Ken Tucker
September 14, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Some Lessons Learned

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kristin Chenoweth
music label
83914
genre
Country

We gave it a B

The key to enjoying Some Lessons Learned is to ignore the notice that it’s the actress and Broadway star’s country-music move. In that genre, her material lets her down, relying too much on novelty songs like ”What Would Dolly Do.” Only the single, ”I Want Somebody (Bitch About),” is truly country-fried. But Chenoweth’s most sincere pop performances here feature her peerlessly tensile phrasing, lending even the wobblier ballads some backbone. B

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