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Kristin D. Chenoweth

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Kristin Chenoweth Goes Country With "Some Lessons Learned"

  • Sep 26, 2011
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You all know her as the funny girl from movies like Four Christmases, Deck the Halls, Bewitched, You Again, and so on; but this New York City Broadway darling is making her way to another kind of Broadway -- the one in Nashville, TN. Chenoweth is trying her hand at country music with her debut album in the country genre, "Some Lessons Learned."

I've always known that Chenoweth could sing. And Lord knows she cracks me up in movies. She's one of the best comedic actresses of the last ten years, in my opinion; that being said, she should probably stick to acting. Now before the Cheno-fans go crazy on me, I must say that I adore her and her voice. I'm just not sure she's country music material. Let's face it...this is a genre where, as a female, you either have to be incredibly talented and 100% worthy of praise (i.e. Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack) or you have to appeal to a broad cross-over audience (i.e. Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood); I'm not sure Kristin has the "it" factor it takes to be a star in country music.

The beauty of country is that it's heartfelt. She covers a song called "I Was Here," originally recorded by Lady Antebellum, and I just don't feel the emotion that I do when Hillary Scott sings it. It just sounds like a really good karaoke version of the song. It's too precise and clean, if that makes any sense. It's too operatic. There is no rawness to the track and it feels as though she's singing it just to sing it; like she doesn't have any emotional connection to the song. I feel the same way about her take on Carrie Underwood's "Lessons Learned." Maybe it's because I know both of these songs so well and love the original recordings, but I'm just not feeling it.

The album's first single "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)" is one of the better tracks on the record; although, I still can't hear this being a hit on radio at all. The best song on the album, in my opinion, is a song she co-wrote called "What Would Dolly Do?" The production and instrumentals are reminiscent of classic country, which I like, but the rest of the record just doesn't grab my attention. This was the only song that made me stop and listen.

As much as I wanted to like this album, I can't say I'm crazy about it. I would, however, love to see her in another movie soon. If you'd like to learn more about Kristin Chenoweth, you can check out her official web site (https://www.kristin-chenoweth.com/) and/or follow her on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/kchenoweth).

Kristi Olson
CMTT Music Contributor

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