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Album: Joe McElderry - Wide Awake

Joe McElderry

Release date

It's out now!

The style

The debut album from X Factor winner Joe McElderry is here at last!

It's been eight months in the making and fans may be surprised by Joe's new sound - he's definitely moved on from the heart-felt ballads that made us go all gooey during last year's X Factor.

The hits

You'll love the first single Ambitions, which sets Joe's gorgeous falsetto vocals over an electro-pop bassline.

Someone Wake Me Up shows the best of Joe's new style, with moody synths under high-pitched vocals. Farenheit is a great pop track with a retro disco sound.

If fans are disappointed by the lack of heart-felt crooning, they should cheer up with the bonus track, The Climb, Joe's chart-topping version of the Miley Cyrus hit, which he sang in the X Factor finals.

The misses

Until The Stars Run Out teases us with snippets of Faith by George Michael, who Joe got to duet with on the X Factor. This song could have been ACE but sadly someone went wild in production and Joe's voice is swamped.

Will you still be humming it next week?

Yes. There are a few duds, but most of the tracks are going to get stuck in your head.

Will it make the charts?

Yes! Joe topped the charts with The Climb and had a top 10 hit with Ambitions, so we reckon his debut album is set to do well too.

NR rating:

Three out of five

Your Comments

"I think this album is really sweet and cute! Joe is a good singer and although there may be better singers around, he puts a lot of effort into his music. I think he should get some praise for that!"

Katy, 10, Luton, England

"I think Joe sounds a bit cheesy and I don't think he has good songs, he has only got one."

Daisy, 8, Newark, England

"I think Joe is the worst singer I've ever heard. I don't like his new album."

Georgia, 11, Warwick, England

"This album is average. The songs don't suit him. It would be better if this was someone else's album"

Caty and Emily, 12, Chelmsford, England

"It's rubbish."

Rhys, 11, Herefordshire, England

"I think it's the best album ever!"

Oliver, 7, England

"Personally, I'm not a big fan! He was way better when he was on The X Factor, now he sounds ridiculous and cheesy."

Niamh, 11, County Durham, England

"After a while, the song grows on you like it's grown on me!"

Sarah, 10, Tyne and Wear, England

"Love the track Ambitions!"

Eleanor, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"I love the new album! I think it is the best album of the year!!"

Kyla, 11, Sheffield, England

"I hate it!"

Keris, 9, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

"I love this album!"

Jade, 10, Scotland

"It's amazing"

Tina, 11, London, England


Bobathy, 11, London, England

"I am sorry but the vocals are rubbish. He shouldn't have won The X Factor."

Jess, 14, Surrey, England

"I think the songs are catchy and his voice sounds so sweet and good!"

Luise, 8 ,London, England

"I did like this album, but I don't think the style really suits him."

Ellie, 9, York, England

"Joe is the best! I like all of the songs, but my favourite one is Wide Awake."

Jack, 7, Blackburn, England

"I think it is... GREAT! I can't stop playing it. Joe rocks!"

Chloe, 9, Ayrshire, Scotland

"I don't like it very much. I think Joe's OK, but this album isn't his best."

April, 12, Yorkshire, England

"I think the album is really good and I love the song Ambitions. I would rate this album 9/10 because it's good to listen to and has great lyrics."

Amelia, 12, England

"Joe McElderry is a great artist, I'm so glad he won. Bravo Joe, you've got the X Factor."

Zaina, 10, London, England

"It's OK I guess!"

Neve, 13, Cambridgeshire, England

"I think he needs more practice singing."

Danny, 8, Swansea, Wales

"It is not my cup of tea but it's OK."

Sarah-Jane, 10, Co. Down, N. Ireland

"I think it's fab, it really suits him! But I think Olly's doing the best."

Zahra, 14, West Yorkshire, England

"Not good! 4/10!"

Lucinda, 13, London, England

"I don't like Joe very much, but have to admit, he is a bit cooler now!"

Maymayze, 11, London, England

"I really like Joe McElderry's album, it's so cool!"

Bella, 9, Midlothian, Scotland

"It's OK, but he could do better."

Violet, 8, Wiltshire, England

"I don't think it is as good as it could be, but it's alright."

Leah, 10, Yorkshire, England

"I think the album is really good."

Holly, 9, N. Ireland

"He should have done better as he won The X Factor, but The X Factor is not the way to go for a singer."

David, 13, Edinburgh, Scotland

"Its an amazing album. If you have not heard it, go listen... and buy it - you wont be sorry."

Steph, 13, Worcestershire, England

"I really wanted Joe to win The X Factor, I thought he was brilliant. His new style is OKish. I like it in a way, but I much prefer the kind of songs he sang on The X Factor like The Climb - 9/10 and Wide Awake - 4/10."

Bryony, 11, London, England

"I don't really rate it. On a scale from one to 10, I would rate it four."

Luke, 9, Scotland

"It's alright, I don't think much of it to be honest! He took too long to bring out his own single and it isn't very good."

Bethany, 12, Swansea, Wales

"Nice song. High voice. Unique!"

