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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having already won an Emmy for her stints in Pushing Daises and Glee, and a Tony Award for her leading roles in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth could well have to make room on her mantelpiece for a Grammy with her fourth studio album, Some Lessons Learned. Eschewing the musical standards of her 2001 debut, Let Yourself Go and the Christian AOR of 2005's As I Am although the latter's "Borrowed Angels" does appear here in a slightly altered version, the follow-up to her holiday-themed A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, sees the versatile singer/actress instead go back to her roots on 13 tracks inspired by the country songs she ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Having already won an Emmy for her stints in Pushing Daises and Glee, and a Tony Award for her leading roles in You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Broadway veteran Kristin Chenoweth could well have to make room on her mantelpiece for a Grammy with her fourth studio album, Some Lessons Learned. Eschewing the musical standards of her 2001 debut, Let Yourself Go and the Christian AOR of 2005's As I Am although the latter's "Borrowed Angels" does appear here in a slightly altered version, the follow-up to her holiday-themed A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas, sees the versatile singer/actress instead go back to her roots on 13 tracks inspired by the country songs she used to sing while growing up in Oklahoma. It's a change in direction which perfectly suits her distinctive nasal twang, especially on the more uptempo numbers, such as the tongue-in-cheek search for unconditional love of "I Want Somebody Bitch About," the radio-friendly Shania Twain-esque "What More Do You Want," and the jaunty, old-fashioned honky tonk of "I Didn't." But unsurprisingly, she's just as adept on the slower numbers, as she emotively croons her way through the gentle, steel guitar-laden "God and Me," the fingerpicking acoustics of "Fathers and Daughters," and the faithful cover of Carrie Underwood's "Lessons Learned." Recorded in Nashville with producer Bob Ezrin Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, in between her performances in the Broadway revival of Promises, Promises, Chenoweth, perhaps understandably, occasionally fails to leave her show tune background behind, particularly on the soft rock power ballads "I Was Here" and "What If We Never," which sound like the kind of show stoppers Kurt and Rachel would belt out at the end of a Glee episode. But the spirit of childhood hero Dolly Parton is never far behind, as evident on an affectionate, lilting rendition of "Change" from her 1996 album Something Special and "What Would Dolly Do?," a self-penned tribute to the country icon packed with toe-tapping rhythms, doo wop vocals, and rockabilly riffs. Her most high-profile release to date, Some Lessons Learned is a convincing first attempt to embrace the mainstream, which suggests that Chenoweth can now add authentic country-pop singer to the list of her many talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886978071828
  • Catalog Number: 780718
  • Sales rank: 5,228

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Was Here (3:36)
  2. 2 I Want Somebody (Bitch About) (3:11)
  3. 3 Fathers and Daughters (3:13)
  4. 4 What Would Dolly Do (2:48)
  5. 5 God and Me (2:58)
  6. 6 Change (3:16)
  7. 7 What More Do You Want (3:23)
  8. 8 Wreck You (3:48)
  9. 9 I Didn't (2:43)
  10. 10 Borrowed Angels (4:03)
  11. 11 What If We Never (3:37)
  12. 12 Mine To Love (4:11)
  13. 13 Lessons Learned (4:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kristin Chenoweth Primary Artist
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Eric Darken Percussion
Gary Prim Piano, Hammond B3
Eddie Bayers Drums
Mike Brignardello Bass
Pat Buchanan Electric Guitar
Bob Ezrin Keyboards, Tambourine, Background Vocals
Shannon Forrest Drums
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar
Paul Leim Drums
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Robertson Violin
Victoria Shaw Background Vocals
Jimmie Lee Sloas Bass
John Willis Acoustic Guitar, Banjo
Glenn Worf Bass, Upright Bass
Tommy Henriksen Synthesizer, Electric Guitar
Bryan Sutton Acoustic Guitar
Perry Coleman Background Vocals
Adam Shoenfeld Electric Guitar
Songa Lee Violin
Jason Roller Fiddle, Electric Guitar
Aaron Oltman Viola
Joel Pargman Violin
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith Cello
Ruby Locknar Background Vocals
Mike Johnson Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Jordan Thompson Background Vocals
Ava Locknar Background Vocals
Jonelle Mosser Background Vocals
Rylee Scott Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Dolly Parton Composer
Desmond Child Composer
Eric Darken Engineer
Bob Ezrin Composer, Producer, String Arrangements
Joe Martino Engineer
John Metcalfe Orchestral Arrangements
Diane Warren Composer, Executive Producer
Mike O'Connor Engineer
Jason Lehning Engineer
Tommy Henriksen Programming, Engineer
Jorge Velasco Engineer
Kristin Chenoweth Composer
Elisa Peimer Marketing
Laura Kszan Product Development
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development
Jeremy Rubolino String Arrangements
Justin Cortelyou Engineer
Jeff Schulz Art Direction
Scott Farthing Marketing
Hank Williams Mastering
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Alex Miller Management
Ben Terry Engineer
Al Carlson Engineer
Matt Rausch Engineer
Nate Alford Engineer
Angela Barkan Publicity
Stephen Jones Engineer
Kenta Yonesaka Engineer
Larissa Slezak Publicity
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  • Posted January 22, 2013

    I thought this was a great CD from the moment I started listenin

    I thought this was a great CD from the moment I started listening to it. It is a true variation of the style of her contemporary and broadway music. Great country songs. I am hooked.

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