Bo Bice, American Idol
darling and Alabama babe magnet, had to have known he was taking a risk in naming his debut full-length The Real Thing
. Up until now, those who weren't fans of the show and were introduced to Bice's heart-on-his-sleeve brand of southern rock through either his fall 2005 guest spot on Carlos Santana's All That I Am
or his chart-topping turn on the single "Inside Your Heaven," also from 2005, may have been tempted to write him off as reality-show riffraff. The Real Thing
--thanks in no small part to producer Clive Davis as well as Bice-boosters Richie Sambora, Jon Bon Jovi, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), and Ben Moody (Evanescence)--redeems the hirsute, hard-charging rocker. Bice steps lively through a cavalcade of soaring guitars and top-drawer hooks, and he doesn't skimp on the belting--hear it on the full-flame lament "Nothing Without You" and also "Remember Me," an insistent rant sunk chest-deep in sincerity. If Bice sounds less earthy here than he did on the show--onstage he recalled the singer from the '60s band the Grass Roots to eerie effect at times--few will be disappointed. This is modern music with a Southern-man twist made irresistible by a bare-it-all guy who means it. The real thing, in other words. -Tammy La Gorce
The Real Thing is the smashing debut from American Idol Finalist Bo Bice! His new record features 11 tracks including the songs 'The Real Thing', 'U Make Me Better', 'You're Everything' and more! This is the record America has been waiting for...it's the record you've been waiting for! The DVD Side of the DualDisc edition features a 22 Minute 'A Day In The Life' video which includes acoustic performances of: 'Changing for the Better', 'Whiskey, Women, and Time', 'Sinner in a Sin', and 'Papillon' plus an exclusive look behind the scenes of Bo in the studio, at promo appearances, photos shoots, and meeting his fans RCA. 2005.