Album Review: Candice Glover's "Music Speaks"
MANAGING MOSAIC EDITOR
After 13 seasons of “American Idol,” the winners’ names and talents seem to blend together. Aside from contestants like Carrie Underwood or Kelly Clarkson, who have really forged successful careers for themselves, and are rarely still associated with their early ‘idol’ beginnings, most of the show’s singers tend to be forgotten about rather quickly.
On Feb. 18, the most recently crowned ‘idol’ winner, Candice Glover, released her album “Music Speaks.” Admittedly, I was feeling rather uninspired about reviewing an ‘idol’ winner’s album, as many of them have produced very ordinary, or overreaching, debut albums after winning the TV show’s title. This seems to be especially true with the show’s R&B singers (Ruben Studdard and Fantasia Barrino are among the artists to release unmemorable post-idol albums). While I do not think that Glover’s album is anything legendary, it did surpass my expectations and is far better than most previous ‘idol’ contenders’ debut albums.
“Music Speaks” has already gained positive reactions and is currently 24 on the iTunes album list. The 11-track album primarily features love related songs, but Glover does a good job at not just singing cheesy ballads (a crime that many former idols are guilty of on their first albums…“Flying Without Wings,” “A Moment Like This” and “I Believe” are amongst the sappy songs listeners could have probably done without).
Tracks like “Damn” and “Same Kind of Man” reveal Glover’s individuality as a singer, and her pure vocals, paired with lyrics regarding difficult situations, are far from lacking in promise. In addition to her own tracks, she covers The Cure’s “Love Song.” Being able to cover a song in a genre vastly different from her own shows off Glover’s talent, but was also a smart move in terms of her album, as she may be able to draw in a larger audience of listeners.
Overall, Glover’s album is a pleasant surprise. If people are willing to look past her “American Idol” title, she may have a shot at preserving a career in music. “Love Speaks” offers honest writing and lovely vocals. Although she may still be new to the industry, this first album is a worthwhile listen, and could help her move past the rut of many other ‘idol’ alumni.
─ Katie Alteri, firstname.lastname@example.org