him sing?

  22. BeckyMD “nice pic of Kris. but does he look confused and disappointed here? like the toilet pic better.”

    He didn’t look confused or disappointed to me.. but more like he is watching and listening (very intensely) to something going on behind him..

  23. It looks very ’50s James Dean; interesting direction. He looks adorbs though

    .

    I thought it had a bit of that quality too. And the awesome thing is that this is not a plain emo headshot. It’s an actual cover. This is good, and hopefully Adam’s and Allison’s will be too.

    And yes, Kris looks delightful.

  24. I like this. I thought for sure Jive would go with an innocent, All-American, Kris smiling and looking right at the camera type of cover. That they went with something sexier and a little mysterious is a nice surprise (presuming this is the real cover).

  25. He looks like Freddie Prinze Jr. in the painting from Head Over Heels. It’s not terrible, but doesn’t jump out as something to get excited about.

  26. I see that same font everywhere. It looks cheap.

    But Kris looks gorgeous. I’d definitely pick up the CD to take a closer look!

  27. Damn he’s hot! I’m not crazy about the HUGE letters..but, damn he’s hot! Can we have a video already??

  28. It kind of looks like he maybe he farted and emptied out the theater or something, but he looks pretty damn good. I’d come back when the air clears.

  29. Ok, I’m probably stretching it, but does anyone else see this? The airbrush/film quality reminds me of the cover of the Michael Jackson Essentials album that was number one for so long this summer. I kept seeing it on my iPod. The picture is from Thriller. And then the movie theater? And Kris owed a lot of his Idol success to MJackson. Whatever the interpretation may be, Kris looks GREAT. His face looks lovely.
    So agreeing with you pj…

  30. It reminds me of a cover of a Harlequin romance novel. Also, like Sunn said, some kind of 50’s horror movie poster. And the font is very odd – there’s an intentionally haphazard arrangement of the letters. It seems to add to a sense of casual committment or a lack of authority.

    Of course Kris looks cute here as he always does, but I don’t know if an old B level vibe is going to help him out here. Then again, I didn’t much like David Cook’s album cover, and it did pretty well with platinum sales and counting. So who knows how this will be received.

  31. Apart from the fact that I have that font on my photoshop it’s a nice, appealing cover and I think this is one of the first times Im finding Kris hot, and not a little puppy. Which is a good thing haha.

  32. I’m very happy with this cover. It’s retro but with an updated and edgy feel. I’m loving the lettering and the whole color scheme. The layout and pose are intriguing; not your run-of-the-mill headshot (thank you Jive). Kris looks gorgeous as usual, but it isn’t an album cover that’s simply trying to make the most of his good looks – it’s also interesting and has a current vibe.

  33. It has a vintage feeling. I actually like it (except for the title).

    I wonder if the fact that his ring is being so intentionally shown has an inside meaning (like the album being dedicated to Katy).

  34. Kris is beautiful so the pic is beautiful…99% of his pics are awesome. But, he looks kinda startled or worried in this pic to me. The other album photoshoot pic was way more sexy, so sexy I am still looking at it. This one has already settled in my mind.

  35. Kris is a very good-looking guy, so the cover looks fine. I mean, they made Cook look hideous, Blake looked like the 40-Year-Old Virgin, Archie looked like a simp, and Jordin was unrecognizable on hers. So, compared to all of those, this is pretty darn good.

    Haha, agreed. It’s a masterpiece compared to the Davids and Blake and Jordin’s, and it’s pretty hard to make Kris look unattractive, so in that sense, the cover looks good… but everything apart from Kris… is meh. The empty theater chairs and the blank look aren’t my faves.

  36. I love it! I’d buy this album just for the picture! (I know, so shallow!)

  37. Love it! Great picture of Kris. Not surprised at the self title either. Seems to be the norm for the Idol winners. Now I can’t wait to hear what’s inside the cover.

  38. “WOW” was the first thing that came out from my mouth.

    That is a stunning pic, but I gotta hand it Kris for being hawt hawt hawt ! LOL

  39. Wow!! I love it. Love the green coloring. I think it makes the photo stand out. And his hands are part of his sex appeal. Those long fingers stroking the guitar or playing the piano or just there waiting for someone. Wow. Katy is one lucky lady. Well done Kris.

  40. I love the whole thing. It does look like it should be on a romance book. I love the jacket on him, he looks so damm hot. Love that the ring stands out, like it does. If Kris was on a cover of a romance book I’D buy it just for him. And I think people well too. He looks like a rebel in the picture. Even my hubby thinks it looks like it should be on a book cover.

  41. It’s not just airbrushed, it has an old film/paperback noir quality to it, doesn’t it? Or am I just super tired?

    No, I think you’re right. I like it :) I thought that they would go with him smiling innocently into the camera, in that adorable Kris way, lol. This is way more interesting.

