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8/30/07 Albany, NY Concert Review


Times Union review:
The bottom line:  The reviewer dissed the show but thought Melinda was unequivocally the best of the bunch -- no ifs, buts, or wherefores.   :winner

AMERICAN IDOLS LIVE, Times Union Center, 08/30/2007
August 31, 2007 at 12:12 am by Jim White, News Editor
A quick, obligatory `Idol’ revue

Senior writer

ALBANY … It’s possible that people have been charged steeper prices to see high-production-values karaoke than the approximately 7,000 reality-show fans paid for American Idols Live at the Times Union Center on Thursday night. (Average ticket: $55.) It’s possible … but it’s also depressing to think that anyone might have, and baffling as to why they would.

More than the five previous live Idols shows that have come to the downtown Albany arena around this time of year since 2002, Thursday night’s performance, midway through a 57-city tour, felt obligatory and cynical, as if played on a jukebox that the proprietors know contains only one-minute tunes. Sure, while seeing “Hey Jude” sung by a group of people you’ve gotten to know on TV over five months feels comfortable and fun, it’s also cheaply evocative; you’d feel the same way if the former TV stars instead ice-skated a recognizable routine or cooked lasagna with panache. Familiarity breeds content(ment).

When a concert features 10 singers speeding through part or all of 40 songs in only two sets of 50 and 70 minutes apiece, it’s hard to think of the show as much beyond an exploitation of most of the talent and almost all of their fans’ money by the Fox marketing machine.

During the long concert, music that’s true, heartfelt, passionate and performed with talent felt outnumbered by hit medleys.

Phil Stacey, the Navy man with the soulful, scratchy voice, was terrific on Bon Jovi’s “Blaze of Glory” and “America the Beautiful.” LaKisha Jones popped some dress buttons, many eardrums and probably a lung with her version of “I Will Always Love You.” Chris Richardson should stop trying to steal Justin Timberlake’s career. Chris Sligh, he of fusilli hair and appealing voice, has grown musically, though his sarcastic personality fails to translate to live performance.

On the other hand, Blake Lewis, the contest’s runner-up, is able to turn all of the affectations that grate on TV into winning traits on the concert stage. While week after week on TV his thin voice, mannered dancing and insistence on beat-boxing became predictable, in the compressed atmosphere of concert he comes across as a talented, professional performer, one intent on maintaining musical integrity while showing the audience a good time.

Melinda Doolittle remains the best singer of the bunch. Nothing more be said. And Sanjaya Malakar, a modestly talented media creation if there ever was one, has lost his most attractive quality, innocence, and instead seems louche, jaded, as if he’s been indulging in groupies and gifts. Which means he’ll be fine in his fame even though he can’t really sing.

As for the knockout Jordin Sparks, the show’s winner, she has superior vocal range, great power and wonderful stylistic diversity, as demonstrated during six solo numbers that included the back-to-back “I (Who Have Nothing)” and Pat Benatar’s “Heartbreaker.” May she continue to develop artistic and interpretive talents that equal her precocious voice and grace.

Steve Barnes can be reached at 454-5489 or by e-mail at sbarnes@timesunion.com.

Somebody else who knows talent when they hear and see it.


Melinda the best of the bunch.. that man speaks the truth! And how come his seats were so cheap! Are they lowering the prices!


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Tell us something that we don't already know, buddy!   :wellduh    :)


--- Quote from: alohabyana on August 31, 2007, 07:24:38 am ---Somebody else who knows talent when they hear and see it.


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Agreed.  :D


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