Top 3 iTunes Performance Review – Double the Fun

Top 3’s themeless week features 2 songs from each Idol and runs the gamut from R&B to pop rock to a latin-flavored Hip hop cover.   Something for everyone!

  • Danny Gokey – “Dance Little Sister Dance” by Terrence Trent D’Arby – The obscure “Dance Little Sister” wasn’t a great song choice for the competition (Paula, you’re so weird), but listening to the recording, the song is suited to Danny’s hoarse growl.   He’s got a little James Brown thrown in there for good measure. – iTunes
  • Kris Allen – “Apologize” by OneRepublic – I can’t get excited about this arrangement–it’s too similar to the original. But Kris digs in with a vocal interpretation that displays the right amount of passion and pain. – iTunes
  • Adam Lambert – “One” by U2 – Adam tones down the vocal gymnastics here to deliver a lovely and poignant rendition. Loved the live version. Love this too. – iTunes
  • Danny Gokey – “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker –   Danny’s lack of nuanced phrasing really hurts his balladeering.   The song alternates between breathy and shouty without much inbetween. Plus, this song is just too wedding singer sappy for me to take seriously.   iTunes
  • Kris Allen – “Heartless” by Kanye West –   The studio recording of “Heartless” doesn’t pack the emotional wallop of the live version, but its smooth, Santana-like vibe is pleasing nonetheless.   iTunes
  • Adam Lambert – “Cryin” by Aerosmith – Adam lays down an effortless vocal that features the perfect use of his rock wail to nail the tune’s emotional high points.   Good stuff. – iTunes
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