Picks and Pans Review: Taylor Hicks

updated 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/23/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Let's face it, no one is expecting much from Taylor Hicks, the forgotten American Idol who won what was really the Chris Daughtry season. While his new CD is unlikely to spark a resurgence in the Soul Patrol, it reminds us why he took the crown. Hicks recovers from some predictably hokey moments to score with his white-boy R&B on tracks like "Maybe You Should," a ballad with shades of blues and gospel, and "What's Right Is Right," the Michael McDonald-esque highlight.

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