Kris Allen’s aptly titled fourth album is full of personal lyrics—the
title track details the agony of new love—and deft touches that
highlight his growth as a pop songwriter. “Faster Shoes” is
piano-propelled and acerbic in a way that recalls Billy Joel, while
Allen shows off his voice’s huskier side on the politically tinged “If
We Keep Doing Nothing.” The upbeat hookiness of “Move” and “Time Will
Come,” meanwhile, puts the easygoing charm that helped him win the
eighth season of American Idol on display.
The new album Letting You In is out now.