  42. Who’s he looking at? Who’s in the back of the theatre? Is it, could it be … Ada…m… ?? Just kidding. I actually think it’s a fantastic cover. I get the James Dean vibe. I love the block lettering (they look like pieces of iron), the shading on his face and the leather !JACKET! I also like the glance to the side, it’s more of a candid shot and less stagey. The whole effect is sexier and more mature. Excellent job!

  43. I love the colour and Kris looks mature here (which to me is a great thing), not crazy about the letters or the setting and he looks sad or worried to me – a melancholy feel. But at the same time kind of mysterious, makes you wonder what the heck is going on, I think intrigue is good, it’ll draw people in…

  44. the more i look at it the more i like it. It’s interesting and has nothing bland or cheesy. It think it does fit him very nicely.
    The airbrush is superb in my opinion and i’m pretty sure they didn’t have much touch up to do to his face because Kris has a gorgeous skin

  45. He looks good as usual but yeah the skin looks too smooth and shiny coz of the airbrushing. But yeah, that is so much better than most idol covers.

  46. MJ – have you heard anything about potential problems with this album? I know ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ is not officially the first single (I don’t think it is, anyway) – but it fell off pretty quickly. I really like Kris – I’d hate for his freshman effort to get lost in the Christmas crowd. Frankly – I’m not sure they have a handle on the right way to market him yet. I did not think ‘LLWD’ was a good first release. Great song – good on paper – but it had been released only a year ago by the original artists (The Script). And Kris’s interpretation wasn’t all that different from The Script ‘“ not like what he did with ‘Heartless’. What’s your take? Any rumors floating around?

  47. I agree with Maria22 about the more matured look. I remember the AI stylist Miles Siggins reporting that Kris asked him at some point to make him look older (wish not granted). I guess the last thing he wanted for his album was the puppy look

  48. I figured out what my gripe about this cover is:

    Who’s he looking at? Who’s in the back of the theatre?

    The composition is interesting, to the extent that you ask these questions… questions that could be addressed by an appropriate, corresponding album title other than just Kris Allen. Sigh. Not a huge fan of the self-titled album thing unless you’re like Weezer or something and just keep releasing self-titled albums. What is it with the TPTB’s from Idol insisting on this? What, so only ocountry albums and Blake Lewis are allowed titles on their first albums?

  49. MJ– you think he looks airbrushed?? I don’t know. Not sure I see it. Adam (my adored one) looks much more airbrushed sometimes.

  50. He looks good as usual but yeah the skin looks too smooth and shiny coz of the airbrushing. But yeah, that is so much better than most idol covers.

    Kris has gorgeous skin. I’m not sure this pic is airbrushed all that much.

  51. I cannot believe Jive has coughed up a decent cover. I’m so happy for Kris. He looks incredible. I mean, he’s great looking, but he’s even greater looking here. the lighting? Beautiful.

    (I might have dropped his left hand a little lower so the fingers are cropped out of the shot?)

    The colors are warm and inviting and look beautiful on him.

    Jive pretty much only has the block letter font though, eh? And i agree, an album name would have been better.

  52. I was expecting a little ‘softer’ look for Kris. I’m not understanding the necklaces and leather jacket. I always thought the plaid shirts really looked great on Kris and seemed to fit his personality. I guess they went for an ‘edgy’ look. But I always loved how he seemed so calm and relaxed. It just seemed to fit his style of music. But I’m sure there will be alot of people who will love this different look for Kris. No matter what….he’s a very nice looking man.

  53. I am pretty sure LLWD was meant to be the first single. Kris has tried to be enthusiastic about promoting it and it also has a “Heartless” feel to it in the upbeat rythmic wordiness of it. Since that was Kris’ biggest hit on Idol I think Jive chose something with that feel on purpose (whether Kris liked it or not).

    I read somewhere that Adam’s album was having problems meeting deadlines, too. I think that is just all talk and speculation that in the end will prove meaningless. Kris said in an interview today that he was pretty much done with recording.

  54. Hello coherency. Kris’ natural hotness is 90% of this cover, but I do like the colors and the non-direct-headshot composition. What is he looking at? Who is he waiting for? A little bit of mystery. And lol yes, wedding ring front and center, I like it, hints at emotional maturity and depth.

    I expected the self-title, it’s fine. If they’d picked a title I’m sure there’s a 50% chance I would’ve hated it, plus it would clutter up a cover like this.

  55. It’s not just airbrushed, it has an old film/paperback noir quality to it, doesn’t it? Or am I just super tired?

    First thing I thought was retro movie poster. That imperfect block lettering was used in 50/60 movies, particularly the darker films.

