Just Like You (CD) Allison Iraheta
YP intern Alvin Yuen
Allison Iraheta, who reached the top four on the last season of American Idol, has released her debut album, Just Like You. The 13 punk-rock and pop tracks are enjoyable, although Iraheta doesn't really bring anything new to the genre. What's most enjoyable is the variety of tempos.
The 17-year-old moves from the disco beats of Robot Love to the slow rock title song without any awkwardness. Dance songs You Don't Know Me and Beat Me Up have a strong bass line and will appeal to anyone who likes a good beat.
The album definitely requires more than one listen. On the first run-through, it's hard to identify stand-out tracks, but on a second playing, songs become catchy and memorable.
There are some great numbers here. The bittersweet, nostalgic Scars opens with some lovely acoustic guitar and has a very clean melody, with drums not coming in until the second verse. Don't Waste the Pretty is an uplifting track that starts with a simple beat and a catchy riff that rises to an upbeat, almost gospel-tinged conclusion.
Punk rock and pop music fans will find this album quite entertaining. If you enjoyed Iraheta on Idol, you will find plenty to enjoy here, but if you're a hardcore punk rock fan, don't expect to be overwhelmed.