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Album Stream: Blake Lewis, Audio Day Dream

Ever since I was pleasantly surprised by the first two tracks off American Idol runner-up Blake Lewis' debut album, I've been curious to check out the full album to see if it lives up to the insane energy of "Break Anotha." The album, Audio Day Dream, hits stores today, but if you can't wait to buy it — or just want to take a listen before committing to a purchase — the full album is streaming right now on AOL.

So far, the album is definitely meeting — if not exceeding — my expectations, despite its atrocious cover art (seriously, Blake, what were you thinking?). Like the two tracks that leaked early, especially "Know My Name," the album is a bit of a mess, with tons of loops and beats and tempos and musical styles packed into each track. But being boring would have been a much greater sin; the album shows the eclectic side of Blake that managed to peek out around the edges of his Idol performances. The verses of "Gots to Get Her" remind me of a hip-hoppy "Puttin' on the Ritz," and "Surrender" owes a lot to '80s power ballads — and that's just the start of the myriad influences here. Some of it's a little cheesy for my taste, but I can also hear a ton of songs that could (and probably should) be big hits.

One of my typical problems with Idol first albums is that they're too safe. This is anything but, and that makes me excited for what Blake could do long-term. Check out the album, then let me know: Are you on board with Lewis' Day Dream?


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expatiates expatiates 9 years
have you guys seen this video of blake playing piano and singing? it's really beautiful and intimate. click!!
xxlolprincessxx xxlolprincessxx 9 years
I LOVE BLAKE LEWIS!! I don't care what the cover looks like. :)
erinlikestoplay erinlikestoplay 9 years
Awesome. Thanks for the link. I am totally digging the album. I was cheering him on all season.
Sassette Sassette 9 years
Well, Blake's such a big fan of all things 80s that the cover art is probably intentionally cheesy in some weird homage to the decade of rubber bracelets, socks over pants, and Hypercolor t-shirts. Can't wait to hear the album!
em1282 em1282 9 years
The cover wouldn't be so bad if the picture of him in the background was in the forground kinda suits him. He grew on me as the season went on so I'll at least check out some of his songs on iTunes. Didn't like Jordin, and what the hell happened to Melinda?
blondie829 blondie829 9 years
Not a fan of the cover art, but the album is pretty good. Definitely going to buy a few songs, but not the whole CD.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
Don't judge the album by its cover. The songs are "very Blake." Me likey!!! No sparks from Jordan for me.
derekbrookmeyer derekbrookmeyer 9 years
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Seraphim Seraphim 9 years
alexlove alexlove 9 years
The way I see it, the cover is way better than Britney's :) Anyway, I really loved Break Anotha, so I'm going to check this out when I get a chance.
emalove emalove 9 years
I liked Blake on Idol this season, he was my fave. That cover art is so bad that it's funny...
MamaD MamaD 9 years
Oh I think that album cover will come back to haunt him at some point in his life!!!!
Nitachequita Nitachequita 9 years
The cover makes me think of Xanadu. But I LIKE the cover for Xanadu; Blake's, not so much.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
Well if you compaired he's cover to britney spears' then his looks way better!lol. At least it showcases his eyes,lol. I like Blake and the album is fun and sooo much better than the standard idol pop. Break Anotha is a constent on my playlists.
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
It reminds me of the laser background from my elementary school pictures. And also Star Wars.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
Pinkflats, you might be right. I can see the similarities, but wow. Less is so much more ...
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
that cover is a really, REALLY bad version/rip-off of Common's FINDING FOREVER album cover, i think.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
If I can get past the cover, I might give it a try. Seriously, this has to be a candidate for the worst album cover design of all time.
rivrchild rivrchild 9 years
I couldn't agree more about the album cover! WHO did that? And why did he or his management give it the okay??? The cover alone makes me not want to listen to it.
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