Lee DeWyze, "Sweet Serendipity"

78 Billboard Rating

With "Sweet Serendipity," "American Idol" season 9 champ Lee DeWyze delivers a debut that suits both his musical influences and vocal style. The 24-year-old Illinois native's husky yet soulful voice fits nicely into Top 40 pop-rock fare, as he describes his journey and offers an uplifting message about believing in destiny. "I ain't gonna stress/'Cause the worst ain't happened yet/Something's watching over me/Like sweet serendipity," DeWyze sings while rapidly working through the melody. DeWyze's well-placed harmonies and lyrical tone shine throughout "Sweet Serendipity," with the song's bridge and climax bringing John Mayer's early material to mind. With debut album "Live It Up" set to arrive November 16, "Sweet Serendipity" is a strong indication that the musical personality DeWyze developed as a contestant on "Idol" will carry over to his recording career.

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