Review: Crystal Bowersox, ‘Farmer’s Daughter’

Review: Crystal Bowersox, ‘Farmer’s Daughter’: Aidin Vaziri | Having suffered a second-place finish at the hands of yet another unremarkable spiky-haired moaner on the ninth season of “American Idol,” Crystal Bowersox makes an unexpected comeback with her first proper album, “Farmer’s Daughter.” Unexpected because, well, as the title indicates, it’s an album of glossy new-country tunes and not the throat-shredding blues stuff she showed such a mastery of on the show. When the Ohio native opens the 12-track set with “Ridin’ on the Radio,” a tune so cliche-ridden it sounds like the product of that country singer who fell in love with Homer Simpson, it’s hard to believe this is the same person who so effectively nailed “Me and Bobby McGee.” She follows it up with the least necessary cover ever of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” where her voice is drowned out by the sound of drum machines mingling with pedal steel guitars. A track called “Lonely Won’t Come Around” is most notable for its infernal whistling and weak lyrics such as, “I don’t know how but I lost my cool/ Like a kid jacked up on sugar in nursery school.” “Hold On,” meanwhile, was co-written by Kara Dioguardi and Nickelback’s Chad Kroger – and sounds like it. Things pick up briefly with “Holy Toledo,” the autobiographical track she premiered on “Idol” and refined on the summer tour, but at that point the listener will be jumping up and down wondering how Simon Cowell let this honky-donk hackery happen.


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