    He has a bit of the lost soul look that melted teens/20-somethings back then. I just wonder if it will work with today’s young females.

  56. Looks good! Do we know who the photographer is? Same person as the infamous/awesome ‘bathroom of reflection & introspection’?

    It has a retro look ‘a la James Dean’.

    Yes! The partial profile, sideburn & leather are verra nice. I like the combo of retro & modern too. Rebel With a Cause? Boy Next Door who just might surprise you with some Edge?

    Or maybe it’s an homage to Paula’s “Rush Rush” video!

    In the shameless hunt for meaning & OTT symbolism…

    The green & olive tones are quite earthy & organic. (As is his sound?)

    Kris seems a little concerned at how big his name is.

    He’s in an empty theater, in the audience & not on stage. But the audience is lit & he’s looking back over his shoulder. Looking towards or away from the light?

    (No, the light cannot represent Lambert & their forbidden love and/or rivalry. ;) )

    Yeah, that’s quite the impressive wedding ring flauntage.

  57. I am pretty sure LLWD was meant to be the first single.

    Just sounding off about that. If maybe Jive has put it up for adds on the next Tuesday after it was offered on iTunes we’d be hearing it on our radios. Isn’t it just going for adds now? Or maybe next week? Poor Kris. It’s a great first song and no one is hearing it.

  58. Well comment three for me about the album, I will say I am one of the few, apparently, who like the font. I like the scratched metal look to it and yeah it’s big, but it should be to brand him. I like the repeated green motif and like that Kris is in a leather jacket, not plaid. I like that he’s looking back and with the empty spaces, etc., it creates some drama/tension, so that’s interesting. And while the lighting might be a bit 50’s horror movie, a la Kirsten, at least Kris isn’t looking like a zombie here like David Cook and Archie did last year, so huge improvement. Though yeah, a bit too airbrushed so that Kris doesn’t look totally human, so maybe not a zombie, but a robot?

    Anyhew, I personally think Kris looks pretty good and hot, I would agree with the mature word.

    I also think the picture captured some of Kris’s personality, maybe it’s that he has his mouth open, very typical Kris look.

    Yes, I think the bathroom picture was better than this one, but I still like the picture and the cover concept of this picture as a whole.

  59. In the shameless hunt for meaning & OTT symbolism’ ¦

    The green & olive tones are quite earthy & organic. (As is his sound?)

    .. must be because he’s eco-friendly ;)

  60. WOW!!!!!!!! i like it a lot! thats a stunning pic! way better then i expected!

    Hurray! jive did one thing right!

  61. Truthiness, I like the font too; the imperfect metal look title added to the pic bring an element of collage to the whole. But i think that Kris looks very natural in this, after all when you look at the amateur video of him, one can notice that he has a close to perfect skin

  62. first thing that came to my mind — Grease…Travolta-ish, or more in Jame Dean-ish but with a modern touch. i like it though. kris really looks hot in here! it’s like a candid, poignant shot with a bit of mystic. it’s eye-catching, which is nice. the font is too simple, i guess…but i think it’s ok, ’cause it looks heavy & more masculine. it’s so far from the matinee idol look. me likey..overall!

  63. I’m not getting “the look.” Looks more like someone tried to dress him like Adam. Not Kris’s style … at … all.

    But he sure is pretty.

  64. I’m not getting ‘the look.’  Looks more like someone tried to dress him like Adam. Not Kris’s style ‘ ¦ at ‘ ¦ all.

    Nah….He looks like Kris. Just a bit more mature and manly.

  65. Wow, that picture makes me totally want to marry Kris, and I’m a straight guy :P.

  66. If this is it….it’s almost perfect! :) Very eye-catching!

    LOL, wouldn’t it be kind of funny if this was Jim Cantiello’s scoop? I hope not, but what if he was scooped by Barnes and Noble? And then of course mj!!!! ;)

  67. iluvai
    October 13, 2009 at 12:44 am
    MJ’“ you think he looks airbrushed?? I don’t know. Not sure I see it. Adam (my adored one) looks much more airbrushed sometimes.

    Although Kris does have some photos (concert photos) out with a few zits, his skin is clear, it’s the evened out tone that makes it airbrushed, no human being has a smooth tone like that..

  68. iluvai
    October 13, 2009 at 12:44 am
    MJ’“ you think he looks airbrushed?? I don’t know. Not sure I see it. Adam (my adored one) looks much more airbrushed sometimes.

    Oh, it’s airbrushed to the max.
    But so are Adam’s Seebree pics.. the ones everyone likesso much. I don’t care for them. They have the same “plasticky” look as this Kris photo.

