Blake Lewis | Music | News | Review

Blake Lewis' Audio Day Dream is No Nightmare

Blake Lewis made a trip to the tattoo parlor this week, brought to you by TMZ. Coincidentally, first week sales of Idol winner Jordin Sparks' debut with the lead single "Tattoo" were the lowest of any Idol winner. I think Blake may handily outdo her.

LewisProbably the most surprising thing about the Blake Lewis Audio Day Dream album, released today, is how little he has utilized the "human beatbox" style that took him to runner-up in last year's American Idol. Sure, it's sprinkled with that, but there are more than a few 80's-inspired pop-synth ballads on it which I have to admit I've got a weakness for...

Lewis told MTV News in November: "It's my new genre I made up. I call it 2080, because it's a mix of all the great pop music that's inspired me. I worked with so many amazing people on this record, and the title came from this concept I came up with for the album. I wanted to make a hip-hop mixtape or a great electronic mix — just one mix, start to finish, that takes you on a journey through metal, drum-and-bass with scratching on it to Michael Jackson pop into Erasure into Depeche Mode into some dub reggae. This album goes everywhere, and it was an amazing process to work on it. There's a song on the record that's [the Police's] 'Every Breath You Take' meets [1984 film] 'The NeverEnding Story.' ...It's hard to describe, but you know how when you open Rorschach inkblot tests, how they have two different sides? It's going to be like that. There's going to be, like, ink and water, and different effects behind me that come in."

I'm not sure that's how I'd describe it, but it's certainly less of a new genre than a heavily-produced piece of listenable pop. If you can remember his lackluster performance in the Idol finale which was blamed mostly on having to sing a saccharine ballad way out of his range, it's interesting to hear a progression on that front. According to the AP, Lewis co-wrote all but one song on the album.

You can listen to the album here.

Blake Lewis makes CD debut [ap]
Tats Off to Blake Lewis [tmz]

You may have missed...
American Idol Runner-Up Blake Lewis: I'm Not Gay [tr]
Blake Lewis and Chris Richardson, Together Forever [tr]
American Idol's Blake Lewis Loses His Shirt [tr]
Idol's Chris Richardson and Blake Lewis Get Cozy [tr]

Feed This post's comment feed


  1. I loved Blake on American Idol, this album is pretty machined out, but he's definitely the kind of person that will do what he wants and he'll make it cool. Props to Blake.

    Posted by: Nathan | Dec 4, 2007 11:00:54 AM

  2. He's fun to watch, very creative and great at his sound effects schtick, but how long people want to hear it is another story. I like him but he's more of a novelty act. He should enjoy his 15 minutes and invest his money wisely.

    Posted by: JJ | Dec 4, 2007 11:49:49 AM

  3. AI is really an attempt to shore up an aging production-distribution system for music with all the big producer, big label, heavy promotion they can muster even though it ain't selling full albums anymore. They are going against the tide. Cheaply produced and lightly promoted singles released online are the current wave for new artists. How many music stores have to close before they realize this? Walmart is where people buy CD's these days.

    Posted by: anon ( | Dec 4, 2007 11:56:13 AM

  4. Boo, he's all waxed now. I miss the furrier Blake we got to see last year in shot I'm sure I saw here.

    Love Blake, though.

    Posted by: Billy | Dec 4, 2007 12:32:23 PM

  5. I miss furry Blake, too! He's such a cutie.

    Posted by: Joe | Dec 4, 2007 12:45:40 PM

  6. If you're a Blake fan- YouMail is offering free Blake voicemail greetings. Sign up for
    this free service and you can have your Blake Lewis greetings assigned to specific callers... so you can still have standard greetings for colleagues or people you don't want to hear your Blake greeting.

    Posted by: Derek | Dec 4, 2007 7:19:50 PM

  7. I LOVE BLAKE I cant wait to listen to his new CD....

    I LOve the furry Blake


    Posted by: Brittany Hughes | Dec 5, 2007 10:55:58 AM

Post a comment


« «Senate Aide to Maria Cantwell Arrested in Underage Sex Sting« «