Pop / Rock / R&B

Hot Tracks

Artist: Various

Produced by: Nelly & Jeff Neben for Edy’s Grand Ice Cream Inc.

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Every once in a while, you can get something good for almost nothing.  What I mean to say is that, while I believe you get nothing for free in life, there are some pretty cool deals to be had.  Take for example the “free” item I received the other day at the supermarket.  It seems that Edy’s Grand Ice Cream Inc., in an effort to promote their Slow Churned Rich & Creamy Light Ice Cream, was giving away a free music CD with any purchase of two Slow Churned Light Ice Cream products.  Happy day for me!  I received a CD entitled Hot Tracks that featured finalists from past American Idol seasons.

            The first song, Get It by Season 1 runner-up Justin Guarini, is a catchy little pop song with some soul and funk undertones.  Enjoyable and enough to make me happy that I received this CD.  I decided to listen on.  Track two is Gave Yourself Away by Season 2 finalist Kimberly Caldwell.  To quote Simon Cowell, “Forgettable.”  The song was boring and Caldwell’s vocal delivery is rather hoarse/husky.  At times, she resorts to shouting the lines.  Next up was Here with Me by Season 3 finalist George Huff.  This song is done in reggae style and much as I like listening to reggae, I felt that Huff was trying way to hard to be Bob Marley on this track.  Uh oh, this CD is starting to go downhill.  Who can save the experience for me?

            Apparently Season 4 finalist Anthony Fedorov – I always liked that kid – with his sweet love song entitled Deep Within My Heart.  The music contains a Latin flare and Fedorov’s delivery is very 98º-ish, but I enjoyed the song, so I continued to listen.  Up next – Season 4 finalist Constantine Maroulis with his song, Several Thousand.  Now, I was never a Constantine fan, so I really never understood why he held on so long in Season 4.  I just don’t like his voice and it’s no surprise to me that, although I found Several Thousand to be a completely enjoyable catchy pop love song, I found myself wishing that someone else was singing it.  Track six presents the R&B song, Standing On Love by Season 4 finalist Nadia Turner (hmm…seems someone likes Season 4 of American Idol).  It’s time to quote Randy now – “Yo, Dawg!  Ya know, I kinda just felt that this song was just okay, you dig?  Not great, just okay.”

            The CD began to pick up speed with a great R&B track entitled Love Somebody, performed by Season 5 finalist Mandisa.  I knew this girl was going places!  This track is fun, the lyrics are catchy and Mandisa has a wonderful vocal delivery.  Oh, and let’s not leave Paula out – “Her performance was just so colorful…I could see all of the colors of the rainbow in that song.”  Huh?  Yeah, whatever, Paula - I just loved the song!  Finally, we hear from Season 6 finalist Chris Richardson All Alone is a good song, but it sounds like a copy of a recent Justin Timberlake song.  I’m not just talking about the vocals here either.  Even the music mix sounds like a track right off of a recent Timberlake album.  Chris has to stop relying on his Timberlake looks and vocals to keep him going in the business.

            All in all, I can say that I am happy to have received this semi-free CD from Edy’s Ice Cream!  Hot Tracks was a lot of fun to listen to.  Yeah, there were a couple of songs I could have done without, but most albums are like that.  It’s hot out – you know you want some ice cream.  Go out and buy two Edy’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream products today and pick up your free CD while supplies last!  You can’t go wrong with this one, folks!

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