The Real Thing

The Real Thing

by Bo Bice


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Early on in the fourth season of American Idol the powers that be dubbed the season the battle of the rockers, because for the first time ever, AmIdol had not one but two rock vocalists as prime contenders. First, there was Constantine Maroulis, a music-theater veteran singing overheated, outdated grunge who dominated the audition rounds, becoming an early favorite. His rival didn't appear until the tail end of the auditions. His name was Bo Bice, a bearded longhair who seemed as if he stepped out of central casting for a Southern rocker. Bo catapulted to front-runner status as soon as he belted out a gritty, soulful version of "Whipping Post" in one of the first shows of the season. It was easily the hardest-rocking thing ever heard on American Idol and as the weeks went by, Bo proved that he was versatile, singing ballads as effectively as the rockers -- a feat that proved to be a bit of a stumbling block for Constantine, who truly shined only when he acknowledged his bent for theatricality, as on a startlingly good version of "Bohemian Rhapsody." Soon, that lack of versatility becameMaroulis' Achilles' heel and the battle of the rockers petered out into a competition between Bo and Carrie Underwood, a sweet girl-next-door country singer who eventually won the tightest AmIdol contest since Ruben Studdard squeaked out a victory over Clay Aiken on the second season. On Bo's album debut, The Real Thing, 19 Entertainment, exec producer Clive Davis, and the whole American Idol album crew place the singer into an alt-rock setting somewhere between Nickelback and Bon Jovi. Bo sounds like other mainstream male rock singers in 2005 -- his songs have verses that surge into anthemic choruses where heavy guitars kick in, inching the volume up to a point where it becomes a glossy wall of digital sound. The music is tightly wound and meticulously clean. While this doesn't necessarily play to Bo's strengths, there are some good, professional tunes co-written by either Jon Bon Jovi or his longtime partner Richie Sambora. Elsewhere, 19 paired him with Ben Moody from Evanescence, Ashlee Simpson's collaborator Kara DioGuardi, and Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, for a set of mildly active rock.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/13/2005
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828767119625
catalogNumber: 71196

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bo Bice   Primary Artist,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Soloist
Richie Sambora   Guitar,Background Vocals,Soloist
Marti Frederiksen   Background Vocals,Multi Instruments,Various
Clif Magness   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano
Maxine Willard Waters   Background Vocals
Waters   Background Vocals
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Joey Waronker   Drums
Julia Waters   Background Vocals
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Max Martin   Multi Instruments,Various
Mitch Allan   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Chad Kroeger   Guitar
Steven Wolf   Drums
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Daniel Adair   Drums
David Spidel   Bass
John Allen   Percussion,Drums
Ryan Brown   Drums
Lukasz Gottwald   Multi Instruments,Various

Technical Credits

Jon Bon Jovi   Composer
Richie Sambora   Composer
Jess Cates   Composer
Clive Davis   Producer
Marti Frederiksen   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Clif Magness   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Dennis Matkosky   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Mikal Reid   Drum Engineering
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Max Martin   Producer,Audio Production
Mitch Allan   Composer,Producer
Chad Kroeger   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Lindy Robbins   Composer
Josh Wilbur   Engineer
Joe Moi   Audio Production
Gayle Boulware   Management
Dan Certa   Engineer
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Brian Paturalski   Engineer
Jorge Vivo   Pro-Tools
Todd Tidwell   Engineer
Lasse Mårtén   Engineer
Ben Moody   Producer
Bo Bice   Composer
Aaron Kasdorf   Engineer,Drum Engineering
Simon Renshaw   Management
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer,Producer,Audio Production

