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James Durbin's 'Celebrate' review: 'American Idol' alum's eclectic pop
Originally published: April 4, 2014 3:48 PM
Updated: April 7, 2014 3:36 PM
By GLENN GAMBOA glenn.gamboa@newsday.com

James Durbin made a name on "American Idol" as a hard rocker with a big voice, but on his sophomore album, "Celebrate" (Wind-Up), he tries out all sorts of musical styles. His current single, "Parachute," is a straight-up pop-rock winner, following in the footsteps of Daughtry, as he sings the catchy hook "Jump! Jump! Jump! Without my parachute" to approximate falling in love. The ballad "Issues" could have come from the latest One Direction album, a more metallic-tinged "Story of My Life." That doesn't mean Durbin has given up rocking out, though, as the rumbling "Louder Than a Loaded Gun" shows.

JAMES DURBIN
"Celebrate"
THE GRADE B
BOTTOM LINE Embracing his eclectic pop tastes.