Katharine McPhee (2007) Great voice — better than it sounded on American Idol — but wow, McPhee is working with some poor material. There's the painful rapping on… 2007-01-30 Katharine McPhee Pop
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Katharine McPhee (2007)

Katherine McPhee | SINGER, NOT THE SONGS Idol runner-up McPhee's voice sounds terrific on her debut CD, but her material is second-rate
SINGER, NOT THE SONGS Idol runner-up McPhee's voice sounds terrific on her debut CD, but her material is second-rate
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jan 30, 2007; Lead Performance: Katharine McPhee; Genre: Pop

Great voice — better than it sounded on American Idol — but wow, McPhee is working with some poor material. There's the painful rapping on ''Open Toes,'' which also has the dubious distinction of adding to the catalog of Idol Odes to Random Footwear (see Kellie Pickler's ''Red High Heels''); the single ''Over It,'' which sounds like a JoJo leftover; and some midtempo ballads that Mariah would've deemed too banal in 1991. Only on the Babyface-penned ''Everywhere I Go'' does a snapshot of an intriguing Toni Braxton-esque pop star develop. C+

Originally posted Jan 31, 2007 Published in issue #920 Feb 09, 2007 Order article reprints