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The Real Thing 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome, I was definitely not disappointed by Bo's first CD. Valley of Angels is so beautiful, and perfect for Christmas time!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is great! Bo is a true rocker and his collaboration with Clive Davis, a winner. I only wish there were one or two songs that he had performed on American Idol. Now that this is out, I can't wait for Constantine's album to come out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I guess I loved the crashing all out style of real rockin Bo. This album is good and shows off his vocal ability but it's a liitle too polished for my taste. There are some songs that have soul , but I want a whole album like that!!! I wanted a pic of Bo on the cover with hair aflyin', grabbin that mic and givin his all. Maybe the next one?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Completely and totally addicting. There is not a "filler" tune in the collection. And Bo sounds great. Especially strong tracks: The Real Thing, You're Everything, Remember Me, and the absolutely gorgeous Valley of Angels (co-written by Bo). It is actually very hard to pick out the best tunes, the collection is that strong and cohesive. For Bo fans expecting a Southern rock CD: you will like this anyway but be sure to get the Dual Disc because it has incredible bonus tracks written by Bo that fall more within the Southern rock he does so perfectly: Cinnamon & Novacaine, Sinner and a Sin, and Whiskey Women & Time. I've heard these songs live in concert, and they are SMOKIN'. Anyone who can see Bo in concert, DO IT, this guy is a force of nature on stage. This CD is a total winner.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are over 42 credits on Bo Bice's debut album but he did it himself. It was tempting to think that American Idol was housing a genuine southern rock rebel or at least a southern pop Eagles son, but anybody who truly believed that underestimated how much Simon Cowell knows his own show. Bice is a pop artist, as pop as Fantasia, as pop as 80's Elton, and no amount of cowboy hats and boot fit jeans is going to change that. Predictably, this is adult pop with a so called rugged sheen similar to the effect Mariah Carey was trying for when they grated tape hiss onto one of her records. It's not that it's a disappointment that's surprising. It's how anybody could have expected more that's the real shocker.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been lucky enough to be able to hear previews of most of the tracks on this CD. It is extremely appealing and listenable. Bo fans will be very pleased and he'll make a ton of new fans with this. The Real Thing, Remember Me, You're Everything... the kinds of tracks that record themselves in your head. Addicting. PLUS, the bonus DVD side is pure vintage Bo, with material he has written. The song Whiskey, Women and Time is a Southern rock smoker with serious crossover potential. This is perhaps my favorite on the entire CD. Cinnamon Novocaine is very, very catchy. Sinner and a Sin is soul-baring, introspective. For any of you who have not seen Bo perform in a live show, you are in for a treat. He lays it out there and he is absolutely The Real Thing, and every rocker he's worked with (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trey Anastasio, Scott Ian, Ben Moody, etc.) has backed that up publicly. Forget American Idol. Bo is so far beyond that. He is authentic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Bo on AI, but this albumn doesn't do him justice. There is so much backround music, it distorts HIS sound. Hope in his next albumn we hear the true Bo we all fell in love with!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Bo Bice, he's been a breath of fresh air. I love his personality, his voice, his funky/southern/soulful/rock sound. I was a bit dissapointed in the new album as it seems he was pushed too far into mainstream pop....BUT it's still great and like Kim from GA grows on you. My 5yo daughter loves it. Bo you are an awesome new talent that I'm sure will go right to the top..I hope your next album features some of that soulful passion you displayed on AI. Stay true to yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It seems as though the writers of this album were in a rut, using the same background for many of the songs. There's a couple good ones to start and a couple good at the end, but the middle of the CD is kind of a snooze. Bo only actually got to write one of the songs that's on the album and that was Clive's biggest mistake. Bo's song "Valley of Angels" really shows his talent, and reminds me of the Bo that I grew to love on American Idol. I am looking forward to a second albumn in which Bo gets to write all the songs.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bo Bice is truly a remarkable and talented artist. His performances are a breath of fresh air! This CD was well worth the wait!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome CD, Real, True and Pure, just like the Bo we grew to love on Idol. Standing Ovation!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bo has a winner on his hands here. All the tracks are great..I especially love Valley Of Angels and You're everything 2 different styles but Pure BO..Valley of Angels was written by Bo collaborating with Cliff Magness and Kara..This song is a beautiful touching song that shows his songwriting ability off so well. "You're Everything" was written especially for Bo by Chad Kroeger of Nickelback and he rocks this song...the lyrics are catchy and have you singing along. BO doing this live is a pure treat. The rest of the tracks show his voice in a more pop way but if you loved him singing "Don't let the sun go down" on Idol you'll love these.. I personally love hearing Bo try different styles it shows what a multi-faceted performer he really is.. Bo fans will not be disappointed with it..I loved it... Bo, your fans love you Keep on Rockin...Much Love.