Katharine McPhee wishes the Internet “didn’t have the right to say all the things they want to say.” Maybe she should wish the same for newspapers, too.

Yes, she really said it. Bad grammar and all.

From the LA Daily News:

By allowing herself to be packaged to look like an escapee from the Victoria’s Secret catalog first and a singer second, McPhee could be naively setting herself up for a career of sitcom and county-fair cameos. This instantly dated set of cooing pop-r&b clich s, computer-edited to within an inch of its life, badly lacks the goofball charm that made Kat a household favorite last season on “American Idol.” …So, a committee’s cynical idea of what “the kids” want to hear leaves the Sherman Oaks-raised beauty sounding like a guest wandering through her own album. Some tracks, though, like the standard-issue “Love Story” and “Over It” are passable confections, but most others are just heaping spoonfuls of frozen treacle. (two out of four stars)

From Howard Cohen over at The Miami Herald:

…On the CD cover, McPhee sits on a beige couch, legs akimbo in thigh-high black leather boots and a striped dress pulled down between her beckoning thighs…But the utter lack of personality on her debut album is enough to freeze any hot sex fantasies you might have entertained. When McPhee apes Paris Hilton on an insipid club track with such lines as ”All the boys in the club want me / All the girls in the club wanna be me” you have to wonder what happened to the virginal Idol belter who delivered such standards as Over the Rainbow. McPhee never sang a song on Idol as if she understood the lyrics, but you could always hear in her voice the makings of a singer, with a little help from training and maturity. But on this CD, she’s thin of voice and non-distinctive…There’s no depth, substance or soul in this prefabricated urban-lite pop music. (two out of four stars)

From the Greenboro News-Record:

She is over the rainbow — way over it. Fans of last year’s “American Idol” runner-up may be surprised at Kat ’07: a sexed-up, urbanized siren…Home” and “Ordinary World” will remind listeners why they voted for her in the first place. Too bad the rest of the album doesn’t measure up. (Grade: C-)

Damn. Well, to be fair to Katharine, let’s end with a review that itself ends on a high note. From the Chicago Maroon:

Her vocal curiosity and dexterity allowed McPhee to gain national accreditation; however, those are the same things that hinder her debut album from being anything more than a nice try. Take, for example, “Home.” The song prompts as much drama as an hour of The O.C. Even with its glorious strings, monumental build, and the dominant blaring of Katharine’s voice, once the chorus hits, it is almost impossible to take the song seriously while listening to lyrics like “Does anybody know what it’s like/ To feel larger than life.” I didn’t know the Backstreet Boys were back…again. Lead single “Over It” exudes the same immaturity with its synthesized rhythms that latch onto McPhee’s every word, and her usage of the words “I’m so over it” demonstrate more cluelessness than Alicia Silverstone. Yet, in both songs, the the one constant is the intensity in McPhee’s vocals…Though she may be young and make mistakes, the potential McPhee has is astounding, and with Ordinary World, she confirms that she is anything but ordinary.

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2 Responses to “Katharine McPhee wishes the Internet “didn’t have the right to say all the things they want to say.” Maybe she should wish the same for newspapers, too.”


  1. 1 AmyH February 2, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    That “Internet Censorship” quote makes me weep for the future.

  2. 2 baxter February 2, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Katharine wrote:”a little bit more of an insight to who I am, a different side of me. I dance in my car to it and have a great time. It’s kind of a celebration of young girls coming together and a lot of those kinds of tunes.”
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    Young girls??????? Well at least Kat recognizes her target audience, although she needs to understand that a young woman of 23, needs to stop thinking, acting, and speaking like a tween!!!


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