Writing Credits: Diane Warren, Victoria Shaw, Kristin Chenoweth
Label: Sony Masterworks
Number of Songs: 13
As an operatic with a killer soprano voice, Kristin had a challenge ahead of her to tackle a county twang. I am please to report though, that she passes the “test”: she nails every song – just as we have come to expect form her. Anyone who has a close relationship with their father will probably get misty-eyed on the tender “Fathers and Daughters.” Its soft-spoken vocals make the song that much more endearing. Then there are some more flirty-laced songs like the toe-tapping “What more do you Want.” The most obvious display of Kristin’s true talent shines through on “Borrowed Angels” and “Wreck You.” Both songs are spot-on “perfection”; one has a Christian bent (and appeared on her previous As I Am album), the other is a love-song ballad.
Hearing the title track – “Lessons Learned” might stir a memory in country music fanatics because Carrie Underwood also recorded it on her debut album. This track sounds just as great as the rest of the songs, but I have to be honest: Carrie nails the song, and I am not sure anyone could surpass her awesome pipes on this song. (Pardon me for a second reference to Carrie, but Kristin’s song “Fathers and Daughters” is also reminiscent of Carrie’s “All-American Girl.”) The listener can definitely hear the handful of cuts that Kristin’s operatic voice is struggling to be kept at bay. Nevertheless, the best part of the album is Kristin’s voice being showcased – something the instruments and arrangements allow for. “I was Here” is a barrage of easy sounds and a good start to this compilation. One of her better songs is “God and Me.” It’s a cute little ditty that wonders what God would say if we could invite Him to tea and question Him about the “pain of love.” In the lyrics, she talks about God creating the universe (very accurate) and His perfect design, but she also has the “disrespect” to suggest that she might be allowed to point out a “tiny flaw” in His otherwise grand design. And that might just be her only flaw on an otherwise flawless album. *smile*
Favorite Cuts: “God and Me,” “Wreck You” (don’t know why except that I love the vocals and music), “Borrowed Angels,” “Fathers and Daughters,” “What if we Never” and “Lessons Learned.” (If anyone is interested in purchasing the album, if you pick it up at Target stores, you get an extra two tracks.)