Kick-starting your music career off in an Idol show doesn’t always guarantee longevity in a career in music, as a musician. In fact, a lot of times, these “Idol” careers burn out at the same rate as their popularity rise. In turn, some would claim Blake Lewis as someone who ran on his similarities to Justin Timberlake on his rise to fame on American Idol, with his beat boxing abilities, similar vocal style and Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves. However, this record sets out to prove that Lewis has other tricks up his sleeve, and won’t give up the stage for someone else just yet.
There is an upbeat, positive vibe that surrounds Audio Daydream, pumping out danceable party songs, as well as very laid-back, relaxed songs. Tracks such as “Know My Name” and “What’cha Got 2 Lose?” bear some similarity to Justin Timberlake tracks vocally, though the latter would probably be the closest track comparable to a Justin Timberlake song in this album. “Without You” shares the “heart-felt, up-tempo ballad” role with “I Got U”, whereas “Break Anotha’” and “Bshorty Grabs Mic!” are their hyperactive opposites, showcasing Lewis’ beat boxing skills. As the album nears its end, both the songs “End Of The World” and “1000 Miles” prove the best chosen denouement to the climax of this roller-coaster ride of synthesizers, beat boxing, and borrowed vocals.
The beat boxing, however impressive it may be, comes off as unnecessary at times within the album. Only a few songs really stand out, as a lot of them sound very similar from one another, not offering a lot of variety in the album. Nothing really extraordinary musically or lyrically takes place, but overall, “Audio Daydream” is a good album to listen to when you want to have a good time. Certainly a good album to listen to when you want to hang out with your friends on a Friday night.