Start spreadin’ the news.

Katharine McPhee nets herself a lovely review from the New York Times this morning. She should be proud of this one.

American Idol” still hasn’t conquered the most mainstream genre of all: the show has yet to produce a true dance-pop star. Now Katharine McPhee is trying to change that…And part of what makes her debut album work is its brashness. “This is sick,” she says, as the beat for a Gwen-Stefani-ish song called “Do What You Do” kicks in. Then she alternates between whispering and letting her big voice loose…A few moments are pretty silly, regardless. As you might have feared, “Open Toes” is indeed about shoes, and never has anyone sung those two words so vehemently. (Or, by song’s end, so incessantly.) But silliness is hardly fatal for an aspiring dance-pop star. And in any case, as “Idol” viewers already know, Ms. McPhee can deliver a show-stopping love song. In “Home,” one of six songs partly written by Kara DioGuardi, a great songwriter for hire, Ms. McPhee nails the inspirational chorus. As the piano builds, she asks, “Does anybody know what it’s like to feel larger than life?” Apparently she does.

The Winnipeg Sun, on the other hand, was not so kind.

On her latest single, Katharine McPhee proclaims herself “so over it.” Funny, we feel the same way about pointless, unoriginal albums like this disappointing debut from American Idol’s fifth-season runnerup. Her tunes come in three cookie-cutter shapes: 1) Sassy, Beyonce-style hip-hop strutters; 2) Paper-thin pop-chart baubles; 3) Wrenching Christinafied ballads. Sadly, the latter dominates. And OK, she can sing them all. But like most Idol performers, she never makes the songs her own. She keeps this up, the fickle Idol hordes will get over her faster than Justin whatshisname.


5 Responses to “Start spreadin’ the news.”

  1. 1 Holly February 5, 2007 at 3:01 pm

    Katharine’s cd is wonderful. I love it.

  2. 2 Meadow February 5, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    I agree with Winnipeg — not substance to this album — two fairly good songs and the rest is carp.

  3. 3 Churry February 6, 2007 at 8:40 am

    I like Katharine McPhee a lot and wish her the best, but I do have to agree with The Winnepeg Sun. The songs are not great. However, Kat is brand new at this, and there was a lot of pressure to create an album in a short time. I think her second album will be better. Don’t forget how annoying Kelly Clarkson’s first album was.

  4. 4 idolicious February 6, 2007 at 9:12 am

    Yeah, Churry, her second album could be a lot better. My issue with Katharine isn’t so much her music–fluffy teen pop has its place–but with how she went through Idol and gave quite a few interviews painting herself as a jazzy, bluesy Norah Jones type, told USA Today that she wanted to make a contemporary jazz/blues album like Norah or Joss Stone, and then told her producers, apparently, that she’s really all about Fergie/Timberlake at heart. Now she goes around saying that she’s “always” wanted to make a rhythm pop album, which, guess what, Kat? Six months ago, you didn’t. I just think she realized that making the jazz/blues album would probably get her on less magazine covers and TV talk shows.

  5. 5 Groucho February 8, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Yup, you said it. The rest is carp. In fact most of what I hear from, well, let’s call them naysayers, is just carp carp carp. The album is fine, surprisingly good especially considering the short time they had to get it ready. The ballads are solid and will stick with you after a few listens, whereas some of the dance pop will do it after one or two spins–whether you wnat them to or not! I’m not a pop music fan and I can’t get that damn Open Toes out of my head. Neglected gives me goose bumps. Don’t listen to this, carpy crap, go listen to the album. Try it, you’ll like it!

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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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