Music Box: Candice Glover, “Music Speaks”

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]When season 13 of “American Idol” premiered last month, viewers were left wondering what had become of season 12 champ Candice Glover. Yes, behind the falling ratings and feuding judges there actually was a victor of the singing competition.
Glover, a 24-year old native of St. Helena Island, S.C., came out on top after not making it past the Hollywood round in seasons nine and 11. She was also the first female “Idol” since season six champ Jordin Sparks.
With all that fanfare, fans and critics alike were all expecting Glover’s debut album to be released soon after “Idol” wrapped in May 2013. We waited and waited, and finally “Music Speaks” dropped Feb. 18, nine months after she won the competition.
Glover’s soulful R&B vocals won her the competition; however, the producers of this effort did not even try to showcase her powerhouse voice. “Music Speaks” may be the name of the album, but Glover fails to deliver on what exactly her music is speaking about. While she opens her album with the impressive ballad “Cried,” that is as close as the album comes to showcasing the vocals that won her the competition.
She cries for all the pain the antagonist brought upon her, saying it was driving her insane. The song would be even more impressive if it was a reflection of Glover’s home life. That would help in explaining her album’s title; however Glover seems to have had a happy home life, being the oldest of seven children with happily married parents. The song’s accompanying video begins with a young girl witnessing parents fighting with Candice superimposed and seems to be reliving the sad moment.
Because the song doesn’t seem to be about Candice, the emotion in her voice simply isn’t there. Not only that, it doesn’t seem to be on any other tracks on the album. Another track, “Die Without You,” just doesn’t match up with Candice’s personality. Her personality is lost in the orchestrated and unoriginal music. At times, she doesn’t even sound like she believes what she is singing.
To be clear, I am not at all knocking Glover’s vocals. This girl has the ability to sing the phonebook and sell records. I put the blame for this sub-par debut on producers who did not take their time with an artist who has the talent to become an R&B jewel. She simply needs more control on her sophomore album and to cement herself as a singer who truly sings. Better Luck next time Candice.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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