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Music Review: Allen's debut is cool, but average

Kris Allen, "Kris Allen" (Jive Records)
/ Source: The Associated Press

Kris Allen, "Kris Allen" (Jive Records)

On Kris Allen's self-titled debut album, the "American Idol" presents a collection of pop-rock tunes that are cool and simple — a reflection of what we saw from the married 24-year-old on the eighth season of "Idol."

Allen, known for his boy-next-door charm, co-wrote nine of the 13 tracks and collaborated with Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Carrie Underwood), Toby Gad (Milli Vanilli, Jordin Sparks) and Irish rockers The Script, among others.

While the CD is a somewhat enjoyable one, it is also average — much like Allen himself.

Songs like the heartfelt "Bring It Back" and the soaring "The Truth" could make Allen sound extraordinary — too bad he doesn't have enough of them.

CHECK THIS TRACK OUT: "Bring It Back" is exceptionally slow and smooth — a reflection of Allen at his best.