I started watching American Idol with Season Four, probably about half way through the final twelve. That was the one that came down to Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood. We all know how that ended up. I remember liking Bo when I watched it, but at that point American Idol was still kind of leery of having a "rocker" on the show.
It's obvious that you don't have to be the winner of American Idol to get an album. Some runner-ups are even doing better than the winners of their season. So Bo got his album deal and his first album came out the same day Carrie's first album was released. Her album went on to sell millions of copies, while I'm not sure how many his did. I know it wasn't all that much. His producers basically presented a watered down version of his "rock" roots. I didn't buy it, but I heard some stuff from it and wasn't that impressed.
His second album came out last year. The exact same day that Carrie released her second album. I'm sure it wasn't planned that way, but it was kind of weird. Again her album got all the reviews and notice, while his sat quietly on the shelf. Except this time the sound was different. I don't know if he stepped forward or the producers decided to let him be more of himself, but his country rock side took a step forward. I picked up his album just recently, after I saw him perform on some show and liked what I saw. His new album is very good. It's in the tradition of southern country rock, from bands like Skynrd to Allman Brothers.
This gives me some hope for Taylor Hicks next album. I feel like they did the same thing on his first album after his win. It was over produced and I felt like Taylor got lost in the mix. I'm hoping his second album he can step forward and make it his own.
Anyways here is Bo Bice's song "Witness" from his second album See The Light.
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