  69. Agree with Maria22 about the melancholy air about it. But it’s a beautiful picture of Kris (though I’m not crazy about the parted lips) and his fans are rightfully joyous about it. Very nice.

  70. it’s an amazing beautiful picture. i love his neck, jaw and bottom lip. very kissable. pic is airbrushed. pics i’ve seen when kris makes that face he has more lines in his forehead. here they are very faded. that’s the main thing. another thing it seems they may have evened his skin tone. i like the clothes. very laid back, casual chic. i can’t wait for the album!

  71. Me no likey. They should have had Kris facing the camera. And what is he supposed to be looking at or for in an empty theater? And that is my first thought when I see this image. Why is he in an empty theater? I think conceptually this image is a fail. Hopefully.

  72. I need to clarify. I can’t exit for some reason. My hopefully should have been followed by the sentiment that this was not the final version for the album cover. Kris looks good but I don’t like the overall composition.

  73. I’m sort of mixed on this. I love the coloring, and I love the not full-on shot. I also love that they used his hands – he has seriously gorgeous hands. I’m surprised for marketing that the wedding ring is pretty much the biggest thing in the picture, but that does give him some maturity. Sometimes I think he looks worried (bad), other times sexy/contemplative (good). Apparently green really is his favorite color, not just his crazy-tour-fans color…

  74. Green really goes well with Kris’ colors. Very nice photo! Sort of a mysterious air to it… green mist.

  75. LOL – NGL my first thought when I saw this picture was “oh no, zombies” (in the back of the theater, not Kris. (It is entirely possible that I may have spent a bit too much time lurking at ontd_ai this summer)).
    Second thought was “why display the wedding ring so prominently?” It’s almost like he is reminding us (rubbing it in our faces) that he is in fact married. I’m not sure I see the point though – if he is to be marketed as a hot guy wouldn’t it be better to downplay the married part?

    Otherwise, I think the pic and cover over all is ok – I too, preferred the “man in the mirror” pic, but this is one of the best I’ve seen of him, nonetheless.

  76. WOW!! This is awesome. I think it really fits Kris and I think it will stand out in the record shelves. I also picked up on the retro “james dean” kind of look. I am not worried at all about the way Jive is marketing Kris.

  77. Soooo airbrushed.

    Everything about this – marketing of him, cover of song, album cover, title of album – scream welcome to American Idol – the aftershow.

  78. i love green and hence, i love this pic

    i liked the man in the mirror pic better cos he had a sexy vibe going on (even if it was taken in the bathroom and in front of the….)

    so mj, when you say first look, does it mean that this pic is just a draft?

  79. I’m not crazy about it – too green, he even looks a bit green to me. I liked the man in the mirror picture much better. And I hope he would have gone with a non self titled name, but I guess that’s how all the first AI albums are titled.

  80. I like this retro mood for his album and I like the scatched metal, as do, a number of the posters. Besides, green is my favorite colour!!
    My only concern is what kind of message is this ,with him looking back at, what appears to be, an empty audience. I’m not sure they thought this one out ……. Still the composition is so good and he does look so gorgeous. IMHO, his band just makes him hotter. Personally, I love good men who are respectfull of their committments!!!
    GO KRADISON!!!!

  81. I think he looks gorgeous and the overall composition works for me!

  82. Two things:

    Yeah! No plaid shirt! Kris looks like a grownup and a STAR!

    I am surprised that his wedding ring is so vividly shot in this photo…

  83. The shadows on his face are interesting, and I think the font is fine, I have no problem with it.

    You know, the really good part is that he doesn’t look “stiff” and like a barbie doll (or ken doll?). There is movement in the composition, where he is looking, there is depth with the shadows falling in his face and there is depth in the colors with the olive/black theme. It’s a really nice cover.

  84. the first thing i looked at was…(well after the face)…was his chest….two necklaces? cool..and of course the little exposure of the chest didnt do any harm too..hehe

    btw is it called a necklace what a man wears around this neck? sounds girly to me…

  85. Love it!! He is such a beautiful man. It will definitely catch some browsing eyes.

    But gimmee some music! Woot!

  86. I agree with the retro movie poster/ James Dean-esque comments. It’s eye-catching, that’s for sure. I did a”Who is THAT?” double-take, so I suppose it gets the job done. I prefer the more naturalistic “Man in the Mirror” photo, personally. Either way, he is quite easy on the eyes. LOVE the wedding band!

  87. Great photo but I kind of wish they had used one with that shy half smiley look! Every time I see Kris with that *smile*expression, I smile. All in all, he is one cutie-pa-tootie! Good luck, Kris!

  88. niceeeeeeeeeee loook…
    His image isn’t so “Kris” like but then again I wouldn’t want him wearing plaid on the album cover! Leather jacket anyone?

