Actors Who Sing: Jennifer Love Hewitt
MOST RECENT ALBUM BareNaked, 2002 (EW Grade: C) [Previous albums: Let’s Go Bang, 1995; Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1996; Love Songs, 1997]
SOUNDS LIKE… A less talented Jessica Simpson on her first albums; a less talented Ashlee on BareNaked
THE LOWDOWN Her earlier albums attempted the same kind of teenybopper pop that starlets like Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff are making now, but on BareNaked J.LoH tried for a more rock-influenced sound. Unfortunately, she’s just too vanilla to make it work. Another strike: She covers ”Me and Bobby McGee,” with disastrous results. Janis is rolling….
MEMORABLE LYRIC ”Standin’ on the star of Marilyn Monroe, I’ve got a dream and a map of some stars’ homes… On the avenue of the stars/ What nobody knows/ I’m gonna take it so far” (”Avenue of Stars”)
DOWNLOAD THIS Speaking of shocking covers, Hewitt recorded Billy Idol’s ”Dancing With Myself” for Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber, her recent Oxygen TV movie. (For giggles, get it here.)