Shake it up, baby.

From Monsters and Critics (yes, it really does say “defiantly;” I don’t know if it was meant to say “definitely” or not):

What I’ve been able to learn is that [Katharine] McPhee was known for her old school rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” Those expecting something along those lines on this album will be disappointed…The album starts off with the bouncy “Love Story,” continues with the typical break up song “Over It.” The next track is downright silly and called “Open Toes.” … “Home” is the next track and is more of a power ballad and is the first song that captured my attention. McPhee is a hottie (see the provocative picture on the album cover) and is very talented. I liked her voice, but I thought most of the songs didn’t really differentiate her from the current crop of Britneys. Her debut is not bad, but it just seems like more of the same bugglegum. Whatever the case, her fans will defiantly love it.

From Rolling Stone:

…You could imagine McPhee following Kelly Clarkson’s lead and doing big-ass pop that makes both Middle America and big-city types happy. But McPhee’s debut doesn’t render her halfway interesting. The album’s twenty-two songwriters mostly avoid schlock but can’t come up with an alternative, which makes ballads like “Better Off Alone” and tepid, McPhunky dance pop such as “Do What You Do” just bland. The upbeat “Love Story” and the decent ballad “Everywhere I Go” mix pop and R&B and provide some relief, but most of Katharine McPhee is politics as usual. (two and a half out of five stars)

From The Richmond Times-Dispatch:

She’s luminous and vocally gifted. So why does Katharine McPhee look like she just finished the late shift at the Golden Nugget in Vegas on the album’s cover and sound like a cut-rate Jessica Simpson on her 12-song debut?…Sure, it will blend seamlessly with the rest of the unsophisticated sound-alikes on Top 40 so some might call that success but someone with such a supple voice deserves better than this Kool-Aid. “Not Ur Girl” is the only track with a little meat behind it….But for the love of Simon Cowell, who allowed something as stupid, drippy and embarrassing as “Open Toes” on a record vying for respectability? (two stars)

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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."



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