Scotty McCreery, ‘American Idol Season 10 Highlights’ – Album Review
On one hand Scotty McCreery's "highlights" album is a snack for fans starving for new music from the 'American Idol' winner. The collective is rabid for his debut of original songs; it feels like it's been forever since the Garner, N.C. native won the talent show.
On the other hand, the five-song EP is only a place holder for the real McCreery debut, rumored to be in stores late this summer or early this fall. In recent years, 'Idol' fans have forgotten about their winner by the time product was available, leading to tepid first week album sales. By serving up an appetizer McCreery (and 19 Entertainment) is saying, "Hey guys, don't forget about me. I'm still really cute and talented."
The songs chosen for McCreery's Walmart exclusive release are his single 'I Love You this Big,' 'The River,' 'Amazed,' 'Gone,' and 'Are You Gonna' Kiss Me or Not.' Arguably, these were his finest moments and it's interesting to listen to each without the backdrop of a television studio and screaming fans. His goofier moments -- like the Elvis Presley impression at the beginning of 'The River' -- aren't complimented by his onstage charisma, making them feel, well ... goofy. The Thompson Square song feels a little thrown together. McCreery can't be blamed for this, but it points out how quickly producers needed to work to get songs ready for iTunes.
'I Love You This Big' and 'Gone' are probably McCreery's finest moments on the album. The Montgomery Gentry song was the 17-year-old's favorite from the show, and he gives the song as much energy as he can muster. If you're jonesing for a Scotty fix, than this project is more than worth the $5 price tag. Otherwise, download your favorite song from his season, and hold your money for the official debut album later this year.
Watch Scotty McCreery Sing 'Gone'