Even as an American Idol junkie, I found the sixth season completely underwhelming. Phil Stacey making it as far as he did was more of a reflection of the field’s weakness than anything distinctive or special on his part. Here, he’s matched with material as faceless as his delivery was on Idol, but to his credit, he puts more energy and feeling into his first shot in the studio than he ever did during his stint on the televised competition. It’s just not enough to overcome such a hopelessly generic song.
Written by Gary LeVox, Wendell Mobley & Jason Sellers
Listen: If You Didn’t Love Me