Alana, 10, London, England

"I love Joe- he is so cool. His album is amazing and so is his voice!"

Bob, 11, Staffordshire, England

"He won The X Factor- he should have done better."

Amrit, 11, UK

"I like the single Ambitions. I keep singing it at school."

Owen, 9, Lancashire, England

"I love it! I voted for him three times to win The X Factor!"

Lisa, 8, Nottingham, England

"It's OK but he needs to do something different to stand out!"

Sophie, 11, Surrey, England

"I think Joe's done a fantastic album! It was really good, although I think he could still improve it!"

Arabella, 9, Manchester, England

"Totally amazing! Great album!"

Katie, 13, Lincolnshire, England

"I am surprised by his new sound. He's definitely got the X factor!"

Emily, 9, Dorset, England

"Not a good album, it's not really his style. Songs like The Climb suit his voice."

Yasmin, 12, Sheffield, England

"I think his album is OK, but he won The X Factor so you would expect it to be brilliant."

Emma, 10, Belfast, N. Ireland

"When I first heard this I thought it was a little weird and definitely not Joe's style, but after a few listens it turned out to be really awesome and super catchy!!"

Kitty, 11, Bournemouth, England

"Another X Factor fail. I didn't enjoy his performance on TV and did not have great expectations for his album. It wasn't for me, but I can see why some people would like it. 2/5."

Gabi, 14, UK

"It's alright, but I know Joe can do better than that!"

Sureya, 10, Cardiff, England

"I hate it, it's too girly."

Farhiya, 10, Middlesex, England

"I think Joe McElderry's new album is really good! I loved almost all of the songs on it!"

Taylore, 10, Scotland

"Joe McElderry's album is amazing! I especially like The Climb and Ambitions! All the rest of the songs are quite boring, but he is still one of my favourite singers in the UK!"

Cara, 11, Scotland


Lucy, 8, Hertfordshire, England

"It was a fantastic album!"

Cara, 8, Kent, England

"Joe has grown so much from his first X Factor audition, but I think he needs a bit more work. He's a good singer, but I'm not sure about the album!"

Katy, 10, Luton, England

"I think that Joe's new album is brilliant and I love all the songs!"

Ellie, 10, Bristol, England

"The album is brilliant! My favourite song is Ambitions! I hope Joe does more brilliant albums in the future."

Connor, 10, Cheshire, England

"I think it's good! His new songs sound pretty cool but sometimes his voice is too high-pitched! 4/5."

Lucy, 11, Middlesbrough , England

"The songs are quite catchy, but also a bit cheesy."

Violet, 10, Surrey, England

"I think Joe McElderry is amazing and his new song Ambitions is just as amazing as he is."

Greg, 11, Scotland

"I think Joe is the best singer in the whole world. His new album is the best ever. I love Real Late Starter!"

Rachel, 10, Northumberland, England

"What a cool album! I love his new electro-pop style that he expresses in Ambitions, it's my new fave song!"

Natalie, 10, Kent, England

"This album isn't really my cup of tea."

Caitlin, 11, London, England

"I feel some of his songs have been a bit overdone, if you know what I mean. However, The Climb is a great song because it's his own voice, which is clear and passionate."

Jayme, 11, Bristol, England

"I don't like Joe's album as all the songs are rubbish and very predictable. He's no different to any other singer and is boring!"

Sezen, 10, Hertfordshire, England

"Brilliant! It's really catchy and I can't get it out of my head!"

Natalie, 13, Sussex, England

"I think Joe McElderry's album is BRILLIANT!"

Charlotte, 11, Preston, England

"I personally don't think it's a good album and don't think it's really his style, although songs like The Climb suit his voice."

Yasmin, 12, Sheffield, England

"Absolutely brilliant!! He's amazing! My top singer like Cheryl Cole and Selena Gomez."

Lauryn, 8, Liverpool, England

"I thought it was alright."

Stacey, 12, London, England

"Sounds OK. The song Ambitions is both catchy and cheesy; not quite his style though."

Ella, 11, Bristol, England

"Rock on, Joe, you are so cool. I love the songs in the album, they are so catchy."

Stevie, 12, East Sussex, England

"Wide Awake is the best album ever! I love Ambitions and The Climb, I can't choose which one's the best!"

Gabbie, 6, London, England

"I love the album and think Joe is an incredible singer."

Lydia, 13, North Yorkshire, England

"I don't think it's that good. He tries to sing pop but he just can't nail it. He's more of a classical singer. 2/5."

Jess, 10, Midlands, England

"I love it! It's absolutely amazing!"

Selena, 12, London, England

"I think Joe McElderry is awesome! I think Ambition is really catchy!"

Sofea, 11, Warwickshire

"Great album! I think his best song is Real Late Starter."

Sean, 11, Ireland

"Sounds good!"

Leena, 11, Wycombe, England

"I really like this album. It's a bit different to the stuff Joe did on X Factor, which not everyone will like, but I think it ROCKS!"

Kate, 12, England

"It's really good! I think it should go to number one and I think Joe's a great winner!"

Hassan, 11, London, England