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Katharine McPhee Remains 'Unbroken'

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Katharine McPhee Remains 'Unbroken'

I'm just going to go out on a limb and say it - Unbroken is the CD that Katharine McPhee should have made from the start. Her misguided, post-idol debut was one big cliche-ridden poptastic mess. While it wasn't without the occasional gem (i.e. - "Love Story") for the most part, it just didn't seem genuine. From the looks of it, her follow up, due out on Verve January 5th, will be everything that her debut album should have been and more.

Katharine McPhee
"It took me a long time to figure out where I wanted to go and be as an artist," McPhee says. "I needed time to learn who I was as a musician."

From the looks of it, McPhee realizes completely that her first album was a mistake. Back on her season of idol, I was calling every night and voting for McPhee, over Taylor Hicks. Traditionally speaking, the female idol contestants tend to catch my attention over the men. I don't know why this always happens, but very rarely do I find myself drawn into the story and the music of a male idol contestant. Adam Lambert and Kris Allen may very well be the only two exceptions to this rule, so who knows what this next season of Idol holds for me.

Katharine McPheeAccording to her label, Unbroken is going to reveal a whole new side to McPhee as an artist. "Poignant, vital lyrics swell over full, lush melodies," Verve says. Unbroken also showcases McPhee's songwriting skills, seeing her co-write a majority of the album's 13 tracks. Joining McPhee on this journey are talented songwriters including Rachael Yamagata, Ingrid Michaelson, Kara DioGuardi, Lucie Silvas, Gary Go, and Paula Cole. The one cover is a cover of the 70s pop hit "Brand New Key," originally sung by Melanie. "I'd never heard that song in my life," says McPhee. "It's so weird and cute. People who really know me know that I'm a weird funny girl." Sounds perfect to me! I love "Brand New Key," ever since I bought and proceeded to play out my copy of the Boogie Nights soundtrack.

Katharine McPhee
Produced by John Alagia (John Mayer, Jason Mraz), the album's tracks seem to be the perfect blend of ballads and more uplifting, up-tempo fare. First single, the Kara DioGuardi co-penned "Had It All" features "upbeat melodies [that] contrast the often downbeat lyrics of someone who appears to have lost it all." "Say Goodbye" is a beautiful example of the type of song Katharine McPhee was meant to sing. Making it's debut on an episode of CSI: New York co-starring McPhee.

Katharine McPheeIt seems to me like everything is falling into place for McPhee. Not only is she involved in the songwriting process, but she's creating a whole new image for herself, ditching her brunette locks and going blonde. "I didn't think I would cut my hair off or go this blonde, but I'm going through changes." Searching for lyrics and meaning in the record just sort of forced me to examine inside and out."

I think that I'm just going to go ahead and pretend that the first album never happened. Let's all pretend that Unbroken is her long anticipated debut album. I think this way of thinking serves everyone best.

Katharine McPhee
  1. "It's Not Right" (Lucie Silvas/Gary Go)
  2. "Had It All" (Kara DioGuardi/Mitch Allan/David Hodges)
  3. "Keep Drivin'" (Katharine McPhee/Chris Tompkins/Rachael Yamagata)
  4. "Last Letter" (Barry Dean/Luke Laird/Katharine McPhee)
  5. "Surrender" (Katharine McPhee/Ingrid Michaelson/Marshall Altman)
  6. "Terrified" (with Jason Reeves)" (Kara DioGuardi/Jason Reeves)
  7. "How" (Lucie Silvas/Mike Busbee/Alexander James)
  8. "Say Goodbye" (Troy Verges/Aimee Mayo/Chris Lindsey/Hillary Lindsey)
  9. "Faultline" (Lucie Silvas/Shridhar Solanki/Rachel Thibodeau)
  10. "Anybody's Heart" (Barry Dean/Luke Laird/Katharine McPhee)
  11. "Lifetime" (Boots Ottestad/Katharine McPhee)
  12. "Unbroken" (Paula Cole/Katharine McPhee)
  13. "Brand New Key" (Melanie Safka)
Check out Katharine McPhee on the web:
Official Site//MySpace//Facebook//Twitter

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think you are right. This album will be epic!

December 12, 2009 at 6:10 PM  
Blogger jiggins said...

DUDE~! I LOVE HER! It was so disappointing when she didn't make a bigger splash.. but her voice is beautiful.. and everything happens for a reason. I just got a bit of a chill watching the clips for this new album and press on Amazon. She's hot. I'm stoked. Nice work!

December 12, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

I'm glad you guys are loving Kat as much as I am! Definitely a real talent there.

December 13, 2009 at 12:27 PM  

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