    But the color contrasts are great, love love green. Great lighting too and Kris is such a pretty man…

  89. Interesting they decided to highlight the wedding band. I mean, his fans know about it, and he hasn’t, and shouldn’t, shy away from the fact. However, putting it right in your face, specially if you are trying to sell a cutie, may not be the best strategy.
    About the picture: “Oh oh, here comes Adam’s album …”

  90. Not good at posting these links, but there is a whole topic re: Kris and wife Katy at IDF. Both of them are the most photogenic, adorable young couple I have ever seen, and that includes anyone in Hollywood at the present time. It will be a crime if they are not in People’s Most Beautiful People issue. I LOVE the wedding ring being front and center, the same way I did when Chris Daughtry on season 5 would grab the mike and the ring would be prominent — like, look all you want but it’s taken.
    Was just thinking that Rob Thomas’ big song right now, “Her Diamonds”, is all about his wife. He, too, is a gorgeous man. Hasn’t hurt his success a bit.

  91. I feel like I’ve stepped into an art gallery on opening night. So many opinions, such diverse comments, very intriguing.

    It’s an album Cover! Unless you are going to hang it on the wall as art, once you pull out the CD it’ll be viewed very little…especially for the Kris fanatics who will just keep the CD in endless rotation. To be honest I had to look up previous Idol covers for comparison…ya know, out of sight out of mind. And don’t get me started on DCs cover (how could they!).

    It says what it has to say and nicely too. It tells you Kris’ name, it highlights that he is married (a pretty important element in Kris’ world), it shows his youth/maturity and its a pleasant, pensive pose (one which many of us would like our portraits to be like).

    It’s not the best or the worst cover I have seen…it won’t be memorable (facial covers rarely are…no real art involved) but it does what it is supposed to do. Hope it helps Kris sell a bunch.

  92. Came back this morning and, yup, still liking it for Kris. I don’t get all that deep into symbolism of an album cover until I hear the entire album.

    btw is it called a necklace what a man wears around this neck? sounds girly to me’ ¦

    Does it sound girly to you when they wear a shoelace?

  93. Kris looks great. I like the shadowplay on his face. He does look more mature and not teenybopperish, which is probably what they were going for.

  94. LOL I didn’t even notice the wedding ring, until I started reading the comments. Of all the things to look at that, was the last thing that got my attention.

    Yay! No plaid for Kris. I’ve always thought he had”little boy” looks, but here he looks like a MAN. I like it!!

  95. I think this is one of the first times Im finding Kris hot, and not a little puppy. Which is a good thing

    Me, too.

    I agree that I’m tired of that font — which always looks to me like the font you use as a placeholder before you choose the actual font. And I’m also tired of everybody being airbrushed to the nth degree. But that’s so much the norm now that some people would probably feel confused by a cover where they *didn’t* do it. And the font is also kind of a “style” just now, I have a feeling.

    Really, I think people will mainly just be drawn in by how good-looking he is there — and in a grownup sort of way!

  96. I’m not getting ‘the look.’  Looks more like someone tried to dress him like Adam. Not Kris’s style ‘ ¦ at ‘ ¦ all.

    Nope, no Swastikas (Disclaimer: Just kidding. It’s a joke. It’s a joke on that discussion. No really, I don’t think Adam is a Nazi. The entire idea is ridiculous. That’s why I’m joshing on it. Oops. Just burned in effigy. Again.).

    Actually, when I saw the picture, it reminded me of the outfit that the boys wore on Glee this week for their mash-up (leather jackets and v-necks). I think it’s a pretty common look for “rawker dudes”.

    Yes, I think the bathroom picture was better than this one, but I still like the picture and the cover concept of this picture as a whole.

    I just don’t think they could go with the bathroom picture no matter how great it was. Because, it is in a bathroom and it was obvious. Some people are just squicked out by bathrooms. There were already people talking about him looking in the toilet which is really not what you want people thinking about when they think about your album. LOL.

    What is he looking at? Who is he waiting for? A little bit of mystery.

    It’s certainly a cover to launch a thousand fan-fics.

    I think it’s fine. Kris looks great (which if anybody whose ever seen these AI album covers knows that the rule “to not make a good-looking person ugly” is not always followed), the picture has some tension/mystery in it which could spark the interest of a casual shopper enough so that they actually look at it, and I actually like the big-ass scratched-metal font.

    I still say that he’s about to get his brain eaten out by an alien, but when you get signed to 19R, those are the things one should grow to expect.

  97. wow…one thing about Kris he always had beautiful skin. I have seen other photos of Kris on tour and he has had nice skin. Every now and then he would have a little red zit, but the majority of time his skin was very nice.