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is everything I expected it to be! Bo really sounds wonderful. The songs are very good, too. Definitely worth buying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot wait for this cd to come out. It's definitely going to be the first item on my Christmas list. This is guaranteed to be awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd isn't terrible, but it could be better. It's too much pop and not enough rock. The reason most people voted for Bo was because he was different and not pop. This cd is pop/rock with a leaning toward slow pop. Vocally he's not bad at all, though over-produced. I hope his next one is better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good mix of songs, esp. like The Real Thing and Valley of Angels, showcases his voice and his feelings without being sappy, wish there were more songs on the CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not sure what to expect with this cd since it would not have been easy to get radio to play Bo's originals (or a song like "Spinning Wheel") in the current music business today. I've listened to the cd about 10 times now and I'm now hooked on every song. It's not about the pop rockiness of the music, it's about enjoying Bo's voice. If you love Bo's voice and his charm and his warm heart and and his passion for music and all the things that matter in life, get this cd. Put on your headphones and relax and let his voice take you away. My favorite song so far is the sexy "You're Everything". Also good is his own soulful song "Valley of the Angels" and the uplifting hopeful "Hold on to Me." Anyone who things this cd is too pop rock for them will still enjoy at least a couple of these songs. Come on, it's BO! Bo is lovable. Get his cd. Show Bo how much you believe in him.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with his style when he did a cover of The Whipping Post on American Idol. The CD is rock music and the band is great. The best part is the voice. Bo has an awesome voice (as witnessed in his a capella performance on previously mentioned show). I have been waiting for this CD to be released and I have to say - I am not disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is going to be an AWSOME album! I'm a big Bo Bice fan, and i can't wait for it to come out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Jury is in on this one and it's not good news. Over-produced, lackluster songs, weak lyrics, the first ten songs almost all sound the same and sounds nothing like the Bo Bice we heard on American Idol. It's power pop and bad imitations of Kelly Clarkson, Bon Jovi, and the kitchen pop sink thrown in. Only on the last song do we get a glimpse of the Bice we knew and it's a good song. But not enough to recommend. Give this one a pass. If you must buy it, don't say you weren't warned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I listened to Bo's CD I must admit I was slightly disappointed. There were a few songs that I instantly loved, a couple that I really didn't care for and the rest I thought were OK. I think, like most people, that it just wasn't what I was expecting. The more I listened to it the more I came to like it, now I LOVE IT, even the couple of songs that I originally didn't care for, I like. If you have only listened to it once or twice, give it a few more spins before you judge it. You will begin to notice more and more of the growls, the wailing and the moans of the REAL Bo and he hits the really high notes to perfection. If you haven't bought his CD yet, (first of all, shame on you) you should buy the dual disc. The three bonus songs are excellent and they were written by Bo. He is an excellent songwriter and hopefully he will be able to display that on future releases. Although he did co-write two of the songs on the regular CD, and they are very, very good. If you're still sitting on the fence, or haven't bought it because of the negative reviews, give it a chance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I honestly cannot find a bad song on this CD. The dual disc gives you a peek into the life of a newcomer making music, and you get to hear 3 other songs which are acoustic and you really get to hear Bo in these tracks. If I have to choose a favorite on this CD I guess you could bend my arm, but I would be hard pressed to find a favorite. I love them all. This is a must buy and easy to listen to all the way through, over and over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this a few weeks ago having no idea it would be so good. It ranks up there with the best... The collaboration on this CD makes it one of the best break out albums of all time. The songs will catch you and follow you throughout your day...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have had the opportunity to preview a few of the songs on Bo's new Cd to be released this month. They are awesome awesome tunes that are well written have a good beat and will showcase very well on the radio. It is going to be a very hot selling and successful cd!!He is the "Real Deal"
Guest More than 1 year ago
After listening to the clips and having heard the full length versions of many of these songs I cannot wait to get Bo's album! I would give the song Valley of Angels 5 stars alone because it is such a beautiful song. It brought tears to my eyes as I was listening to it because Bo's voice and the words to that song are simply stunning. My other favorites are Remember Me, U Make Me Better, Willing To Try and Nothing Without You. These songs are fantastic and I can't wait to get this album.