Album Review: Come Through for You by Javier Colon
Very Good, Based on 4 Critics
Rolling Stone - 100 Based on rating 5/5
The Voice, indeed. Javier Colon, the inaugural winner of NBC's hit talent contest The Voice, has several pop star assets-pretty face, megawatt smile, rakishly-angled trilby. But it's his pure-toned tenor voice, sitting cozily between an old-fashioned soul croon and a Mayer-Mraz-style sensitive-dude simper, that sets him apart. Come Through For You is thoroughly catchy, from "Life is Getting Better" to "Stand Up," with guest vocals from his Voice mentor (and audible model) Adam Levine.
Following two albums (as Javier) for Capitol and a creative rebirth through the NBC talent show The Voice, Javier Colon releases Come Through for You, his first album for the Universal Republic label. Colon gets guest appearances from Voice mentor Adam Levine and Natasha Bedingfield, as he makes a smooth transition from R&B-oriented material to mature contemporary rock and ballads that just happen to recall the output of both Levine's Maroon 5 and Bedingfield. Colon certainly sounds more comfortable here than he did on his first two albums, where he was situated somewhere between Anthony Hamilton (rustic throwback soul) and Babyface (silky-smooth R&B ballads).
Colon radiated an endearing good-guy vibe on The Voice, which helped him win the top prize on the NBC show’s inaugural season. Here, though, the former major-label casualty barely makes a dent in snoozy soft-rock tunes co-written by Kris Allen (”Raise Your Hand”) and James Blunt (”Happy Sinner,” on which Colon calls himself an ”also-ran in the race to get to heaven”). One reprieve from Come Through For You‘s yawnfest: a disarmingly specific cancer lament that somehow musicalizes the words ”head of oncology.” C Download These:Hospital drama OK, Here’s the TruthAdam Levine duet Stand Up .
JAVIER COLON “Come Through for You” (Universal Republic) It wasn’t just Javier Colon’s high, supple, long-breathed, achingly sincere tenor that made him the winner on the premiere season of “The Voice” this year. It was also his personality as a family man, earnest striver and all-around nice guy. He doesn’t break character on his new album, “Come Through for You,” which is filled with advice like, “If you want to make it in love, you’ve got to be ready to give everything.” But he is breaking with his pre-“Voice” career: the two albums he released on Capitol Records, in 2003 and 2006, when he was billed simply as Javier.