Candice Glover⎟ “I Am Beautiful”⎟ from upcoming album Music Speaks⎟ 19 (Interscope)
Candice Glover is doing something no American Idol winner has done previously – releasing her debut album in July (Music Speaks). My guess would be that producers want to push the product while Glover is still hot OR ‘hot as she can be’ given unexceptional viewership. While Music Speaks is not the hottest album title I’ve ever been privy to, it is wise, if conservative. Similarly, its chanteuse was a conservative presence on American Idol, despite having an electrifying, compelling voice. Few would deny on a mediocre season of American Idol Candice shined through, giving a reason to watch and more importantly to vote. It was her single “I Am Beautiful”, alongside closing performance “I Who Have Nothing” that ensured Glover would walk away with the title.
“I Am Beautiful” is one of the more alluring American Idol singles of recent times. No, it may not match Fantasia’s rousing, heart wrenching “I Believe” or Kelly Clarkson’s memorable coronation “A Moment Like This”, but it definitely suits Candice as an adult contemporary R&B/pop singer. Throughout, Candice commands through poise, never over-singing and giving just the right amount vocally. The songwriting is capable, particularly on the inspired refrain:
“And he says I am beautiful / and when I fall / it don’t matter that I’m not perfect / I am beautiful / I’m not alone / and in his eyes I’m so worth it / I’m worth every tear / and every scar / and even when you say I’m not / he say’s I’m beautiful / you say I’ll never be good enough”
If the question poised is will this save the American Idol franchise or R&B, the answer is a resounding ‘No’. That is meant as no disrespect to the very talented Glover, but it would practically take ‘the second coming’ to accomplish that feat. It is tight at under 3:00, which is a blessing, but does make one want a couple more seconds of the ‘beauty’. While a choir could’ve added even more emotion, Candice does the job capably herself.