Unbroken

Unbroken

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by Katharine McPhee
     
 

Katharine McPhee ditches dance-pop and her long brunette locks for her second album, Unbroken, upgrading to AAA crossover pop and a short blonde crop. The sudden departure was necessary, driven by the general disregard for her 2007 debut, which in typical post-American Idol fashion, chased after big hit singles at the expense of her show persona. On…  See more details below

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Katharine McPhee ditches dance-pop and her long brunette locks for her second album, Unbroken, upgrading to AAA crossover pop and a short blonde crop. The sudden departure was necessary, driven by the general disregard for her 2007 debut, which in typical post-American Idol fashion, chased after big hit singles at the expense of her show persona. On Idol, McPhee always favored classic pop over modern, and Unbroken returns her to that course, bringing her somewhere within the vicinity of Paula Cole (who co-writes the title track), Rachael Yamagata (who co-writes "Keep Drivin'"), and Mandy Moore's stylized '70s throwback, flavored with the slightest traces of modern sounds, including a vague borrowing of Beyoncé phrasing. The vibe fits McPhee, feeling like a deliberate blend of her "Over the Rainbow" and KT Tunstall tribute.

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Editorial Reviews

Billboard
McPhee sounds much more comfortable amid [producer John] Alagia's rootsy settings than she did surrounded by the shiny R&B beats of her self-titled debut.
Boston Globe
The disc is at its best when it avoids formulaic exercises like "Had It All," which the cliche-loving Kara DioGuardi copenned. When McPhee lets the lyrics breathe, she shines; on the title track, the requisite big ballad, she finds its center and gives it a soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/2010
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602527131061
catalogNumber:
001320702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Katharine McPhee   Primary Artist,Vocals
Patrice Rushen   Piano
Billy Childs   Piano
Mark Goldenberg   Electric Guitar
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Paul Jackson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
John Alagia   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Sean Hurley   Bass
Oliver Kraus   Violin,Cello
Rhonda Smith   Bass
Michael Chaves   Guitar,Background Vocals
Zac Rae   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond B3
Boots Ottestad   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Music Box
Tony Moore   Drums
Rachael Yamagata   Background Vocals
Lucie Silvas   Background Vocals
Jason Reeves   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jeff Lorber   Engineer
Paula Cole   Composer
Barry Dean   Composer
Victor Indrizzo   Programming
Alex James   Composer
Melanie Safka   Composer
Brian Scheuble   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
Hollis King   Art Direction
Oliver Kraus   String Arrangements
Mitch Allan   Composer
Marshall Altman   Composer
Chris Lindsey   Composer
Aimee Mayo   Composer
Mike Busbee   Composer
Boots Ottestad   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Chris Thompson   Engineer
Rachael Yamagata   Composer
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
David Hodges   Composer
Sachico Asano   Graphic Design
Troy Verges   Composer
Lucie Silvas   Composer
Jason Reeves   Composer
Daniel Lloyd   Producer
Katharine McPhee   Composer,Producer
Ingrid Michaelson   Composer
Gary Go   Composer
Luke Laird   Composer
Rachel Thibodeau   Composer
Martin Bishop   Producer
Shridhar Solanski   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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Unbroken 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
keefir1 More than 1 year ago
It's been 4 years since Kat was the American Idol runner up.Her first cd was on the RCA label and now,she has signed onto a new label,Verve...where she joins a roster of superstar artists. On Unbroken,Kat has written on 6 tracks and has collaborated with seasoned songwriters,including Paula Cole and Ingrid MIchaelson.Two tracks were penned by Kara DioGuardi.....and her upbeat,Had It All is the first single release.Lifetime is also very upbeat and catchy and many feel this song could be chosen by many couples to be played as their wedding song.There are several touching heart rending ballads,particularly Terrified and Say Goodbye. All in all,Kat is in great voice and is proving to realize the potential seen on Idol.