Kris Allen (album)

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Kris Allen
Studio album by Kris Allen
Released November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
Recorded 2009
Length 48:05
Kris Allen chronology
Brand New Shoes
Kris Allen
Thank You Camellia
Singles from Thank You Camellia
  1. "Live Like We're Dying"
    Released: September 21, 2009
  2. "The Truth"
    Released: May 11, 2010[1]
  3. "Alright with Me"
    Released: October 13, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[3]
Salt Lake Tribune (D)[4]
Slant Magazine 2/5 stars[5]
Sputnik Music 2/5 stars[6]

Kris Allen is the major-label album debut (second overall) from American Idol eighth season winner Kris Allen. The album was released on November 17, 2009, through Jive Records.

Album information[edit]

Allen has writing credits on nine of the twelve tracks on the album, including one solo credit for "Red Guitar", a song that he wrote prior to participating in American Idol. "Is It Over" was written by Allen with Cale Mills, who is an Arkansas friend of the "Idol" champ.[7] According to a preview of the album,[8] the tracks are

In a break with American Idol tradition, Allen's Idol "coronation song", "No Boundaries", was not included on his major-label debut, becoming only the second Idol winner album to do so after Taylor Hicks' self-titled album. Instead, a newly recorded version of "Heartless", covered by Allen during his run on Idol, was included as a bonus track.[9] There has been speculation that this was because "No Boundaries" was already included on the Walmart exclusive season 8 compilation album,[10] which is the first time the winning single was included on the season's compilation since Kelly Clarkson in 2002 and is the first new compilation since season five. However, it has been included as part of the deluxe album version at iTunes.

Allen previewed three songs from his album "Written All Over My Face", "Can't Stay Away," and "Before We Come Undone" at a Miami Dolphins tailgate-party before their game against the New Orleans Saints on October 25, 2009.[11]

AOL Music began streaming the full album on November 9, 2009.[12]

The album was released in the United Kingdom on November 16, 2009[13] making its official release before that of the United States.

In general, the album has received mixed reviews, gathering a rating of 52 out of 100 on Metacritic, which assigns a rating for albums based on cumulative reviews.[14]


  • "Live Like We're Dying", a cover of the Script's song, was released digitally via iTunes on September 25, 2009.[15] The music video for the single was released on November 6, 2009 on AOL's PopEater.[16] The song peaked at number eighteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number ten on Pop Songs, twenty-one on Christian Songs, and other Billboard charts. It also charted internationally in Canada and New Zealand.
  • "The Truth", featuring Patrick Monahan, the lead singer of the Grammy award-winning rock band Train, was released as the CD's second single in May.
  • On October 6, 2010, Allen revealed on his Twitter account that the third single of the album will be "Alright with Me".[17] He posted an unofficial music video for the song on his website on November 18, 2010 to thank his fans for their support.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Live Like We're Dying" Steve Kipner, Andrew Frampton, Danny O’Donoghue, Mark Sheehan Frampton, Kipner 3:29
2. "Before We Come Undone" Kris Allen, Lindy Robbins, Greg Kurstin Kurstin 3:31
3. "Can't Stay Away" Allen, Robbins, Mike Elizondo Elizondo 3:19
4. "The Truth" Pat Monahan, Toby Gad Gad 4:40
5. "Written All Over My Face" Kipner, Frampton, O'Donoghue, Sheehan Frampton, Kipner 3:34
6. "Bring It Back" Allen, Francis White Eg White 3:42
7. "Red Guitar" Allen Mike Flynn, Warren Huart 4:27
8. "Is It Over" Allen, Elizondo, Cale Mills Elizondo 3:34
9. "Let It Rain" Allen, Tobias Karlsson Karlsson 3:29
10. "Alright with Me" Allen, Joe King Flynn, King 3:07
11. "Lifetime" Allen, Elizondo, Jon Foreman Elizondo 3:38
12. "I Need to Know" Allen, Robbins, Gad Gad 3:34

Credits and personnel[edit]


