Mornin’.

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From The Ithacan Online:

Katharine McPhee, the first runner-up from season five, has released a self-titled debut that is overproduced and personality-deficient, falling short of fans’ high expectations. What McPhee lacks in control of her voice, she makes up in depth and flavor. R&B tracks like “Open Toes” and “Everywhere I Go” showcase her personal vocal style, making up for the confusion caused by sad, Clarkson-esque attempts like “Over It” and “Better Off Alone.” “Dangerous” is one of the best pure pop songs on the album, with a great hook and killer vocals. The lyrics, unfortunately, land somewhere between corny and cringe-worthy… (two out of four stars)

From the Ohio State University Lantern:

McPhee’s self-titled debut album is confusing and immature. The 22-year-old has a lot of growing up to do before she can become the next Kelly Clarkson. The album definitely shows she is struggling between being a fun and sassy college girl and an adult. Some tracks are mature ballads, while others are girlie-club hits. While an album should have variety, it should not sound like a homemade mix. It was like listening to Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson and even Britney Spears all in one album. The worst is the silly, unnecessary track, “Open Toes.” Yes, we all know that the four-inch heel Steve Madden open toe shoes were very “in” this season, but there is no need for a song about it.”

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2 Responses to “Mornin’.”


  1. 1 Groucho February 15, 2007 at 11:54 pm

    The album was intended to be a “something for everyone” type of CD, with ballads for those who still fondly remember Over The Rainbow, and some lively dance tracks for a wider, and perhaps younger, audience. Granted, Open Toes is a little on the silly side, but it obviously isn’t meant to be taken as seriously as The National Anthem. It’s a fun dance track. Lighten up. There are some gorgeous ballads such as Home and Ordinary World which are totally goosebump-producing and not meant to sound like anyone but Katharine McPhee. They are totally impressive. Sample them on aol music sessions and you’ll see what the fuss is all about.

  2. 2 idolicious February 16, 2007 at 7:55 am

    I’ve heard the entire CD. I wasn’t impressed. But I’m glad you were, and I hope you continue to enjoy Ms. McPhee’s music. If we all liked the same things, the world would be a very boring place indeed.


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