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Letting You In is the fifth studio album recorded by American singer-songwriter Kris Allen, released through the independent label imprint DogBear Records on March 18, 2016.[2] It is Allen's second record to be released independently after parting ways with his post-American Idol label, RCA Records, in 2012. The lead single, "Waves", was released to digital retailers on February 19, 2016 alongside pre-orders of the album.[3]

Upon release, the album was met with generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the musical and lyrical sophistication but noted a lack of personality.[4][5] Letting You In entered the Billboard Independent Albums sales chart at number 17 but failed to enter the Billboard 200, though it did chart at number 88 on Top Current Albums.

Background

Letting You In was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 and serves as Allen's fourth release since winning American Idol in season eight (2009) and second since being dropped by RCA Records in 2012.[6] Allen co-wrote every song on the record and worked on over 70 songs with multiple producers before narrowing it down the ten tracks that make up the album' final track listing.[6] Inspired in part by his traumatic 2013 car crash (as was 2014's Horizons), the record has been described by Allen as his "most personal" yet.[3][7] After re-learning the guitar, Allen also revised his songwriting strategy for this album, writing that on Letting You In he focused on "making music that was completely true to me" instead of drawing inspiration from other artists and songwriters.[7]

Promotion

"Waves" was streamed exclusively by People on February 18, 2016 as the first taste of the then-upcoming album and was released to digital retailers the following day.[3] The album was also made available for pre-order at that time (February 19, 2016). "Waves" serves as the official lead single. The official music video for the lead single "Waves" was released April 19, 2016. The video was directed, filmed, edited, and graded by Matthew DeLisi and featured Elliott Sikes and Brett Taylor as actors.[8]

Two more songs were released as promotional tracks over the next month - "Love Will Find You" on February 26, 2016 and "If We Keep Doing Nothing" on March 3, 2016.[9][10]

Allen launched the Letting You In 2016 Tour in support of the album on March 31, 2016 in Birmingham, AL.[6]

"Love Will Find You" will be released to American hot adult contemporary radio on September 19, 2016 as the second official single.[1]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Digital JournalA[11]
Entertainment WeeklyB-[5]
Popdust4/5 stars11px11px11px11px[4]
star2.com7/10[12]

Letting You In received generally positive reviews from critics. Markos Papadatos of Digital Journal rated the album an A, writing that "one can tell that [Allen] poured his heart on this project," and that it is "filled with raw emotions." He further described the album as "remarkable".[11] Jason Scott, writing for music blog Popdust, praised the varied musical influences on the album and noted that "by the hands of anyone else, it would certainly be boring," but Allen makes the eclectic soundscape work. He summed up his review with the following statement: "Where Letting You In falls short in Top 40-ready sharpness, it makes up in cutting honesty and powerful images."[4]

A more mixed review came from Madison Vain of Entertainment Weekly, who bestowed the album a B- rating. Vain noted the lack of personality developed by Allen in his post-Idol releases, which Letting You In is "unlikely to help." She praised Allen's vocals but criticized his "relentless cheerfulness," deeming the album too one-note.[5]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Love Will Find You"
 3:18
2."Time Will Come"
  • Allen
  • Jordan Critz
  • Adam Hambrick
 4:04
3."Waves"AllenJenkins3:57
4."Faster Shoes"
  • Allen
  • Tofer Brown
 3:13
5."If We Keep Doing Nothing" 3:59
6."Way Up High"Allen 4:04
7."Feeling This Way"
  • Allen
  • Bryan Shackle
  • Mat Sherman
 3:39
8."Letting You In"
  • Allen
  • Andy Albert
  • Matt Menefee
 4:22
9."Move"
 3:22
10."I Remember You"
 3:15

Personnel

Chart performance

Chart (2016) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[13] 17
US Top Current Albums (Billboard)[14] 88

Release history

Country Date Format Label Catalog No. Ref.
United States March 18, 2016 Compact disc DogBear Records #38119 [15]
Worldwide Digital download N/A [2][16]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Hot/Modern/AC Future Releases". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on September 10, 2016. Retrieved 10 September 2016. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Letting You In by Kris Allen". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nelson, Jeff (February 18, 2016). "Kris Allen Releases New Single 'Waves,' Talks Recovery After Devastating Car Crash: I Thought I Might Never Play Guitar Again". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Scott, Jason (March 16, 2016). "Kris Allen Opens His Heart On 'Letting You In'—Album Review". Popdust. Popdust Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Vain, Madison (March 18, 2016). "Kris Allen's 'Letting You In': EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Angermiller, Michele Amabile (January 14, 2016). "'American Idol' Winner Kris Allen Announces New Album Release Date". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Deuce, JP (March 1, 2016). "American Idol Winner Kris Allen Premieres New Single "Waves" + New Album Out On March 18". I'm Music Magazine. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJhvfFhtiog
  9. Angermiller, Michele Amabile (February 25, 2016). "'American Idol' Kris Allen Premieres New Song 'Love Will Find You': Exclusive". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  10. Moraski, Lauren (March 3, 2016). "Kris Allen's New Song Will Inspire You To Do Something". The Huffington Post. AOL / Verizon Communications. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  11. 11.0 11.1 Papadatos, Markos (February 25, 2016). "Review: Kris Allen captivates on new studio album 'Letting You In'". Digital Journal. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  12. Chaw, Kenneth (April 15, 2016). "An album filled with life advice, personal musings of his life". Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  13. "Kris Allen – Chart history" Billboard Independent Albums for Kris Allen. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  14. "Chart Search". Billboard Top Current Albums for Kris Allen. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  15. "Letting You In - Kris Allen". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 
  16. "Letting You In by Kris Allen". iTunes Store (New Zealand). Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2016. 

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