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First Listen: Blake Lewis, "Break Anotha"

First Listen: Blake Lewis, "Break Anotha"

Hey, remember Blake Lewis? The beatboxing American Idol contestant who made women everywhere swoon? We haven't heard much from ol' Blake since he finished second to Jordin Sparks in the Idol finale, but now he's prepping his first album, Audio Day Dream, scheduled to hit stores in early December.

His first single, "Break Anotha," is now streaming on AOL's PopEater, and after listening to it a few times through, I ... kinda like it. It has hints of Blake's signature beatboxing, but it's more outright danceable than anything he performed on Idol, with a pretty great beat backing Blake's falsetto chorus. Just over two minutes in, the song gets all crazy with a horn section break and synth-y vocal effects. It's kind of the sonic equivalent of a strobe light, and I'm not sure I love it, but I respect how weird it is.

Idolator also has another leaked Blake Lewis track, "Know My Name," which is also a strange musical soup. This one is a lot heavier on the synthesizers, and it reminds me of how a slightly lamer Justin Timberlake might sound if backed by a college a capella choir. Which is not to say it's bad. I mean, it's kind of a mess, but it's a mess I'm oddly compelled to listen to, which must mean something.

Check out the songs and let me know what you think. Is this how you expected Blake's album to sound?

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dnova427 dnova427 8 years
seriously....surrender should be the single. with enougt support it would be a hit! not even with that much support! a&r come on!
slgraycols slgraycols 8 years
Here's the song that made me love him http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecdA_BvXEwo On Youtube it's called She Loves the Way I don't know if this is on CD or not, I haven't checked
xxlolprincessxx xxlolprincessxx 8 years
OMG. I love it. Blake is so original and you can tell his songs from other artists. LOVE BlAKE!!!!!!
judylai81 judylai81 8 years
Aww He's such a cutie with a unique style of music.. so marketable
angelique88 angelique88 8 years
omg go blake go! its not bad at all. Im wanting me some blake! Its his sound, cant change that i guess.
kikkoman kikkoman 8 years
Not bad at all.
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
interesting.. he's from Washington though :woohoo:
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 8 years
ok i just read on perez hilton, thats nicoles CD is being pushed back until 2008. :( i was looking forward to it.
linkinpark9503 linkinpark9503 8 years
UPDATE: Album Release Dates Blake Lewis- 12/4 Jordin Sparks- 11/20 Nicole Scherzinger (from PCD)- 11/20
Sassette Sassette 8 years
It's more pop than I expected – given his post-AI affiliation with 311 and all. But it has sort of a Timberlake meets Maroon 5 sound to it that I like.
alliep627 alliep627 8 years
LOVE IT!!! Can't wait to add it to my MP3 for workouts. Need more like this - much more. GO BLAKE!!!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I...actually really like it!
alexlove alexlove 8 years
I love the first one! It sounds great!
KWM KWM 8 years
I was just thinking about Blake the other day and wondering what happened to him. I am a huge Blake fan. So glad to see him back on the scene :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
I'm listening to the song as I write this! I really love this song! Fun and classic Blake!
msshellokitty msshellokitty 8 years
I love Blake.I was wondering when he was going to make an album.I can't wait to get it.
sgdish sgdish 8 years
I love Blake too...I hope he makes it big!
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
Woot! Blake! I'm a little ashamed to admit that I've been looking forward to this album since the season finale of Idol! I loves me some Blake Lewis :)
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