Brooke White's independent debut album, Songs From the Attic, originally released in 2005, was available before she joined the cast of American Idol this season. Once she made the finals, the CD became harder to find, commanding up to $100 or more on fan sites.
But now that Brooke has finished her run on the show, in fifth place, Songs From the Attic is available for download via iTunes for a reasonable $9.99. Should you? If you feel as I do, that Brooke was the most musically gifted and genuine artist of this season's crop, you should. Though recorded without the benefit of a major-label budget, Songs showcases Brooke's facility for crafting a pop hook on such original standouts as Free, Keep Running, The Way Things Used to Be and a lovely cover of Aerosmith's Dream On. Her piano playing is accomplished and her voice is sweet and just right for these songs that would feel at home on a 70s singer-songwriter album.
Given the strength of this low-fi indie release, I'd love to hear a new Brooke album, recorded with a great band and bigger budget. She is not the type of singer Idol prefers -- the melismatic, big voiced pop singer -- but she's something better, something true and real and that was already in evidence three years ago on Songs From the Attic.
Take a look at the music video for the single, Free.