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Emmy and Tony Award winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth explores her southern music roots with her new album, Some Lessons Learned. All of the songs on Chenoweth's new album are extremely personal and explore her life experiences as a woman.

Chenoweth has had an extraordinarily diverse career that includes television, movies and Broadway. She won the Emmy Award for her role on Pushing Daisies, a Tony Award for her role in You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and originated the role of Glinda in Wicked. Most recently, she was nominated for her second Emmy for her recurring role of April Rhodes in Glee, a role where Kristin is able to show off her multi-faceted voice in a wide variety of musical numbers. Next, Chenoweth will star as Carlene Cockburn in the new ABC Network drama series, Good Christian Belles in Fall 2011.

Some Lessons Learned is a tribute to the music Kristin listened to growing up in Oklahoma. It was produced in Nashville by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Peter Gabriel, KISS, Pink Floyd). It features songs by elite pop and country songwriters including Diane Warren, Desmond Child, Dolly Parton, Tom Douglas, Hillary Scott, Jodi Marr, Victoria Shaw, Eric Bazilian, Gary Burr and Shane McAnnally.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 13, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SONY MASTERWORKS
  • Run Time: 46 minutes
  • ASIN: B005BUA1HQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On her fourth studio album "Lessons Learned," Chenoweth has decided to give her Southern nasal distinctiveness the lead. While her debut disc was a jazzy standards excursion, followed by an Adult Contemporary Christian second, then tagged on by a lushful orchestral Christmas disc last year, now Chenoweth has returned to her Oklahoma roots in cutting a contemporary country record. Yet, this is not your standard Nashville-manicured affair. Rather, some of level of perfidy is evident as she has enlisted the help of the producer of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel, Bob Erzin to helm this effort. And to stag up the odds, she has enlisted the help of legendary writer Diane Warren (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey) who has contributed 5 of her compositions here. However, to show some level of kowtowing to the Nashville establishment, some of today's hottest country acts and writers such as Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott, Victoria Shaw, Gary Burr and Sherrie Austin have all had a share of crafting the songs here. At the end of the day, "Lessons Learned" works and it sounds like it sounds like Chenoweth is set out to light country radio airwaves in full ammunition.

Known for her stints in musicals such as "Pushing Daisies" and "Glee," it's hard for Chenoweth to divorce herself from her Broadway musical expressions. This means that Chenoweth has a penchant for the bombastic ballads and songwriter Diane Warren's compositions serve her to a tee. "Wreck You" starts off slow before avalanching with an outburst of emotions of how love changes a person. This is high powered heart stuff set to music.
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Kristin seems to be able to capture her own spirit in any genre that she dives into. This album is a reflection of that.

Fathers & Daughters is a special track, especially for me who has four daughters of my own.

I'm so proud of Kristin, our own Broken Arrow, OK home-grown girl!
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Kristin has an awesome voice. I definitely respect her as a vocalist. Although, I was hoping for a lot from this CD, for me it didn't deliver. Unfortunately, the songs on this release do not showcase her voice and talent. Kristin seems to bounce around the genres on each release hoping to strike gold. I respect her creative choices, but we all must acknowledge when those choices don't really work. Well, this time she's doing the Country thing. It's not that the songs are bad songs, it's just that she isn't a country singer and can't really pull off the style convincingly. Putting these songs in front of, for example, Travis Tritt, Reba, Faith Hill or even Dolly (except she writes her own material), many of these songs could work. With Kristin, the songs seem somehow forced and, at the same time, like she's trying to parody country singers rather than be a country singer (definitely not what she has intended). This release reminds me a lot of what Barbra Streisand did in the 70s with Barbra's mediocre foray into the rock genre which didn't work for her singing style. As a singer, you have to stick to what showcases your vocals and avoid what doesn't.

Kristin's strongest CD is still Let Yourself Go. Broadway songs are her background and 'Let Yourself Go' both showcases her awesome vocal diversity and range, but at the same time is infused with her comedic timing. These qualities are rare in music and few artists can manage it. When Kristin wants to do this, she's a pro all the way and this is exactly where her voice shines. This is also where she should get back to. There is none of this at all on Some Lessons Learned.
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Just make my heart melt, each song with an story to share. My favorite is Fathers and daughters, after my father died of cancer this song make me cried and remember him. Thanks Kristin.
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I enjoyed her as an actress. But one day I happened across a show on TV that was playing some great music that really caught my attention. They finally announced who the artist was and I was surprised to find out it was Kristin Chenoweth. So I looked into it some more and found this great CD of her music. I enjoy listening to her sing, it's very melodic and clean and easy to listen too. Definitely looking forward to getting more of her music in the future.
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Kristin has an awesome voice. I was hoping for a lot from this CD, but for me it didn't deliver. Unfortunately, the songs on this release do not showcase her voice and talent. Kristin seems to bounce around the genres on each release hoping to strike gold. Well, this time she's doing the Country thing. It's not that the songs are bad songs in many cases, it's just that she isn't a country singer and can't really pull off the style convincingly. Putting these songs in front of, for example, Travis Tritt, Reba, Faith Hill or even Dolly (except she writes her own material), many of these songs could work. With Kristin, the songs seem somehow forced and, at the same time, like she's trying to parody country singers rather than be a country singer (definitely not what she has intended). This release reminds me a lot of what Barbra Streisand did in the 70s with Barbra's mediocre foray into rock which didn't work for her voice. As a singer, you have to stick to what showcases your vocals and avoid what doesn't.

Kristin's strongest CD is still Let Yourself Go. Broadway songs are her background and 'Let Yourself Go' both showcases her awesome vocal diversity and range, but at the same time is infused with her comedic timing. These qualities are rare in music and few artists can manage it. This is where her voice shines and this is where she should get back to. There is none of this at all on Some Lessons Learned. Some Lessons Learned delivers straightforward country songs sung in a straightforward way. There is no Kristin vocal flare on most of the songs, which is sorely missed.

If you're looking for an experiment in country, this could work.
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