A The Voice 7 finals go, I thought this was a pretty good one! Most of the original songs were credible. My favorite was Matt McAndrew’s self- “Wasted Love.” Although coach Adam Levine LED the audience to believe that Matt wrote the song. He didn’t. The writers on the tune actually are, according to Yahoo’s Lyndsey Parker, Brandon Lowry (Lana Del Rey, Gym Class Heroes, Avicii, Lindsey Stirling); Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk; former Sick Puppies frontman Shimon Moore; and Mike Fiorentino. Nevertheless, this is a great song that fits right into the current alt/rock pocket, along with bands like Hozier and Imagine Dragons. If Matt snags the crown, he could be the first ever The Voice pop success.
Chris Jamison could serve as a relevant winner as well. I prefered the live version of his original song, “Velvet,” to the recorded song, which seemed like cut rate JT. The song was penned by Canadian pop singer Alex Lacasse, Kellen Pomeranz, and Elof (Christina Grimmie). Damien’s song “Soldier,” written by Max Martin and Johan Carlsson, finally gave him the chance to prove his mettle as a contemporary artist. However, I hated hate hated the leftover b-side “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face” that coach Blake Shelton tossed at Craig Wayne Boyd. The song, written for Blake years ago by Mark Marchetti and Stephanie Jones. Generic, trite…and it’s currently #2 on iTunes. What do I know. At least it’s not about trucks.
There are 8 songs charting above Matt’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” I’m not surprised. I liked his take on the classic, but it can be tricky reinterpreting beloved songs. I’m assuming there aren’t of folks asking for an alt/rock version of the theme to Wizard of Oz.
Well played Craig! Last week, Craig pulled out the God card. This week, I expected him to be draped in the flag. NOPE. Better than that! The daddy card trumps all. A tearful Craig singing “In Pictures” by Alabama while the camera cuts to his sweet little boys face. That’s pandering at its finest, particularly to the female fans, many of whom were reduced to a puddle of goo.
I still think this is a race between Craig Wayne Boyd and Matt McAndrew. I think Matt had the better performances and the best original song out of the four finalists. But Craig’s country stylings are accessible and appeal to a broader cross section of people. I still believe, as I mentioned this morning, that Damien could sneak into 3rd place. Chris performed really well tonight, but without one big showstopper like “When I Was Your Man” or “Georgia,” he’s at a disadvantage.
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