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Purchase / Download beginning September 25, 2009
Kris Allen sounds here like an American Idol champion should sound. His version of "Live Like We're Dying," originally recorded by the Irish band the Script, is possibly the best first post-American Idol single yet by an American Idol champion. This record demonstrates again that one of the primary keys to the success of Kris Allen as a performer and now recording artist is almost uncanny skill at selecting material to sing that maximizes the presentation of his talents. It's very easy here to envision Kris Allen giving an energetic and engaging live performance.
- Muscular, enthusiastic vocal performance
- Instrumental arrangement designed to highlight Kris Allen
- Outstanding, inspirational song lyrics
- If anything, sticks too close to the original by the Script
- Written by Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Daniel O'Donoghue, and Mark Sheehan
- Produced by Andrew Frampton and Steve Kipner
- Released September 2009 by Jive Records
Guide Review - Kris Allen - "Live Like We're Dying"
"Live Like We're Dying" is a great inspirational pop song. It would deserve to be a major hit in its original form by the Script. However, Kris Allen does take the sound a step further with a muscular and engaged vocal performance. He wisely sidesteps presenting a laidback singer-songwriter style single, and instead "Live Like We're Dying" is a recording that could appeal to a massive audience. Mainstream pop, contemporary Christian, adult contemporary, and rock fans can all find something here to love.
One of the gifts that American Idol has given to mainstream pop music is a cadre of artists with real vocal talents that require no electrical enhancement to sound great on record. They will still sink on record without quality songs to sing and an aptitude for interpreting songs to their audience, but with quality material the vocals can be allowed to soar. Kris Allen's vocals here sound great. The instrumental arrangement can break down to little more than his voice, and he still sounds impressive.
For avid American Idol fans, Kris Allen has laid down the challenge to Adam Lambert as well. It almost seems like we've seen this story before. Adam Lambert certainly won the battle for press attention during this year's American Idol season, but ultimately the quietly confident approach of Kris Allen won. Since American Idol ended, Adam Lambert has been a clear press favorite even appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone, but this single by Kris Allen is not just acceptable, it is excellent. He sounds like a champion.