14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning the eighth season of American Idol, Kris Allen had less than six months before his self-titled debut came out. Nearly two and a half years later, the talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist releases the follow-up, with the extra studio time put to excellent use. Thank You Camellia, which is Mastered for iTunes, offers a broad range of styles, from the happy pop of the opening track, “Better With You,” to big, electro-tinged numbers like “The Vision of Love” and “Out Alive,” which recalls The Joshua Tree–era U2. The deluxe version comes with three bonus tracks—the bright-sounding “Turn the Pages,” the group sing-along candidate “Fighters,” and the Maison and Dragen Radio Remix of “The Vision of Love”—plus iTunes LP.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

After winning the eighth season of American Idol, Kris Allen had less than six months before his self-titled debut came out. Nearly two and a half years later, the talented singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist releases the follow-up, with the extra studio time put to excellent use. Thank You Camellia, which is Mastered for iTunes, offers a broad range of styles, from the happy pop of the opening track, “Better With You,” to big, electro-tinged numbers like “The Vision of Love” and “Out Alive,” which recalls The Joshua Tree–era U2. The deluxe version comes with three bonus tracks—the bright-sounding “Turn the Pages,” the group sing-along candidate “Fighters,” and the Maison and Dragen Radio Remix of “The Vision of Love”—plus iTunes LP.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.2K Ratings

1.2K Ratings

kickawesome21 ,

BLOWN AWAY!!

Kris Allen has taken his talent to a whole new level! This is a beautifully done album and magnitudes above his first. (although i was a huge fan of it as well). His range of song styles is outstanding, and I can see several top 10 hits from this masterpiece. Way to go Kris Allen!!!!!

Iheartu! ,

Best album ever!!!

I love kris allen and this is an amazing album!!!

butterflydm ,

A thoughtful mixture of joy and regret in love

Thank You Camellia is a themed collection - all the songs on the standard album are about love, of one kind or another, and he explores both positive and negative aspects of love.

"Better With You" is about how the simple enjoyment of the person that you love makes the world a better place. It's joyful and sweet. This is love at its best. "My Weakness" has a very toe-tapping beat and some fun whistling. This song - it's about love, but a love that makes you feel weak and vulnerable. There's a feeling that Kris feels like he shouldn't love as much as he does - he stops before dialing the phone, stops before writing a love song.

"Monster" is the darkest song on the album; this song is Kris warning off the person he loves. He's got secrets, he feels like he's tricked the other person into loving him and if they knew the truth, they'd understand that he's not a safe person to love. One of my favorites; it's great.

"Teach Me How Love Goes" takes us into confusion. Here, Kris doesn't know how to love the people he wants loves. He needs advice, because what he's feeling doesn't seem to be what he should be feeling. "I don't want to believe that love is just a dream and now we're waking up," he pleads here. This is Kris searching for answers, feeling lost. In this song, there's an edge of despair, like Kris isn't sure he'll ever figure things out.

You can't have an album about love and relationships without having a couple of songs about fights. In "Leave You Alone", Kris knows that he's mostly likely in the wrong, but he's not up to admitting it and all they're doing is fighting, so he volunteers to leave for the night so that they can patch things up in the morning. I really love the production on this song. The high tones work really well. The regret is palpable. The other big fight song is "Loves Me Not", a cutting but bright duet that is one of those great songs that sounds cheerful just when listening to the music, but then when you pay attention to the lyrics, it turns much more complex and sharp. This is about a hot-cold relationship where both parties suspect the other person of not genuinely loving them. He accuses her of only loving him when there's something else in it for her; she accuses him of stringing her along and only pretending that he loves her. The song tugs back and forth between arguing that "s(he) loves me"/"s(he) loves me not" and ultimately ends up settling on "not".

Of the bonus songs, "Turn the Pages" is my favorite. Really beautiful love song, where Kris is saying - hey, you saved me, so let me save you now.

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