June 23, 2005

"The moist, slightly dazed quality of a newly hatched baby chick."

John Stevens -- that Sinatra-y boy who got way in out of his depth in the third season of "American Idol" -- is singing in a nightclub in New York City. Here's the New York Times review:
Amid a sea of melismatic showoffs and crass belters, he stood out as an old-fashioned crooner in the thrall of a faraway vision. Still not fully emerged from his shell, this baby chick poked its head into the spotlight, oblivious to the smirks and raised eyebrows of the judges, to make a stand for a kinder, gentler pop of fluttery hearts and flowers and courtly gestures.

At Feinstein's at the Regency, where he is appearing with a small, well-rehearsed swing band, Mr. Stevens, whose first album (for Maverick Records) will be released next week, acquitted himself on Tuesday as a poised but diffident teenager whose musical personality is still mostly a blank slate. ...

Mr. Stevens's musical instincts seem mercifully uncontaminated by the ego-driven values of "American Idol." He has a pleasant, mild delivery and sings on pitch; his swinging instincts are palpable, if still tentative.

Aw.

3 comments:

Dave said...

He's skinny and has red hair: thus my wife and I took to calling him "pencilhead."

Kathleen B. said...

since you spent all that time watching him Prof. Althouse, do you see him as sort of a baby chick? I can't remember if you liked him or not at the time.

vnjagvet said...

Pleasant,mild delivery.

Sings on pitch.

Palpable swinging instincts.

Not inconsiderable qualities for a teenager if you ask me.

Few of today's singers can claim such qualities.