    Nice photo.

    Now the lettering…hmmm.

  98. Green leather? Not feeling it, but Kris is gorgeous as always. I like the mirror shot better.

  99. By way of comparison, other Idol album art: Album Covers

    Absolutely hate Fantasia’s and Jordin’s (look at the fonts on those babies). Taylor’s looks so old school … “Grease is the word, is the word …”

    I just don’t think they could go with the bathroom picture no matter how great it was. Because, it is in a bathroom and it was obvious.

    I agree. As nice as that mirror shot was, I can just hear the comments. Did he just flush? Did he wash his hands after flushing?

    What is he looking at? Who is he waiting for?

    He arrived early for sound check and his band just walked in …

  100. Kris looks so handsome and innocent in that picture,. very nice.

  101. One of the best idol debut cover :) Can’t wait for this album to drop!!

  102. He is looking at his font…

    :)

    His font is sneaking up on him from behind.

  103. You know what would’ve been HOT.

    If he just had the leather jacket on and no shirt.

  104. Wow! The cover looks great; the composition is dynamic, and Kris looks so mannnnnly!

    Just a little too much green tho. If you look closely, there is even a green tint to his hair. It’s practically glowing green.

  105. Could he get any better looking? Kris is just beautiful. This album cover is great – by Jive/Idol standards, it’s a masterpiece! I too get a film noir-ish vibe which I think is very cool.

    But much more importantly, I want to hear the music.

    ETA: And I know this is probably a sad commentary but airbrushing is so prevalent it barely registers with me anymore. At least he looks like himself, which isn’t always the case.

  106. Very nice cover. If I was walking by a dislplay of CDS, I would do a double take. Kris is a very handsome man and this is a nice shot of him. So I think the cover is good. He looks pensive, as if he has something to say….which I think bodes well for an album.

  107. It says what it has to say and nicely too. It tells you Kris’ name, it highlights that he is married (a pretty important element in Kris’ world), it shows his youth/maturity and its a pleasant, pensive pose (one which many of us would like our portraits to be like).

    It’s not the best or the worst cover I have seen’ ¦it won’t be memorable (facial covers rarely are’ ¦no real art involved) but it does what it is supposed to do. Hope it helps Kris sell a bunch.

    I didn’t want to make my post too large by quoting all you said, Tess, but I like your assessment of this pic, especially the part about him being married, :-). I have been at it myself 24 years, and I love a man who can show that his wife is important to him. So I do appreciate the fact that they show his left hand. But yes, it does look like a portrait, and I, too, hope it helps him.

  108. “First thing I thought was retro movie poster. That imperfect block lettering was used in 50/60 movies, particularly the darker films.”

    That’s what I thought! Seems we’re not alone. I really like the cover. I don’t like airbrushing usually but in this case it’s a stylized cover and I think it’s fine. Kris still looks like Kris and IMO it’s an interesting cover.

  109. I always thought he was cute, but that cover makes him look hawt. Nice.

  110. Great cover of Kris. He is SO adorable… his fans will definitely be happy! Yay Kris!

  111. Great pic…the jacket is Kris…but what’s with the chains and low cut tank….so not Kris…..Be careful Kris you’re letting them talk you into “things” that are not you!!!!!!!

  112. But so are Adam’s Seebree pics.. the ones everyone likesso much. I don’t care for them. They have the same ‘plasticky’  look as this Kris photo.

    THIS. Kris’s cover picture looks downright unedited in comparison.

    Thanks for linking to the other winners’ covers; I forgot how much I loved Taylor’s, all of those blues did great things for him, haha. And I don’t think I’d really seen David Cook’s until just now…yikes. :/

  113. Great pic’ ¦the jacket is Kris’ ¦but what’s with the chains and low cut tank’ ¦.so not Kris’ ¦..Be careful Kris you’re letting them talk you into ‘things’  that are not you!!!!!!!

    I think this is being a bit presumptious….Kris has been known to wear jewelry a few times. It’s actually nice to see him “put together” instead of looking like he is on the way to an afternoon out “with the boys”. Nothing wrong with white shirts, plaid, and crewneck T-shirts but those don’t say “star”.

    eta: Didn’t see one cover from AI champs that I thought was “outstanding”…but then I really like campy, artsy fartsy covers. I probably will never like an Idol cover because they tend to be so “portrait”….oh for the old “rock art” covers of old. Those you could frame, and I did, for instant artwork in my old cheap apartment days.

  114. Great pic’ ¦the jacket is Kris’ ¦but what’s with the chains and low cut tank’ ¦.so not Kris’ ¦..

    Actually, I think it’s very Kris. He wore necklaces like that all through tour, and I’ve seen more than one picture of him wearing an unbuttoned plaid shirt with a tank underneath. He hasn’t busted out the leather jacket look all that much, but when he has, he’s looked great!

