Sunday, April 15, 2012

Haley Reinhart & The Best American Idol Single Not Recorded By Kelly Or Carrie

One of the highlights of my stint in LA last year was being sent to review American Idol Live at the Staples Center. To be honest, I hadn't watched any of the series and spent the afternoon frantically watching clips on YouTube so I would have some idea about the acts I was about to watch. Most of the contestants left me cold but 21-year-old Haley Reinhart made an impression with her jazzy voice and unusual song choices. My instincts turned out to be spot on. The quirky diva really stood out during the live show and I've been patiently waiting for her debut single ever since.

It took a bit longer than expected but "Free" dropped last month and it's really quite exceptional. In fact, it's one of the best American Idol singles not released by Kelegend or Queen Carrie. I love that Haley had the guts to record a jazzy, mid-tempo ballad instead of hooking up with Dr Luke or RedOne for yet another generic club anthem. "Free" is so old-fashioned, it's positively revolutionary. There's something very '70s about this breezy examination of a failed couple that just can't cut the chord. The lyrics are surprisingly honest and her voice has so much character. Check out the atmospheric video below. It's simple but suits the song and Haley looks amazing. Your faves have been put on notice. Bring on the album!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awesome review! I completely agree

Anonymous said...

I think she is the most unique Idol contestant to come through since Kelly. She can sell any song and any genre of music. Listen Up! May 22nd is a must buy.

John said...

She is probably the only Idol contestant since Glambert who could break wide open internationally. A song like this would easily catch a buzz in the UK.

Anonymous said...

I completely agree! It may take time for her to grow on people, but it's really impressive that she wrote 9/10 tracks on the album and didn't sell out by coming out with a pure pop album. She's only 21 and she has a bright future ahead.

Anonymous said...

she sounds awesome and will definitely get her album on the basis of this song. Just one objection I have to the review is she being called a diva. That is for a Franklin, Ross, Callas and even Beyonce has earned that status

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