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American Idol Season 2: All Time Classic American Love Songs
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B, Soundtracks
Interested in visiting your favorite contestants from the second season of American Idol? Then this is the album for you, but be forewarned that something is lost in the translation from the small screen to the compact dis... more »
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Interested in visiting your favorite contestants from the second season of American Idol? Then this is the album for you, but be forewarned that something is lost in the translation from the small screen to the compact disc. Simon Cowell's scathing comments and Paula Abdul's head tossing add to the human drama; without those visual embellishments, the recorded version falls flat. Sure this is a talented bunch, but the material is mundane, with few of the finalists straying from the traditional arrangements. But when they do, it's sometimes worse. Ruben Stoddard's rendition of the Carpenters hit "Superstar" reeks of misplaced sincerity. The best cut on the disc is Kimberly Caldwell's throaty cover of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly With His Song," which gives the song some well-needed grit. And while Julia Demato's voice is no match for Etta James's full-bodied version of "At Last," Demato gives the classic a fetching kittenish spin. --Jaan Uhelszki
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Stacia C. (ShadowsCursed) from SWANZEY, NH
Reviewed on 10/6/2009...
We all suddenly remember why we didn't vote for them during this season. Some are great and some are pretty painful.
Reviewed on 3/21/2007...
Great CD for nostalgic memories
Carol S. from PARADISE, CA
Reviewed on 3/3/2007...
Good singers on season 2!
Sandra L. (MusicMama) from W JEFFERSON, NC
Reviewed on 8/8/2006...
A great bunch of talented young people, singing their hearts out!
I am so AMAZED!!!
Jordan | Marina Del Rey, Ca United States | 05/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Well this cd in unbelieveable. I am a American Idol fan but I couldn't wait for the cd. Well here is a list of songs and rated1. What the World Needs Now-(4/5) now the thing in this song is that it is well done but it really wasn't the greatest rendition I have heard but it is definetely good because the different vocals. Kinda cheesy at the end with Julia.2.Superstar-(4/5) Now I am not a fan of ruben but I must say that his voice is amazing for this song. 3.On the Wings of Love-(5/5) Clay sang this song like no other. He makes any song sound amazing. His vocals are phenomenal.4.At Last-(2/5) I am not sure but I think Julia was cute but her vocals didn't seem that great on the show and this song was pretty but it doesn't sound like her....vocals are decent.5.Three Times a Lady-(5/5) This song is awesome for Josh. I can't believe that he sang this song so well. His country tone is heard a little bit but not obvious. This shows that he really can sing. Vocals are good.6.Let's Stay together-(4/5) Now trenyce has great vocals and I am happy that this song is on there but it is the only upbeat song. Her live version is better. What is Trenyce's last name?7.Back at One-(4/5) Rickey really surprised me with this song. I can't believe that he pulled off this song so well. His vocals are great his upper register sounded great.8.Killing me Softly with His Song-(5/5) Now I have to admit that this version of the song is just superb. I can't get over that she sang this song. I have fallen in love with this song and her singing it. Her vocals are ontact. This song shows her upp register very well.9.Open Arms-(2/5) Corey has a ok voice but it kinda gets on my nerves and I love the song but I didn't like his vocals on this song.10.How Do I Live (Without You)- (4/5) I think this shows Carmen best singing with her voice. You can her her vibrato a little bit in only certain parts but otherwise she totally got rid of her vibrato.11.Over the Rainbow-(5/5) Kimberley pulls off this song with ease. I love when she first sang it but better when it was studio recorded.l I can listen to this song over and over again. Her vocals are the best of the girls in the competition and this song proves it.12. Overjoyed-(4/5) Now I wish Charles went farther in the competition I liked his voice and he makes a great version of this song. Stevie Wonder is hard to pull off and I think he did it well. His vocals are good.13.God Bless the U.S.A(Proud to be an American)-(3/5) I like them singing the song but it just doens't hit me hard like all of them together but it is a good version vocals are well blendedOne thing that I am disappointed with is that Vanessa didn't make it onto the cd because I liked her voice also."
Last Season was better, but there are winners!
J. Martin | Woodside, NY | 05/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This years group of American Idol wannabes is a very talented group. All 11 finalasts have their own unique quality that makes them stand out in their own way. However, there is not one of them that has blown me way like Kelly and Tamayra did last year, except for Clay, but thats besides the point. Heres the lowdown:Superstar-Ruben-Rubens velvet voice is in full effect on this beautiful ballad. Many predict he will win. 9/10On The Wings of Love-Clay-Clay is the winner in my opinion. His stunning tenor sounds effortless. A cheesy song yes, but Clay makes it his own and he sounds incredible. Its nice to finally have his voice on CD. 10/10At Last-Julia-What a disappointment. He basically ruins this Etta James classic. She should have done Breathe by Faith Hill and should never ever sing this song again. 1/10Three Times a Lady-Josh-Josh is a very likeable performer with a nice, rich voice. Perfect song for him, and he sounds great. 8/10Lets Stay Together-Treynyce-Her sultry powerful pipes are missing on this version. Her live version blew me away, but she still has star quality and I would buy her cd the day it came out. 8/10Back At One-Ricky-I have to admit I was never a fan of Ricky Smiths, but he sounds wonderful on Brian Mcknights stunning ballad. He basically imitates every note and riff, but thats pretty impressive considering Brian Mcknight is one of todays most gifted vocalists. 8/10Killing Me Soflty-Kimberly Caldwell-I've always like Kimberly Caldwell. Shes fun and funky with a great voice, but something is not coming across on this recording. Could have done better. 7/10Open Arms-Corey-Clay sang this for his Top 12 performance and he did it 10 times better. Corey screehces through the whole thing 3/10How Do I Live-Carmen-Shes sweet and young and got a very likeable quality about her. She may not have the best voice, but we all have to admit shes better than Julia. 7/10Over The Rainbow-Kimberly Locke-Stunning. Her voice is magnificant when given the right song, and Judy Garland would be proud. 9/10Overjoyed-Charles-Not Bad. Nothing to exciting. 6/10God Bless the USA and What the World Needs Now are beautifully sung by the finalists. They dont have the same impact as they did when sung live, but still a great way to end the album."