The reviews are out for Allison Iraheta’s debut, Just Like You, and they aren’t exactly raves.
Barry Walters at Rolling Stone complains that Allison sounds too much like Pink in spots, which is no surprise–while I was hoping her collaborators would try to draw out her original side, this is pop music we’re talking about where the goal often seems to be to do the same thing over and over until it’s deader than dead.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine at All Music Guide is a bit more kind:
Allison may strongly resemble her idols here, but chalk that up to youth: she’s still in the stage where she’s emulating, not innovating, but that doesn’t prevent her from conveying considerable charisma.
Both critics have kind words for album opener and first single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U,” a cross between Joan Jett and co-writer Max Martin’s usual Swedish pop. It’s a good, not great, number, but it does show some potential. I think what I like about it the most is that Allison’s braces haven’t been airbrushed out of the video–that touch shows a glimpse of the genuineness and edginess that I loved about Allison on American Idol.
Allison was my favorite American Idol contestant ever, so I hope she gets the chance to develop.
Allison Iraheta – “Friday I’ll Be Over U”
Cross-posted at Idolpundit.