Personnel: Bo Bice (electric guitar, background vocals); Bo Bice (vocals); Marti Frederiksen (various instruments, background vocals); Max Martin , Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (various instruments); John Shanks (guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, background vocals); Mitch Allan (guitar, bass guitar, background vocals); Chad Kroeger (guitar); Clif Magness (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, keyboards, electric bass, percussion, programming); John Allen (drums, percussion); Ryan Brown , Daniel Adair , Steven Wolf (drums); The Waters, Julia Waters, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters (background vocals); Richie Sambora (guitar, background vocals); Jamie Muhoberac (piano); Joey Waronker, Jeff Rothschild (drums).
Audio Mixers: Marti Frederiksen; Clif Magness; Randy Staub ; Brian Paturalski.
Recording information: Decibel studios, Stockholm, Sweden; Mikal's House, Woodland Hills, CA; Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Ca; NRG Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Sony Studios, New York, NY; Starstruck Studios, Nashville TN; The Attic, Monrovia, CA; Westlake Audio, Hollywood, CA.
Arranger: Clif Magness.
The musical careers of finalists from the American Idol TV series have become big business, and Bo Bice is the next (as of late 2005) star product of the show. With his long, flowing locks, boyish, scruffy face, and vaguely hippie appearance (on the cover of his debut he is wearing a groovy paisley-embroidered shirt), Bice looks at once exotic yet safe and familiar. His music, which blends the flavor of classic rock with Top 40 accessibility, is put together just as well.
There are 11 tracks here, nearly all of which come complete with rock theatrics and anthemic, stadium-ready choruses designed to stick in the mind. Bice has a voice that can be both sultry and soaring ("U Make Me Better" is a case in point), and nearly all of THE REAL THING shows off his talent. The CD is issued as a DualDisc, the DVD side of which features videos, behind-the-scenes footage, and bonus studio recordings.