Just Like You (CD) Allison Iraheta

PUBLISHED : Friday, 19 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 19 February, 2010, 12:00am

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.