Thank You Camellia

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Thank You Camellia
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Studio album by Kris Allen
Released May 22, 2012 (2012-05-22)
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rock
Label
Producer
Kris Allen chronology
Kris Allen
(2009)
Thank You Camellia
(2012)
Waiting for Christmas
(2012)
Singles from Thank You Camellia
  1. "The Vision of Love"
    Released: March 26, 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly B+[1]
People 3/4 stars[2]
allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Thank You Camellia is the third studio album and second major-label album by American singer-songwriter Kris Allen. It was released on May 22, 2012.[4]

Background[edit]

Allen confirmed on April 4, 2012, via a WhoSay Twitter-based fan interview (and reiterated in following interviews) that the album's title is a reference to the home that he shared with friends from his home state of Arkansas while living in Los Angeles, where he recorded the majority of the songs featured on his sophomore release.[5]

Reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's Grady Smith gave the album a positive (B+) review. Ceding that the songs may come off "downright Amish" compared to contemporaries on the pop charts, Smith noted that "Allen delivers his lyrics with an earnest confidence (and occasional swagger) that keeps his songs from becoming treacly," concluding that the album was "a cohesive, warmhearted charmer."[1] USA Today's Brian Mansfield also described it as "warmhearted" with "charming flourishes."[6] People gave the album 3 out of 4 stars, calling it a "smoothly and surely executed . . . winner."[2] Yahoo Music's Lyndsey Parker observed that "[Allen's] songwriting skills have clearly grown more sophisticated," praising the range of the material from "jaunty, summer-convertible-cruising anthems" to darker tracks such as "the propulsive and sinister alt-rocker 'Monster'" and noting that "the lyrics are plain-spoken, refreshingly unflowery, and . . . cut right to the heart of the matter."[7]

Singles[edit]

The only single from the album is "The Vision of Love", which was released digitally on March 26, 2012. [8]

Live performances[edit]

Allen performed new material from his forthcoming album for the first time at a sold out show at The Mint in Los Angeles on February 9, 2012.[9]

Allen performed "The Vision of Love" and other new material from his forthcoming album at the Live in the Vineyard festival on April 13 at the Uptown Theater, in Napa, California. The show also featured Jason Mraz, Mayer Hawthorne, Mat Kearney, and more.[4]

He also performed at Mix 94.1's Pet-a-Palooza in Las Vegas on April 21, 2012. On May 19,2012, Allen performed songs from the record on 96.9 WINK FM's Spring Fling. He also covered "She Works Hard for the Money", paying respect to the late Donna Summer.

Track list[edit]

The track list was revealed on April 10, 2012.[10]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Better With You" Kris Allen, Jason Reeves, Rune Westberg Tim Pagnotta 3:14
2. "The Vision of Love" Allen, Adam Messinger, Nasri Atweh The Messengers 3:34
3. "My Weakness" Allen, Isaac Hasson, John Clark Jr., J Bonilla Bonilla 2:43
4. "Out Alive" Allen, Isaac Slade, Pagnotta Pagnotta 3:42
5. "Monster" Allen, Cale Mills Curt Schneider 3:35
6. "Blindfolded" Allen, Lindy Robbins, Toby Gad Bonilla 3:09
7. "Teach Me How Love Goes" Allen, Mills Pagnotta 3:26
8. "Rooftops" Allen, Kevin Kadish, Per Kristian "Boots" Ottestad Kadish, Ottestad 3:02
9. "Leave You Alone" Allen, Mills, Schneider Schneider 4:22
10. "Loves Me Not" (featuring Meiko) Allen, Nolan Sipe, Ryan Petersen Schneider 3:33
11. "You Got a Way" Allen, Mills Schneider 3:30

Release formats[edit]

  • CD, Vinyl - containing the 11-track album.
  • Deluxe Digital version - 14-track edition containing the album plus three bonus tracks.
  • CD Fan version - 19-track edition containing the album plus three bonus tracks and five acoustic recordings.

Credits and personnel[edit]

Performance credits
  • All vocals – Kris Allen
  • Background vocals – Kevin Kadish, Boots Ottestad
  • Featured artist – Meiko
Instruments
Production
  • A&R – Rob Inadomi, Myles Lewis, Keith Naftaly, Iain Pirie
  • Assistant – Ryan Lipman
  • Art directors – Maria P. Marulanda
  • Design – Maria P. Marulanda
  • Creative director – Erwin Gorostiza
  • Engineer – J. Bonilla, Jorge Costa, Carlos de la Garza, Ryan Gillmor, Kevin Kadish, Gavin MacKillop, Tim Pagnotta, Daniele Rivera, Curt Schnedier
    • Assistant engineer – Daniele Rivera
  • Instrumentation – Adam Messinger
  • Groomer – Su Han
  • Management – Josh Klemme
  • Mastering – Chris Gehringer
  • MixersPhil Tan, Jon Zook
  • Producers – J. Bonilla, Kevin Kadish, Maison & Dragen, Adam Messinger, Nasri, Boots Ottestad, Tim Pagnotta, Curt Schnedier
    • Vocal producer – JP Clark
  • Programming – Brandon Belsky
    • Drum programming – Kevin Kadish
  • Photographer – Leann Mueller
  • Sound design – Kevin Kadish
  • Studio assistant – Jared Woodard
  • Stylist – Scott Free

Release dates[edit]

Country Date Label Formats
Ireland May 18, 2012 RCA Records
United Kingdom May 21, 2012
United States
Worldwide Sony Music Entertainment May 22, 2012

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Grady Smith (2012-05-16). "Music Review: Thank You Camellia (2012), Kris Allen". Retrieved 2012-05-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Kris Allen: Thank You Camellia". People. June 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Review: Thank You Camellia, Kris Allen". Retrieved 2012-05-25. 
  4. ^ a b "American Idol Season 8 Winner Kris Allen to Release Brand New Album Thank You Camellia May 22nd on 19 Recordings/RCA Records". RCA Music. 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-29. 
  5. ^ "Kris Allen answers questions via Twitter". WhoSay. 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  6. ^ Brian Mansfield (2012-05-18). "Kris Allen looks beyond himself on 'Thank You Camellia'". Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  7. ^ Lyndsey Parker (2012-05-19). "Giving Thanks For Kris Allen's 'Thank You Camellia'". Retrieved 2012-05-19. 
  8. ^ "Get "The Vision of Love" on iTunes!". RCA News. 
  9. ^ Lyndsey Parker (2012-02-10). "Kris Allen Debuts Mint-y Fresh New Songs at Rare L.A. Show". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  10. ^ MJ Santilli (2012-04-09). "Kris Allen Reveals "Thank You Camellia" Track List". Retrieved 2012-05-07.