On this debut single, Greyson Chance wears his influences on his youth medium-sized sleeve. “Waiting Outside the Lines” is a standard pop ballad that skirts dangerously close to Beyoncé’s “Halo,” copying that song’s chord progression in the verse and closely mirroring the melody, too. The other two numbers are cover songs; Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” is scaled down and performed as a theatrical piano ballad, while Augustana’s “Fire” is faithfully re-created with some added vocal acrobatics. As a vocalist, Greyson rarely sounds as young as he actually is, only betraying his age with some clunky phrasing during the Augustana tune. The appeal that permeated his popular YouTube performance of “Paparazzi” doesn’t translate well to CD, though -- at least not this CD, which sounds like manicured karaoke or a well-done American Idol sampler. Sure, the kid can sing. But now what?
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AllMusic Review by Andrew Leahey