For me, reviewing an Elliott Yamin single is akin to critiquing artwork by one of my nephews. I’m biologically programmed to love! But I’m gonna try to step out of my Idol fanboy role and judge E-Double’s new music — now streaming at AOL Music — on its own merits (as I’m sure he’d want me to).
Thankfully, Elliott’s in great voice on lead single “Movin’ On,” a kiss-off to a fickle lover that could just as easily be interpreted as a message to all those major-label execs who failed to snatch him up after his third-place finish on Idol‘s fifth season. The song’s got a ’70s, smooth-jazzy vibe that vaguely reminds me of “Just the Two of Us,” but I don’t think it would be totally out of place on today’s pop radio, either. All in all, a very wise choice, especially considering the other two Elliott tracks being previewed at AOL include the far less hook-y “You Are the One” and a drippy inspirational ballad called “Find a Way” (sample lyric: “Rain is falling from the sky/ It’s getting harder to stay dry”). What do you think, PopWatchers? Is Elliott destined for post-Idol success, and is “Movin’ On” the song that will get him there?