Eric Ogden/Jive Records
November 11, 2009 at 05:00 AM EST

Kris Allen

Current Status
In Season
Kris Allen
We gave it a B-

On his post-Idol debut, the season 8 champion sniffs around a musical identity but never quite curls up in one. Despite scoring writing credits on an impressive nine of these 13 tracks, Kris Allen gets himself stylistically lost somewhere between Fly White Guy Avenue (”Can’t Stay Away”) and Bleeding Heart Boulevard (”The Truth”), while rarely visiting original territory. He’s also got a tendency to overstuff the lyrics; even his most interesting tune, the handclappy ”Alright With Me,” beats the word centers of the brain into submission. It falls to Allen’s appealing pipes (that adorable little hitch in his voice!) to sew this patchwork of pop production-for-hire together, and they ultimately provide the album’s strongest selling point. Lack of originality, however, suits Allen just fine on his rerecorded cover of Kanye West’s ”Heartless,” which now features an ”In the Air Tonight” drum fill and bass line, and is awesome. B-

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