Kristin Chenoweth, "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)"

28 May

So, have you heard?  Tony-winning Broadway actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth will release her first country album, Some Lessons Learned, on September 13.  Will it be any good?  Well, the woman definitely knows how to sing and entertain, and she’s working with some good songwriters (including the legendary Diane Warren).  A Randy Travis duet is also in the works, which is another encouraging sign.  At any rate, it comes as a surprise that she and her label have churned out a debut single that is, in all honesty, utterly wretched.  Jaw-droppingly terrible.  Abysmally atrocious.

It sounds like the amazing award-winning talents of Kristin Chenoweth were taking a siesta during this recording session, because all I hear is a cacophony of screeching and whining swamped in excessive auto-tuning.  Her performance on this track is shrill, thin, and downright painful for the ears to hear. 

But even if Kristin had delivered a world-class vocal performance, there would still be no saving this song.  “I Want Somebody” is meant to be about a woman’s search for unconditional love, but it ends up a stupid rattled-off laundry list of ‘I-wants,’ which range from dull, to cheesy, to flat-out ridiculous.  From “I want somebody I can bitch about” to “I want somebody who can make me insane, completely crazy,” this is an awful song.

“I Want Somebody” is thoroughly finished off by a grating, overcrowded arrangement, thus driving the final nail in the coffin, and ensuring that this abhorrent single is an epic fail from every angle.  If Kristin Chenoweth ever wants to be taken seriously as a country artist, then some major re-evaluating of strategies is in order, because this here is definitely not working.  Listen at your own risk.

(Scores are given on a scale of 1 to 10)

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in Single Reviews


13 responses to “Kristin Chenoweth, "I Want Somebody (Bitch About)"

  1. Ben McDermott

    May 28, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Hate this review,….you don't have a clue what you are talking about. This is a total smash! Big summer ladies anthem! The hook is insanely catchy and Kristin sings her a** off on this! Go *itch about another song..cuz this one is a HIT!

  2. Ben Foster

    May 28, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    So, I take it that anyone who disagrees with Ben McDermott just doesn't have a clue what he's talking about? Kind of egotistical, don'tcha think?

  3. Anonymous

    May 29, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Yea. Ben McDermott is not presenting himself very well.

  4. Matt Bjorke

    May 30, 2011 at 4:12 AM

    Honestly, that "Ben McDermott" person is just a super fan of Kristin and no different than the blinded fans of any artist. IE if you dislike anything or say anything bad, they're gonna come at ya and try to discredit ya, just like a political debate.

  5. CJ

    May 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Ben McDermott person whoever you are, if you disagree with a review or an article, it would be more effective if you state your arguments rather than simply throw insults at the critic. Discussions will then be more intelligent and civilized, don't you think?

  6. Ben Foster

    May 30, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I think one brief chiding is sufficient. From here on out, let's have comments be about Kristin's single instead of about Ben McDermott, 'kay?

  7. Zack

    May 30, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    LOVE Kristin Chenoweth, so I'm a bit biased, but I do feel that this song does try to be a little too country. Chenoweth could do great with a country song without trying to sound too country, but here she doesn't do justice to her vocals, then again I'll probably put this on my iPod.Sounds a little too much like a fusion of "Last Name" and "Songs Like This," though. I would've probably given this somewhere between a 3-5… As I'm a K.C. fan, and a bit biased…. though this song isn't great in my eyes, I do look forward to her country album.

  8. Mom

    June 6, 2011 at 8:59 AM

    Ben McDermott is absolutely correct! This song has a great hook – and who can resist KChen? I can't wait for the album!

  9. Kay Bee

    June 22, 2011 at 12:04 AM

    Kristen should stick to what she's so good at – which is Broadway show tunes! Her foray into country sounds awkward and uncomfortable. In my opinion, it's not a genre of music in which she excels. Come back to Broadway, Kristen! It's where your voice truly shines!!

  10. Anonymous

    June 24, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Kristin Chenoweth is amazing! She is multi-talented and brilliant! The song is meant to be funny and entertaining which she pulled off! It also showed her dancing talented. She is known for her Broadway career but her roots ARE country!

  11. Robby

    July 4, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Naturally not all songs are for everyone, I found this sound very entertaining though I can see how it is a song that you can either relate/ enjoy or find annoying and terrible, and there are a multitude of other views on this song I'm sure. However I do disagree with the review in part of the opinion aspect, the song was simple in form and in many ways a list. Though I did greatly enjoy it :)

  12. C~

    July 4, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Oh, shut up. It's cute. They can't all be tear jerking masterpieces. Get over it.

  13. Ben Foster

    July 4, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Did my criticism lie in the simple fact that this song is not a tear jerking masterpiece? No, it obviously did not. It's a crappy song, plain and simple, characterized by chaotic production and some astonishingly bad singing.


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