Kris Allen Answers Your Twitter Questions on KAO!

Recently, Kris Allen fans were asked to ask Kris questions via Twitter. The answers are too funny. Take a look for yourself!

Hilarious! I hope he continues to do interviews like this, they’re so much fun!

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Updated 60 Second ‘American Idol’ Promo

A slightly updated version of the season 10 American Idol 60 second promo hit the airwaves last night. This promo contains clips from each of the nine previous Idol winners at their auditions.

You know me, I have no problem with more David Cook.

I think the director of these promos has done a great job. I can’t wait to see more of the Idols in their hometowns.

So Idol fans, how are you liking the promos for season 10?

Music Review >> Good Charlotte – ‘Cardiology’

It seems that the guys of Good Charlotte have done a lot of growing up since their last album release in 2007. Their new album, Cardiology, touches on love, life, and family.

Originally formed in Waldorf, Maryland in 1996, Good Charlotte is Joel Madden (lead vocals), Benji Madden (vocals/guitar), Billy Martin (guitar/keyboard), Paul Thomas (bass), and latest addition Dean Butterworth (drums). To date, the band has sold over ten million albums.

When I talked to Good Charlotte’s guitar player, Billy Martin last month, he said that the recording process for this album was “a rollercoaster ride.” The band originally started recording Cardiology with producer Howard Benson, but decided to go in a different direction when the album wasn’t turning out how the band had originally envisioned it.

“We kind of just pulled the plug and started over later with Don Gilmore, who had done our last record (Good Morning Revival) and our first record (Good Charlotte),” Martin said. “We wanted to try something new with Howard, and it seemed like a good fit, but in the end it just wasn’t. We kept probably six or seven of those songs. We ended up throwing everything away and re-recording with Don and then a handful of new songs came out during the process.”

The result of going back into the studio with Gilmore is 15 of the best songs from Good Charlotte. The beats, melodies, and lyrics on Cardiology are nothing short of fantastic. There are a lot of different sides to this album; it really is as if they took the best parts of their previous albums, then went and made an album that all of their fans could really get behind.

“When I listen to our first records, it’s so innocent, and I think that we really managed to recapture that feeling with this record without actually repeating what we’ve done in the past,” lead singer Joel Madden explains in the band’s press release. “I get the same feeling of excitement listening to the record that I did when we first started making music.”

I have to agree with Madden on this. I feel like this album really throws back to the band’s first album, yet shows the progression of their music at the same time.  A great example of this is “Counting The Days,” which is reminiscent of their first album: it’s catchy, the melody is simple, yet there’s that something extra in the music that amps it up to the level where the band is at today. I think it would make a great choice for their second single.

Speaking of singles, “Like It’s Her Birthday” is a great bridge from Good Morning Revival to Cardiology. The song picks up from the last album, builds on it, and sets a great tone for this new album.

Also, I appreciated that “Like It’s Her Birthday” was not the first track on the album just because it happened to be the first single. The band really succeeded at making this album flow from song to song, making Cardiology a well rounded collection of solid music.

In songs like “Harlow’s Song (Can’t Dream Without You),” “1979,” and “Right Where I Belong,” you can tell how much the band has matured lyrically. These songs are a departure from the angst in some of their music from their earlier times, and the focus is on the good that they have had in their lives.

“A lot of the lyrics on this album are about being in a different place in my life,” Madden said in a press release. “There are some songs like “Harlow’s Song (Can’t Dream Without You)” that are directly about my kids or being in love and how being in a relationship changes the whole experience of my life, but a lot of the lyrics are introspective. Obviously we’re all in different places in our lives, but we’re giving our fans that same honesty we always have.”

As I was listening to the album, I kept envisioning hearing these new songs live, and the one that I think is going to be a huge crowd pleaser is “Standing Ovation.” It’s somewhat of a light-rock song, but has great sing-a-long potential. I think the band’s fans are going to really enjoy this track.

Musically, Cardiology really has its bases covered. There are the catchy pop tunes like “Silver Screen Romance,” the rockin’ party anthem “Last Night,” and the harder rock track, “Alive.” This album definitely shows progression in the band.

Cardiology is due out November 2. For more information on Good Charlotte, check out their official website.

Definite Downloads: “Counting The Days” and “Standing Ovation”

Originally posted on BlogCritics.

MWK Release The Sanctuary Live Sessions

Neal Tiemann and Andy Skib from MWK (Midwest Kings) tweeted earlier today that The Sanctuary Live Sessions is now available at MWKMusic.com.

The band has done something pretty cool with the cost, and they are allowing fans to pay what they think is fair for the nine-track download.

The track listing is as follows:

1. “‘Til I’m Blue”

2. “Circles Anthem”

3. “Waterside”

4.  “A Scarlet Letters”

5. “Heaven or Worse”

6. “One True Thing”

7. “Railway Reality”

8. “Undertow”

9. “Make Me”

There is also a free download of “Under The Milky Way” at the very bottom of the page.

Go to MWKMusic.com to buy and download The Sanctuary Live Sessions.

Let me know what you think of the album in the comments.

Definite Download: “Make Me”

New 60 Second ‘American Idol’ Promo

The latest American Idol promo debuted last night during the World Series. This one features all previous nine Idol winners.

Check it out!

Who’s your favorite past Idol winner, and are these promos getting you excited for season 10?

 

 

New Season 10 ‘American Idol’ Commercial

FOX just debuted the latest commercial from American Idol season 10 featuring some of the past Idol’s winners.

Check it out!

If the video won’t play, click here.

I’m excited for the upcoming season promo with the rest of the Idol winners, are you?

Kris Allen Covers U2’s “Stuck In a Moment”

Last night Kris Allen and guitarist Cale Mills performed in Conway, AR on the UCA campus.

The two of them covered one of U2’s hits, “Stuck In a Moment.” Definitely worth hitting the play button.

This is definitely one of my favorite covers that Kris has performed this year while on tour.

What did y’all think of his cover & what song do you hope he takes on next? And how awesome is Cale’s falsetto?

Video Credit: Ocamy24 on YouTube.