Monday, October 30, 2006
Kellie Pickler--Small Town Girl (New!)
Album-Small Town Girl
Release Date-Oct 31, 2006
Biography-Kellie Dawn Pickler is 19 years old and is from Albemarle, NC. Singing "before she could talk" (according to Kelly), Kelly has not had an easy life. But one thing is true: Kelly can sing. Up untill she tried out for American Idol Season 5 in Greensboro, NC - she lived with her grandfather. After losing her grandmother 2 years ago and working at Sonic, Kelly decided to make a better life for herself by trying out for American Idol. In February of 2006, Kelly made the top 14 finalist of American Idol out of hundreds of thousands of hopefuls.
Review-This debut album by the small-town girl with the big, powerhouse voice showcases two distinctly different sides of Kellie Pickler's music. The hard-riffing uptempo material recalls the heartland rock of Bob Seger and John Mellencamp, with Pickler providing a good-ole-girl twang. Among the highlights are the emancipated strut of "Red High Heels," the playful humor of "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind," and the tomboy bluesiness of "One of the Guys." Yet the American Idol finalist turns pure diva on the over-the-top balladry of the album's other half, with swelling strings and arrangements that overpower rather than enhance "I Wonder" and "I'm on My Way." On such cuts, producer Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks) never gives Pickler a chance to show the subtlety and nuance that makes music more an art than a competition. --Don McLeese