3 by Bo Bice

American Idol’s insistence that its finalists perform expertly in several genres throughout the televised musical boot camp leaves too many Idol alumni sounding more like wind-up demo or jingle singers than progressive artists. As an indie-rock band member long before his Idol days, Bo Bice shouldn’t be regarded in those terms. Unfortunately, his latest is a rather schizophrenic attempt to reconcile his country and Southern-rock roots with his soulful side. The album commences with the faintly funky “Keep On Rollin’ ,” complete with an array of keyboards and horns, slammed against the more country-sounding “Different Shades of Blue” and “Good Hearted Woman,” which find Bo doing an entirely passable Travis Tritt impersonation. His Lynyrd Skynyrd influence takes over on the harmonica-adorned “Wild Roses” and “Coming Back Home,” but the latter’s energetic buildup is wasted on a lackluster na na chorus. “Get on and Ride” features a blustering Lenny Kravitz-esque vocal and distorted guitar line.


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