From the low point in American Idol winner songs, the unfortunately titled, "Do I Make You Proud?" released by Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it release by last year's winner (quick, what's his name? Nope, not Adam) Kris Allen, there have been some major misfires by the brain trust at Sony. But upon first listen, newly-crowned Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze's first single does not suck.
In fact, it is unexpected and quite catchy. Having suffered through Off Key Lee's pained attempts at finding the right notes on American Idol, my expectations were low. I knew he had a good tone to his voice and that his rough-hewn vocals had shown a lot of promise at times throughout American Idol. But, I expected a generic Creed song, faux rock, lots of pained anguish and schmaltz.
Instead, Lee's first single sounds like a Jason Mraz song. Bouncy, peppy, upbeat -- none of the adjectives that usually spring to mind when you think of Gloomy Gus. It's a brilliant idea. Reinvent him and have him fill the niche of the light and breezy, grab a Mai Tai and chill, male pop singers. There's no grunting and groaning, no sound like he's passing a kidney stone, just a happy little ditty. I can't get the chorus out of my head and I've only heard it the one time.
My only one complaint about the song is its title. Sweet Serendipity?? Obviously, this was not vetted, run past any focus group, or researched in the slightest. I think the only word in the English language less in use than "serendipity" is "kismet." Was Zippity Doo Dah also in the running? Coincidink? Faith and Begora! I don't get it.
I googled serendipity and found it was the name of an NYC eatery that opened in 1954. The last year that word was cool.
Putting the awful title aside, here's a link to the song. http://mjsbigblog.com/lee-dewyze-sweet-serendipity-single-debuts-on-ryan-seacrest-show.htm
What should be heartening to fans of American Idol and its contestants is that this song shows that the powers that be are not trying to just cash in on the AI brand but actually thinking about what type of record each contestant should put out to give them the best chance of success. Let's hope this continues!