    No complaints from me about this cover – of course this makes it even more likely that I will buy a physical copy to go with my iTunes pass… once I figure out how the bonus tracks are going to work.

  115. marg
    October 13, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Great pic’ ¦the jacket is Kris’ ¦but what’s with the chains and low cut tank’ ¦.so not Kris’ ¦..Be careful Kris you’re letting them talk you into ‘things’  that are not you!!!!!!!

    Well, according to the posters at ontd_ai at least one of the necklaces (I think it was the longer one) is a fan gift (from one of the posters at ontd_ai). He has apparently been wearing it quite regularly – so maybe it is him.

  116. I gasped when I saw his album cover. I really think its a good picture (albeit overly photoshopped). Kudos to jive. I can’t wait for the album!!! Nov. 17, please come faster.

  117. First time chiming in on the matter – but I think the album cover is BEAUTIFUL! Kris looks great in that picture (though he often looks super cute imo). Love the green hues, and the clothes on Kris too. Very nicely done.

  118. LOL ‘“ NGL my first thought when I saw this picture was ‘oh no, zombies’  (in the back of the theater, not Kris. (It is entirely possible that I may have spent a bit too much time lurking at ontd_ai this summer)).

    :D Hee. My first thought was “Who’s there?” which, if you go by the Scream rules, means a masked serial killer probably appeared a few seconds after the picture was taken. Run, Kris, ruuuuuun!

    ETA: Either that, or…damn, here comes that bus again. In which case, run, Kris, ruuuuun!

  119. I just don’t think they could go with the bathroom picture no matter how great it was. Because, it is in a bathroom and it was obvious. Some people are just squicked out by bathrooms. There were already people talking about him looking in the toilet which is really not what you want people thinking about when they think about your album. LOL.

    Oh I didn’t expect it could be the real album cover, beyond a few wistful thoughts that it could. Just that picture’s composition is better than this picture and that picture made Kris looked even hotter than this one is why I was comparing them as pictures, not as potential covers. I agree, that one couldn’t for the reasons you states.

    Great pic’ ¦the jacket is Kris’ ¦but what’s with the chains and low cut tank’ ¦.so not Kris’ ¦..

    Kris wears necklaces all the time, did during the show, did during the tour. Different necklaces at different times, but yeah he wears them a lot. As for the tank, he’s been known to do that as well, that or just have lots of buttons unbuttoned with his (plaid) shirt. And Kris does have a black leather coat he rocks some times and leather coat is pretty generically rawker, not just confined to Adam. Though Adam really does like his leathah (channelling Stella from Project Runway there).

  120. Kirsten
    October 13, 2009 at 8:45 am
    I’m not getting ‘the look.’  Looks more like someone tried to dress him like Adam. Not Kris’s style ‘ ¦ at ‘ ¦ all.

    Nope, no Swastikas (Disclaimer: Just kidding. It’s a joke. It’s a joke on that discussion. No really, I don’t think Adam is a Nazi. The entire idea is ridiculous. That’s why I’m joshing on it. Oops. Just burned in effigy. Again.).

    Not funny, and wasn’t the first several times you mentipned it. Just ugh, talking about flogging a dead horse, wow !! Just wow!

  121. MJ ‘“ have you heard anything about potential problems with this album? I know ‘Live Like We’re Dying’ is not officially the first single (I don’t think it is, anyway) ‘“ but it fell off pretty quickly. I really like Kris ‘“ I’d hate for his freshman effort to get lost in the Christmas crowd. Frankly ‘“ I’m not sure they have a handle on the right way to market him yet.

    I haven’t heard anything like that. Also, disregard the rumors going around that suggest there are problems. The reports are poorly sourced.

  122. Not funny, and wasn’t the first several times you mentipned it.

    This is the first time I mentioned it when not responding to a direct post by somebody else on the subject. Am I not allowed to be part of a discussion on the relevant threads?

    Just ugh, talking about flogging a dead horse, wow, and you are a moderator here, right ?

    So, I can’t crack a joke? I’ve been joking for years. I just think most of the Idol “scandals” and foibles are hilarious. It’s not that deep.

    Besides, I only mod my own threads. I’m really just a numbers-crazed poster. When it comes to being a prefect, I’m more like Ron Weasley than Percy Weasley.

  123. Bringing this from the headline thread:

    This whole idea that Kris is looking back at the empty seats is something I don’t get. I see the light shining on his face as a sign he’s looking back at the OPEN DOOR in the back, not the seats. Waiting for someone? Katy, perhaps? That was my interpretation.

