I've been a casual idol watcher since season 2, but have only purchased 2 idol CD's, first David Cook's, and now Kris Allen's. Like David Cook on his own CD, Kris was a writer/co-writer on 9 of the songs here. You feel his emotional connection with the music, and can't help but connect with it yourself, as a result. One wonderful surprise is that the usual degree of overproduction associated with Idol is absent from this CD. The songs include some up tempo pop, along with some emotional ballads, and his now famous cover of Kanye West's Heartless is a bonus track.
I highly recommend this CD. It's lots of fun, and there's not really not a single "filler" type song on the CD. I think you'll be surprised, in a good way, that this is from an American Idol winner.