Snap judgment: Katharine McPhee's new music

McpheeKatharine McPhee’s MySpace page has sneak previews of four tracks from her self-titled debut CD (due Jan. 30), and they’ve prompted a PopWatch feud between writers Helin Jung and Michael Slezak. Check out their saucy tit for tat, listen to McPhee’s music, then weigh in with your own opinion on “Over It,” “Love Story,” “Each Other,” and “Open Toes.”Jung: OMG! Have you heard Katharine McPhee’s new songs on her MySpace page? They’re so JoJo — in a good way.Slezak: If by that you mean this music could be mistaken for a demo from one of the Pussycat Dolls’ 14 backup singers, then yes, she’s a great success.Jung: Precisely…she’s stunning, in a Barbie sort of way…she has a great voice, but not a lot of pizzazz, so she’s not threatening…it’s all very easy to digest.Slezak: Look, I know I’m biased…I was never a McPhan during her Idol days, but “Over It” is so completely forgettable. Her voice has absolutely no personality, and it disappears on the lower notes. And, if you’ll allow me to nitpick for a second about grammar, when she says “your eyes…I’m over it,” it ought to be “your eyes…I’m over them.”Jung: Fair enough, I hated her barefoot prancing and that crazy lay-on-the-floor version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” too. However, girl went through an eating disorder and some throat malfunction before she got to this album…I say give her some props.Slezak: I don’t care about her backstory, and frankly, even though she was far from my favorite Idol, this material is beneath her.Jung: Mike! Did you not hear “Open Toes”?Slezak: Exactly…”Open Toes” is the WORST. For some reason, it makes me think of old, worn-out shoes that are starting to smell bad.Jung: Now you’re just being mean.Slezak: Seriously, those lyrics? “Wear ‘em all day and listen to the click-clack/ Shoes like this make me hate flats”? WHA?Jung: LOL, okay, okay you win on that one. But it’s very danceable, and nobody’s listening to the lyrics of “Hood Boy” either.Slezak: Oh I know she didn’t just mention ‘Tasia!Jung: Mmmhmm. It’s like that.Slezak: Right after I made a resolution not to write about her again in ’06? Vicious.Jung: If you’re gonna dish it out…Slezak: Touché. But I can’t help feel like “Open Toes” rips off Kellie Pickler’s “Red High Heels,” except it uses a recycled synth line from the waning days of Paula Abdul’s music career. Where are the big notes? Where’s any hint of Kat’s vocal range?Jung: She has to save some of her goodies — which is something she hints at with the album-cover photo (pictured). Britney could take a lesson from Katharine.Slezak: Indeed, I appreciate she’s not giving anyone a tour of her nether-regions. The girl has some class. And her boots are made for walkin’.Jung: Mike, she’s the anti-Britney! And her bumblebee costume is really cute.Slezak: True, and she’s gorgeous without looking like a stick figure. Okay, I like Katharine McPhee!Jung: Me too. [Logs off]Slezak: Just not any of the new songs on her MySpace page.

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  • Lora

    Sounds like something from a former Spice Girl…

  • beb

    I’m with Slezak on this one…the songs are just plain hokey (“Open Toes” is awful) and her voice is completely forgettable.

  • Dave

    The music on all the songs just sound like some preprogrammed tracks that you have on a 40 dollar keyboard. Then when her vocals kick in, you’re like “Who is this?” Her lyrics are barely audible and when you can make out the words you kinda wish you hadn’t. Plus, what is up with that pic?? Whatever, I want to give her another chance, but she will have to deliver some songs where she actually sings and has some real instruments being played.

  • Jazz

    I agree with the assessment of Over It. It doesn’t featire Kat’s voice at all…too over-produced.
    But I DO think she does show her voice on Open Toes. She has a very rich tone in that song.
    Ooooh…and I love Each Other and Love Story. Love Story would have to be my favorite of the four. Perhaps not upon first listen, but a few more times and it really becomes infectious. I dig it.

  • Jazz

    And a note to Dave….Love Story uses all live instruments.

  • jane

    Sounds like a thousand other girls. And she gets props for hiding her crotch with her dress. WOW. A true American Idol. Carrie and Jennifer Hudson – look out.

  • yawn

    Ho Hum.

  • chocho

    I see Kat’s bitter haters have hit this one early. Way to follow her closer than her fans do guys.
    Lets reserve judgement until we have heard the entire album.

  • It’s not over

    Katharine McPhee is HOT! The songs are OK. But she’s still…. HOT! And that’s all that matters right? HOT! I would still buy her CD… HOT!

  • celeste

    so not much vocal on the 4 tracks on her myspace, who’s to say their won’t be any ballad-esque ones on her album? I quite like Love Story and Eachother(Ihope those ar ethe only one of the 4 that make the album). the other two not so much. Open Toes does give me a good laugh though. oh and she looks hott on the cover.

  • ChrisBrown

    Lift up that skirt honey, reveal the goods. DAMN you fine!

  • Lynn

    She sounds fantastic. I can’t wait to pick up her album.

  • Nancy Walker

    She has a decent voice, nothing special. She reminds me of Jennifer Lopez. She is a beautiful girl and did not need to cheapen herself by the trashy pose.

  • Steve

    These songs are pretty decent. Each Other is probably the best. But if this is best she has to offer, I’m sorry but her career will not catapult as so many people suspect.

  • Jeff

    I was a huge fan of McPhee on Idol, but these songs don’t do a thing for me. I liked her for her ballad singing, jazz-infused reworkings of songs, but these RnB-tinged songs sound like anything else you’d hear on the radio. Blah!

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