Allison Iraheta’s single “Friday I’ll Be Over U” getting some love from the press

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Genre: Pop/Rock
“Friday I’ll Be Over U” is the first single from the debut album of American Idol season eight finalist Allison Iraheta. On Friday, October 2nd, 2009, a small snippet was released to fans who called Allison’s line at 323-982-8897. The single was released to radio stations on Monday, October 5th. It will be officially released through digital distribution on October 20th, 2009.

Allison’s debut album will arrive in stores and online on December 1st including her soon-to-be-smash “Friday I’ll Be Over U.”

from EW’s Michael Slezak:

“Allison’s debut single, “Friday I’ll Be Over U” (the first 2:20 of which is streaming at PopEater) is the real deal, an aggressively jaunty kiss-off track that juxtaposes genuine, hard-edged attitude from Idol’s season 8 fourth-place finisher with a chorus as unapologetically addictive as Grape Bubble Yum.

Right from the opening “Oh yeah,” you can tell Allison’s having a great time dragging her lie-telling crush back to the customer-service desk for a full-money refund, and the age-appropriate lyrics (”Got my heart by tellin’ lies/ You weren’t what you advertised”) seem designed to spark mass sing-alongs with teenage girls (both inner and actual) across the nation.

Even better, when Allison repeats the song’s title at the end of the second verse — “No, no, I ain’t gonna cry/ Go and be with her tonight/ I really don’t care what you do/ ‘Cause Friday I’ll be over you” — the tart twist of harmony comes off like an homage to Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” (with hints of the Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb” and an opening guitar line that somehow reminds me of Blur’s “Song 2? thrown in for good measure).”

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from Lyndsey Parker of Y! Music (Yahoo):

“Interestingly, while “Friday” rawks pretty hard–as one would expect from AmIdol’s all-time rockingest rock chick EVER–it doesn’t quite have that bloozy, classic-rock vibe fans might have expected, given Allison’s recent Idols Live tour songs (Janis Joplin’s “Crybaby,” Heart’s “Barracuda,” Foghat’s “Slow Ride”). Instead it is a thoroughly modern affair, reminiscent of the fizzy, attitudinal girl-pop of Scandinavian indie-disco darlings the Sounds and criminally underrated pop-rocker Fefe Dobson…with a coy nod to fierce ’90s femmes like Veruca Salt and Elastica, and a little bit of Toni Basil/Kim Wilde-esque retro-’80s flavor thanks to copious syncopated hand-claps and bloopy, bubbling synths.

This single very effectively and unapologetically establishes just exactly who Allison Iraheta is, with a confidence rarely displayed by recording artists even twice her age. That’s exactly what a debut single should do.”

from Jim Farber of NY Daily News:

“If I alone judged “American Idol,” 17-year-old rocker-chick Allison Iraheta would have come in second in this year’s competition – just behind berserk rock-opera god Adam Lambert.

(In fact, she came in fourth).

Luckily, listeners will soon have a chance to correct this grave injustice. Iraheta’s first single, “Friday I’ll Be over You,” which was leaked to Popeater, comes out any day now. (Iraheta’s full, debut CD doesn’t arrive until Dec. 1st).

If the single’s any indication, we have a lot to look forward it. It’s a zippy blast of rock-inflected pop, much in the Joan Jett mold, though modified by more production gloss than that hard star would ever allow.

While the song’s chorus slicks things up in too obvious a bid at radio play, the verses retain Iraheta’s hoarse-throated charm. She’s always had a great capacity for attitude and a muscular range, both shown off to strong effect here.

The song, penned by teen-pop-czar Max Martin, has just the sharp hooks it needs. But it’s Iraheta’s credible, p.o.’d attitude that makes it stick. While so many young female stars – from Avril Lavigne to Miley Cyrus – feign an ornery style these days, Iraheta sounds like the real, snarling deal.”

Check out Allison’s official fan website here.

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