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Crystal Bowersox Hopes Fans Can Handle The Truth Of 'Famer's Daughter'

'American Idol' runner-up releases her hard-fought debut album Tuesday.

By James Montgomery, with reporting by Jim Cantiello

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Following the "American Idol" finale, runner-up Crystal Bowersox made it abundantly clear that she had no plans to carry on the tradition of releasing a shiny, happy debut album. And it turns out she was a woman of her word.

Because her post-"Idol" bow, Farmer's Daughter, which dropped Tuesday (December 14), is anything but traditional, at least not in the Seacrest-ian sense of the word. Of the 12 songs on the disc, she wrote eight (and co-wrote two more) and worked exclusively with not only producer David Bendeth — who's twiddled knobs for the likes of Paramore and As I Lay Dying — but a team of crack studio musicians, including Jeff Kazee, Tommy Byrnes and Chuck Burgi, who have logged time with Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen and the Blue Oyster Cult,

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