Taylor gets reviewed while Kat gets ‘Tubed.

From Rolling Stone (print edition only):

Prematurely gray brown-eyed-soul sensation Taylor Hicks was a thrill to watch on American Idol. His stocky figure, boundless enthusiasm and old-dude looks made him impossible to root against. His major-label debut, however, is much less thrilling. Rather than relying on the classic soul songs he performed on Idol, Hicks and his people recruited an army of outside songwriters such as Rob Thomas, Bryan Adams, and Diane Warren, who penned him generic, syrupy, soul-tinged ballads such as cornball faux-soul “Give Me Tonight” and “Heaven Knows” — a bizarre rave-up that samples “What’d I Say” and “Ain’t That Peculiar” and only underlines the vast superiority of the source material. Unexpectedly, the two Hicks originals are the best thing here, if only because they show off his personality. Here’s hoping the follow-up delivers more of them.

Interesting how this is yet another review heralding Taylor’s songs as the best material on the album (even if this one did come with a teensy caveat).

Puppy-hating Katharine McPhee makes her nation-wide acting debut today on…YouTube. Below, catch her playing a new friend who helps a character out of what looks to be a drug overdose (or, more accurately, plays poker with a bunch of other people while said character sleeps off his “Jimi Hendrix”) in the latest installment of “Lonelygirl15.” I’ve never seen this so-called web serial before, and now that I have, I’ve got to say, it’s the stupidest thing ever. It’s like some thirteen-year-old’s pseudo-glamourized idea of what a young adult’s life is like. Anyway, since I have no friggin’ clue what this is even supposed to be about (besides an OD and people playing poker while Kat’s “Over It” plays in the background), I can’t really offer a review of Katharine’s acting chops. But she certainly does nothing to embarrass herself (well…unless you count actually appearing on “Lonelygirl15.”)

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3 Responses to “Taylor gets reviewed while Kat gets ‘Tubed.”


  1. 1 Bobbi January 19, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    That thing Kat was on is one of the weirdest things I’ve ever seen. Even the playing of her song made no sense since it was obvious there was no music playing in the background in the room. Very, very odd but then I am, most definitely, not the target demographic.

  2. 2 SunnyLovesSoul January 19, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    The song sounds like what you can hear on the Disney Channel. My eight year old loves Hannah Montana, and AJ and Alley – Kat fits right in with them. Tweenies should love her.

    The video, well it is wierd she’s in it – is it to show some acting ability? Get a snippet of that song out? What? I’m confused.

  3. 3 kathy January 19, 2007 at 8:54 pm

    Taylor Hicks is the best thing that ever happened to American Idol. This year is going to seem really boring. I don’t think they are going to get the ratings they did last year.


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