Batter up.

I’m noticing striking similarities between the reviews that Katharine McPhee is receiving, and the reviews that Taylor Hicks received. Both got tongue-baths, and both have their haters, but the bulk of the reviews are squarely in the middle: some good songs, some meh songs, shows a lot of promise, etc., etc. I think this year, critics are likely to blame any missteps of the album on the Idol machine, rather than on the singers themselves.

From the Long Island Press’s Checkout Express:

OFF TARGET. So this is how her career will go…if people want pretty, she’ll do fine; however, if it’s good music they crave, her mediocre new CD should go nowhere.

From The Duke Chronicle:

And then there’s Katharine McPhee, the latest runner-up, whose self-titled debut is likely to become the next pop radio darling. The opening song, “Love Story,” sounds as if it could’ve come off one of Beyonce’s albums, complete with horn bleats a la “Crazy in Love.” Later on in the album, “Open Toes” proves that it may well be the next girl-powered club anthem, with its snaky electronic beats and lighthearted ode to high-heeled footwear. Yet for every gem of a pop song, there are two or three filler songs that would make good elevator music. The slower songs feel especially clunky, filled with weepy violins and generic R&B anthems to love (see “Home”). Still, this is a surprisingly strong, above-average release in a genre that is currently glutted with female pop/R&B crooners who can belt it out.

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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. "

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