Review: X Factor Finalist Chris Rene - I'm Right Here EP
Posted on Thursday, October
11, 2012, by HippyGirlHeather
October 2, 2012 will go down in history as the day the collective
squeal of Renelians over the release of the long anticipated Chris
Rene EP I'm Right Here annoyed neighbors, friends and spouses worldwide.
Chris Rene was the third place finisher on last season's X Factor
and America collectively and immediately fell in love with his strength,
courage and faith having only just completed a rehab program before
trying out for the Simon Cowell vehicle that launched his career and
changed his life in one fell swoop.
The CD starts off with “Chains” which is super beat driven,
almost remix-fast and definitely catchy. It takes a couple listens
to hone in on the positive message in the lyrics: “Live our
lives right where we are instead of where we want to be” and
“This ain't no fairy tale, I made life-long friends in jail
I, love them 'til the day I die” followed by “you remind
me a little of me.” It's just a good, positive song from someone
who's been in the trenches and lived to tell about it. While the music
is your standard fare with nothing earth shattering, the lyrics are
where it's at with this song and subsequently the majority of the
tunes on this EP.
Next we get what quickly became my favorite track on the EP, “Rockin'
With You” which details the evolution of a player to a one-man
woman. “I did my dirt...but who ain't got a past” is followed
by “To make a long story short, I'm only rockin' witchu”
and comes clean about girls in his past and how his future looks brighter
with just one girl. It's super catchy and fun. Third up is a song
that has grown on me but it's still kind of a throwaway although the
idea and concept of “Back From The Dead” is solid, it
falls short. But, Chris' voice sounds agonized and strong, a powerful
and convincing vocal performance by a guy who was called out for a
weak voice continuously on The X Factor.
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Receiving perfect placement in the middle is “Trouble”
which was the second single released off this CD and I reviewed the
video and single last month and had a lot of fun with. It's a great
shift and called for after the last heavy song. “Gonna Be OK”
starts off with a nice eerie, echo-y sound recalling darker days and
telling the listener that no matter how backed up against the wall
you feel, it's gonna be OK. He goes on to recall his punk rock days
of listening to Adolescents and using his mind as a weapon- basically
saying just keep pushing forward, there's always something worth staying
“Love Me Like You” is by far the sexiest song offered
and has a heavy, sultry beat that's a little reminiscent of “Same
Blood” off Chris' indie effort Soul'd Out in sound, not content.
Lyrics like “You got that ass you got that swag, You got that
shit I need so bad” and “I miss the way you ride me, We
used to do it nightly” tell the story of a love that slipped
away but, he'd very much like to have her back for her...big heart.
Capping us off we get “Young Homie” which at this point
is an old friend and a welcomed ending to a consistent if maybe fluffy
major label debut effort from everyone's favorite underdog, Chris
While this isn't a CD that would have likely made it into my collection
(if I hadn't been forwarded the promo copy) I understand why you'd
want it in yours. I have an email interview I'm waiting to get answered
by Chris and as soon as he does, I'll be posting it here, be sure
to check back.