Performance credits
  • All vocals – Kris Allen
  • Background vocals – Billy Sollox, Eg White
  • Bass – Mike Elizondo, Sean Hurley, Tobias Karlsson, Greg Kurstin, Danny O'Donoghue, Salaam Remi
  • Cello – Victor Lawrence, Mats Lindberg
  • Drums – Randy Cooke, Robin Diaz, Victor Indrizzo, Bill Lefler, Glen Power, Salaam Remi, Aaron Sterling
  • Guitars — Paul Broucek, Mike Elizondo, Jon Foreman, Andrew Frampton, Paul Inder, Tobias Karlsson, Bill Lefler, David Levita, Danny O'Donoghue, Tim Pierce, Joel Shearer, Mark Sheehan, Michael Ward, Eg White, Jordan Wright
  • Keyboards – Johan Carlsson, Mike Elizondo, Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Greg Kurstin, Zac Rae, Salaam Remi
  • Percussion – Victor Indrizzo
  • Piano – Zac Rae
  • Saxophone – David Ralicke
  • Synthesizers – Zac Rae
  • Trombone – David Ralicke
  • Trumpet – Christopher Bautista
  • Viola – Irene Bylund
  • Violin – Mattais Bylund, Jim Sitterly
  • A&R – Jeff Fenster
  • Arrangement – Toby Gad
    • Horn arrangement – David Ralicke
    • String arrangement – Mattais Bylund
  • Editing – Mattais Bylund
  • Art directors – Maria P. Marulanda, Jackie Murphy
  • Creative director – Keki Mingus
  • Engineer – Christian Baker, Dan Frampton, Craig "The Regulator" Frank, Toby Gad, Warren Huart, Greg Kursitn, Ted Paduck, Franklin Emmanuel Socorro
    • Assistant engineer – Phil Allen, Brent Arrowood, Robin Holden, Graham Hope
    • String engineer – Mattais Bylynd
    • Vocal engineer – Eric Weaver
  • Instrumentation – Toby Gad, Eg White
  • Mastering – Tom Coyne
  • Mixers – Serban Ghenea, Manny Marroquin, Spike Stent
    • Mixing assistant – Christian Plata, Tim Roberts
  • Producers – Mike Elizondo, Mike Flynn, Andrew Frampton, Toby Gad, Warren Huart, Tobias Karlsson, Joe King, Steve Kipner, Greg Kurstin, Eg White
  • Production coordinator – Chiara Krammer
  • Programming – Mike Elizondo, Andrew Frampton, Toby Gad, Greg Kurstin, Danny O'Donoghue, Mark Sheehan
  • Photographer – Eric Ogden
  • Project coordinator – Jolie Levine

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard 200 at No. 11 with 80,000 sold for the week.[20]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart 50
U.S. Billboard 200 11

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard 200 115[21]

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, editions and reference
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s) Ref.
United Kingdom November 16, 2009 (2009-11-16) Standard [22]
Canada November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
United States
  • Standard
  • Walmart bonus track
New Zealand November 23, 2009 (2009-11-23)
  • Zomba
  • Sony Music Entertainment


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  2. ^ "Review: Kris Allen". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Kris Allen". 
  4. ^ "Salt Lake Tribune review". 
  5. ^ Keefe, Jonathan. "Kris Allen: Kris Allen". Slant Magazine. Slant Magazine. Archived from the original on November 25, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Review: Kris Allen - Kris Allen - Sputnikmusic". 
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  8. ^ "Preview Alert: Reality Rocks Kris Allen Listening Session". 
  9. ^ "Kris Allen: We exclusively reveal the track listing for his self-titled debut!". 
  10. ^ "American Idol: Season 8, Various Artists: Pop". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  11. ^ "Kris Allen - Miami Tailgate Party - VIDEO". 
  12. ^ "Kris Allen's Self-Titled Album Now Streaming on AOL". mjsbigblog. 
  13. ^ "Kris Allen: Kris Allen: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  14. ^ "Kris Allen by Kris Allen". 
  15. ^ ""Live Like We're Dying" Out Now". 
  16. ^ "Kris Allen 'Live Like We're Dying' Video Premiere". PopEater. 
  17. ^ "Twitter / Kris Allen: The next single will be "A". 2010-10-06. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  18. ^ "Kris Allen - "Alright With Me" (For The Fans) [VIDEO] | The Official Kris Allen Site". Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  19. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Kris Allen at AllMusic. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  20. ^ Brian Mansfield (2009-11-25). "Album sales: Kris Allen fails to make Top 10". Idol Chatter. USA Today. 
  21. ^ "Best of 2010 - Billboard Top 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  22. ^ "Kris Allen CD". Retrieved December 9, 2015. 

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