‘AI’ champs usher in the holiday season with radio-ready releases

A+
A
A-

PHILLIPS. Unbridled optimism.

American  Idols Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips usher in the Yuletide season with the No. 4 bows of “Christmas with Scotty McCreery” and “The World from the Side of the Moon,” Phillips’ first studio album, on Billboard 200. Both discs are notable not only for their singers’ genre-boosting appeal, but also for their track listings’ unbridled optimism and radio-ready gloss.

The Season 10 champ is busy juggling college (he goes to North Carolina State University) and a red-hot career as a country singer. His 11-track holiday set is instantly appealing because his easygoing baritone captures the warmth and feisty lilt of “Let It Snow,” “Jingle Bells,” and the fiddle-and-piano-fueled “Holly Jolly Christmas.”

McCreery goes beyond the surface in “Mary Did You Know?” as he waxes philosophical about the Blessed Virgin Mary’s ultimate sacrifice: “Did you know that your baby boy would one day walk on water?/ Did you know that when you kissed your little baby, you kissed the face of God?”

Positive vibe characterizes the original tunes in his repertoire: The heart-warming “Christmas in Heaven” reveals how the death of a loved one has made him see things in a different light, while “Christmas Comin’ Round Again” encourages people to forget about their differences—and to “let go and let love.”

The album ends on a high note when McCreery puts a bluesy rock spin on the carol, “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”—in which the 19-year-old crooner channels a belting and growling Elvis Presley!

MCCREERY

Deluxe edition

In the deluxe edition of Phillip Phillips’ solo studio debut, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” you only need to listen to his reworked covers of Chris Isaak’s Lynchian 1989 ballad, “Wicked Game,” and Michael Jackson’s campy pop classic, “Thriller,” to realize that there’s more to Season 11’s big winner than his appealing gravelly voice and boy-next-door countenance.

His enthusiastic renditions recall the alternative-rock smolder of Dave Matthews—but, when Phillips launches into his anthemic arena dazzlers, like the folksy “Gone, Gone, Gone,” the rousing “Can’t Go Wrong,” and his “coronation” song on “American Idol,” “Home,” you know that the 22-year-old singer-songwriter is his own man!

Yes, he can’t hold a candle to the musical chops and show-stopping sizzle of Jessica Sanchez, his runnerup, but his versatility (the idiosyncratic “Man on the Moon,” the irresistible “Get Up Get Down,” and the hit-bound “Where We Came From”) and the diversity of his musical influences (listen to the folksy tweaks of “A Fool’s Dance” and the jazzy coda of “Drive Me”) make him perpetually interesting and allow his sound to continually evolve.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/earlene.peshnak Earlene Peshnak

    I love Scotty he is so sweet and humble and a voice of a angel.He has been been selling out solo concerts all over the US,now I need him to come to Canada.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Janie-Stock/100002578662761 Janie Stock

    SCOTTY McCREERY, IS AN AMERICAN IDOL AND NOT BECAUSE HE HAS THE TITLE OF SEASON 10 WINNER ……HE IS A GIFT FROM GOD !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sharron-Gail-Taylor/1227609740 Sharron Gail Taylor

    GOD SENT US FOR SCOTTY FANS A ANGEL. CAUSE HE IS STILL OUR IDOL AND ALWAYS WILL BE ONE CAUSE HE IS ONE THROUGH AND THROUGH.  GOD SAW THAT WE NEEDED A ANGEL SO HE SENT US ONE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94

editors' picks

advertisement
December 18, 2014

Traffic!

popular

advertisement

videos