Archive for January 29th, 2007

Spilled milk.

“Some of you out there are buying Chris Daughtry albums, and you need to stop it.” —

FMBQ Radio interviewed Chris Daughtry, who provided this hilarious nugget for your snark amusement:

I wrote the whole album in a couple of weeks. When I was on the [American Idols Live] tour this past summer, every day off I was in the hotel room writing…If we were in Fort Lauderdale, everyone else would be at the beach, on boats, enjoying life, and I’d be in a hotel room with Brent Smith from Shinedown, writing until 4 in the morning. I knew that it had to be done, and so my work ethic just kicked in. It’s not all fun and games — there’s actual work involved and lots of sacrifice — but it definitely was worth it. Because now I can buy that beach.

Oy. They really make it easy, don’t they?

AOL interviewed Taylor Hicks, who says that he doesn’t think he’ll “ever hear the end of it” from Simon. No…probably not. He also describes his recent success as “cool” and talks about collaborating with local talent on tour.

And finally, a fairly even-handed review of Katharine’s album from The Associated Press. Strangely, SFGate, which usually issues its own reviews, is carrying it. I guess it was the only way they could stop Aidin Vaziri from writing a gushing, fawning “omg kat iz so hawt!!!11one!” piece:

Her producers and handlers meticulously calculated everything on this disc to appeal to the widest possible range of listeners and broadcast formats, from hip-hop to pop to R&B to adult contemporary (I kept waiting for heavy metal and polka tracks to surface, just to cover every possible combination). Sometimes it works, like on the opening track, “Love Story”…And sometimes it doesn’t, like on “Open Toes,” a hip-hop ode to shoe shopping where she sounds quite out of her element. “Do What You Do” has somewhat more street credibility, fitting in easily on urban stations or BET. But it’s on the power ballads “Home” and “Ordinary World” that McPhee shows she really can sing, with a voice that is at once sultry and breathy in the lower registers, and strong when it needs to be in the higher ranges. These two tracks, destined for dentist offices and supermarkets around the world, will remind listeners why they voted for her in the first place.

Interesting that the general consensus so far seems to be that Kat needs to go back to ballads…


Dem boys…dey love…dese open toes.

From AM New York:

Unfortunately, on “Katharine McPhee” (RCA), the “American Idol” runner-up’s debut, she ends up with way too many songs that she can’t quite handle. So it’s a tribute to her winning personality and powerful voice that her album turns out to be one of the best post-“Idol” debuts yet, in the same league as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood…McPhee’s comfort zone is the big ballad and she does wonders with the wrenchingly soulful piano ballad “Better Off Alone” and the showstopper “Ordinary World.” She is at her best on the Babyface-written R&B ballad “Everywhere I Go,” which could provide the prototype for her future, one that merges pop’s current sound and her obvious strengths. (Grade: B-)

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January 2007
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What the kids are sayin’

"I hate them all. The judges, TPTB, the blatant manipulation, the songs, the contestants, everything. I'm a die-hard Cook fan, but for the love of god, at least try to look like you're enjoying yourself up there! Please? Syesha was awesome but she ruined it by being completely shameless and disgusting. Yes, being on American Idol is exactly like the civil rights movement, except for the part where you're fighting to make the world a better place."

"All I can say after the disgusting display tonight of favoritism towards the mediocrity that is David A. - good luck trying to market and make money off of that kid, American Idol. (Not to mention good luck dealing with his father.) All the teeny boppers may buy up his American Idol coronation single, but they will quickly forget about him before the album comes out. And I shudder to think of a David A. album - song after song of unrelenting sameness and heavy breathing. Why they are pimping him for the win is beyond me."

"This show was simply a hot buttered mess tonight. And Jason "needs to be arrested for what he did to I Shot the Sheriff. But I hope he stays. He amuses me. "