Why Wait

Why Wait

by Kristy Lee CookKristy Lee Cook


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Somehow it seems fitting that the first AmIdol out of the gates in 2008 is Kristy Lee Cook, the savvy, purported country singer who sold her horse to get on TV, and then once she was there proceeded to sell out any way she could to stay on the show. Cook quickly sussed out that in order to stick around she needed to exude a blend of faith, family, and country -- meaning both patriotism and the music -- and sold herself with a tenacity that brought a smile to Simon Cowell's face. Kristy Lee may not have gone the distance on Idol but she presented a full, easy-to-package identity to rival David Cook, and her debut Why Wait follows through on every promise she made on the show, right down to a horse popping up again on the front cover. Like Carrie Underwood and Kellie Pickler before her, Kristy Lee heads straight into modern country, landing somewhere between her two Idol predecessors, as she sings a crossover country-pop similar to Carrie with just a bit of down-home spunk from Kellie. She's not half the diva of Underwood or the cornball of Pickler, coming across more like the girl next door made good, and that's pretty endearing on record, especially as she has songs as clever as "15 Minutes of Shame," and as quietly insistent as the AAA-pop of "Hoping to Find" and "Not Tonight," which feel a bit like Faith Hill at her crossover peak. She also has plenty of songs that pander as boldly as she did on Idol when she sang "God Bless the USA," including a new version of that cheesy chestnut. Defying all expectations, that's not the most shameless thing here, as it's topped by the maternal love letter "Like My Mother Does," a salute so syrupy it borders on camp. But if this and the Lee Greenwood cover, along with a couple other things here, are what it takes to shore up Kristy Lee Cook's bona fides as a country singer, so be it: when Why Wait clicks -- which it does about half the time -- it's really solid, endearing country-pop.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/16/2008
Label: Arista
UPC: 0886973339329
catalogNumber: 733393
Rank: 159136

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kristy Lee Cook   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Mike Brignardello   Bass
Randy Cantor   Guitar,Mandolin,Piano,Strings,Mellotron
J.T. Corenflos   Electric Guitar
Larry Franklin   Fiddle,Mandolin
Charles Judge   Keyboards
Lonnie Wilson   Drums
Brett James   Background Vocals
Michael Rojas   Keyboards
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Kelly Archer   Background Vocals
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Lee Greenwood   Composer
Randy Cantor   Arranger,Orchestration,String Arrangements
Bryant Simpson   Composer
Brett James   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Annie Roboff   Composer
Tracy Baskette-Fleaner   Art Direction
Robin Lerner   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Kelley Lovelace   Composer
Luke Wooten   Engineer
Jamie O'Neal   Composer
Coley McCabe   Composer
Clayton Mills   Composer
Astrid Herbold May   Art Direction,Cover Design
Rachel Proctor   Composer
Carrie Underwood   Composer
Jon Henderson   Composer
Judy Forde Blair   Liner Notes,Creative Producer
Ashley Gorley   Composer
Nathan Chapman   Composer
Victoria Banks   Composer
Justin Weaver   Composer,Engineer
Liz Rose   Composer
Heather Morgan   Composer
Kelly Archer   Composer
Nicole Williams   Composer
Leah Crutchfield   Composer
Casey Koesel   Composer

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