Well, you knew it would just be a matter of time before someone did a review, so here it is – Constantine Maroulis‘ first album review:
Hereâ€™s a subpar review of the first album from Constantine Maroulis. The apparent message from The Chicago Tribune ?
Perhaps he ought to stick to The Bold and The Beautiful.
Backstory: Remember Constantine Maroulis? Finished in sixth place two years ago on American Idol? Did the rock thing, Ă la Bo Bice and Chris Daughtry? Greek? Off-Broadway actor/singer?
Why you should care: Because if runner-ups like Daughtry and Clay Aiken can put out better (and better-selling records) than some of the actual Idol winners, that means thereâ€™s room for everyone. And Maroulis, while not possessing the most distinctive voice in the world, pleasantly emulates Rob Thomas, John Mayer and the late great Brad Delp (Boston), among others.
Verdict: And yet, these songsâ€¦ Wow. Lead single â€śEverybody Lovesâ€ť mixes rock guitar, some upbeat piano, soulful back-up vocals and enough â€śnah nah nahsâ€ť to worm its way into your head. Sadly, lyrics like â€śyou can drink champagne with the president of Spain / or be a poor man walking in the rainâ€ť destroy the albumâ€™s one chance of creating a decent pop single.
Elsewhere, Maroulis channels mall metal circa 1989 (â€ťChild of the Revolutionâ€ť), latter-day Santana (â€ťGirl Like Youâ€ť) and, uh, a petulant teen girl (â€ťFavorite T-shirt,â€ť where Maroulis demands his favorite outerwear back).
X-Factor: If you have problems finding the record, send your complaints to Maroulisâ€™ record company, Sixth Place Records. He owns it.