Small Town Girl (2006) Kellie Pickler's bland Small Town Girl conjures no superlatives. In fact, it's awfully hard to take the project seriously because of the (presumably) crass commercial… 2006-10-31 Kellie Pickler Country
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Small Town Girl (2006)

Kellie Pickler | CARRIE ON? Pickler's debut seems to want to go where Underwood's already been
Image credit: Kellie Pickler: Robert Ascroft
CARRIE ON? Pickler's debut seems to want to go where Underwood's already been
EW's GRADE
C

Details Release Date: Oct 31, 2006; Lead Performance: Kellie Pickler; Genre: Country

Kellie Pickler's bland Small Town Girl conjures no superlatives. In fact, it's awfully hard to take the project seriously because of the (presumably) crass commercial motives behind it: Blond, twangy American Idol winner Carrie Underwood sold 4 million albums, so blond, twangy Idol contestant Pickler should do the same. But while Underwood's voice is rich, round, and passionate, Pickler's is a wisp. The songs do nothing to advance her image: The single ''Red High Heels'' (''I'm about to show you just how missin' me feels — in my red high heels'') is meant to evoke Shania Twain. It barely summons Carrie Bradshaw. She even references her Idol calamari flub. Pickler's not without talent — she proved herself such a lively and even astute presence on The View this summer. Which, come to think of it, does conjure a superlative: She'd be the best singer on that show.

(Pickler's CD is part of a wave of Idol-related releases. See also EW's reviews of the new albums from Taylor Hicks, Fantasia, and Daughtry.)

Originally posted Dec 13, 2006 Published in issue #912 Dec 22, 2006 Order article reprints