Release Date: Oct 11, 2011
Record label: Mercury Nashville
Scotty McCreery may be the oldest 18-year-old alive. On Clear as Day, American Idol‘s latest champ sounds like he’s 52, and not just because of the Randy Travis baritone coming from his Opie Taylor mouth. It’s that he’s anticipating being ”old and gray” and reliving high school memories that are still ”clear as day” (um, that’s because he hasn’t graduated yet).
Coming in second to the dopey Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina is cut from the same country cloth as the winner of American Idol 10. Like McCreery, Alaina hails from the south and is perhaps a little bit too young to have lived everything she sings, but unlike McCreery, Alaina doesn’t have a preternaturally aged voice. Scotty’s baritone suggests he’s seen things he hasn’t, but Lauren still has a girlish twang to her voice, which lends her a greater bit of vulnerability, something that comes in handy on her quickly recorded and released debut, Wildflower.
Scotty McCreery started out the most recent season of “American Idol” as a scrawny stick with a deep and hollow voice and an Alfred E. Neuman grin. By the time the show ended, he’d become a Nashville slickster would-be, with exaggerated gestures and bulging swagger. Lauren Alaina arrived at ….