    Overall? Yummy picture of Kris, love the colors, love his looking away (frankly, I don’t like my singers to stare back at me, it freaks me out) love the tank top, just gaaaaah!

    (but I wish the font was just a little smaller. I mean, that’s a BIG title.)

  124. Great pic’ ¦the jacket is Kris’ ¦but what’s with the chains and low cut tank’ ¦.so not Kris’ ¦..Be careful Kris you’re letting them talk you into ‘things’  that are not you!!!!!!!

    Yeah, I’ve seen Kris wear necklaces a lot. The twink-tank is kind of shocking. I haven’t really seen guys wearing that look. Maybe they’re really in and we should stop ragging on Drake for wearing them.

  125. Still loving the cover. And the look is very much Kris — he has worn necklaces pretty much since Day 1 on the Idol tv show, and he wore tanks under his unbuttoned plaid shirts quite a lot on tour. He didn’t wear the leather jacket much, but I’d guess he owns at least one — those are pretty standard clothing for musicians.

    As for what he’s looking at, my interpretation is that it is the first day of his tour and he’s looking out at the seats, imagining what it will be like when those seats are filled with people there to hear him perform.

    Jim C confirmed this as the cover, but he’s only guessig about the album being self-titked. It probably will be, but Im still hoping out teeny bit of hope they will go with something other than just his name. But if it is self-titled, well no big deal

  126. So that’s who’s sitting in the chair in the Mad Men credits. And all this time I thought it was Jon Hamm! ;-)

    Seriously, though, by Idol alum standards, it’s really nice. And, yeah, I’m shocked (shocked!) about the naming of the album. Why do they bother every year with promoting the endless speculation about the debut release’s title when, without fail, it’s self-titled?

  127. (but I wish the font was just a little smaller. I mean, that’s a BIG title.)

    heh, it is big, isn’t it. Overall, I really like the cover. The size of the font doesn’t bother me that much, it’s the kerning, or spacing of the letters. It’s off. For example, if you notice the KR seem closer together than the IS. To really get it right, the designer needs to manually adjust the spacing. I’m an old school designer. That kind of thing bugs the heck out me but I see it all the time. And yeah, it would be a little more elegant if it was slightly smaller.

  128. It looks very ’50s James Dean; interesting direction. He looks adorbs though.

    Yes – I agree it has a 1950s retro-Hollywood look to it, which imo is a very cool look for Kris – sexy, yet kind of quiet and mysterious :-)

    I do have to agree that the font is a little jarring though – definitely a darker vibe to it – like the font used in the Saw movies or something. But otherwise good.

  129. Lucy…loved your Kris Pic! Most country guys wear a thin chain of some sort but multiple thick chains is so city!!! I just hope our Kris stays country and true to himself, that’s all!!!!

  130. I just realized looking at the past album covers that they haven’t been automatically self-titled until Taylor – “Thankful”, “Soulful”, “Something Free”, “Some Hearts”. And poor Cookie – such a beautiful man, such a bad pic. But I still bought it, didn’t I?!!! ;)

    Lucy, I loved that pic! Kris is just so photogenic. Could he and Katy be any more pocket-perfect?

  131. My Take: I like the cover but don’t love it. I feel it would have been better having a pic with him and his guitar with sheet music pen in hand. He is a singer/songwriter/musician. I don’t think the cover represents that image. More of a flash (he does look great) and no substance impression. Not Kris at all.

  132. i can’t believe they used the same font as david cook’s AND david archuleta’s album covers.

  133. look who landed on the Hot Tamale Train :) i love the colors and lightning of this shot. style wise, it looks like the kris i remember from Top 4 night and on (he started to dress a bit more rock n rollish…but his version of Rock and Roll..ie soft!). It is airbrushed, ALL covers are…but from the EW.com TV watches, I recall Slezak making a big deal about Kris’ flawless skin. No fking pores…..so not fair :(

  134. I’m so lost; I tried so may google keywords to no avail: what is the bathroom pic that everyone keeps mentioning? D: It sounds so pretty, does anyone have a link? :<

  135. Hmmmm
    I wonder how the movie theater setting ties into the music. A very opulent green; sexy shade of an earth/organic color. Both photographs look pretty delicious but I would have traded them single for album and vice versa. Awesome shots though. And awesome should help sell some CD’s. Katy will have to beat off a second wave of ladies so I hope she’s feeling strong.

  136. It’s all so James Dean Rebel Without a Cause in the planetarium. I have only three words for this pic: homina homina homina.

  137. Looks like Jive is going for that mature heart throb appeal for Kris.
    I assume that with this look , will be music like that of Jason Mraz, maybe John Mayer kind of. We know already about the Script.
    Hope this works and get him good sales come November 7 or was it November 17.

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