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"For The Girls" Kristin Chenoweth

by Gio Battaglia - 89.1 The Point
Wed, Oct 9th 2019 12:00 pm

When you are a critically acclaimed Broadway superstar, anything is possible. Kristin Chenoweth is a well-known actress, the peak of her career being in the early 2000s with her roles in musicals such as “Wicked” and “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She has kept herself relevant with guest appearances on shows such as “Glee” and the television special “Hairspray Live!” Now in 2019, she is back in the swing of things with a brand new cover album; one similar to the 2018 Cher album, “Dancing Queen,” consisting of cover songs. 

Chenoweth crafted, “For The Girls,” to pay homage to artists who have shaped her career such as Doris Day with her cover of “When I Fall in Love” to Barbara Streisand’s “The Way They Were.” These songs have influenced her recognizable voice today. 

Chenoweth chose songs that are easy to listen to, mostly piano and guitar ballads, potentially to suit her lower range which is not normally heard. 

This album does a good job of restoring Chenoweth’s voice to a younger generation that has not heard this from her in a while. 

“For The Girls” was initially supposed to be a solo album, but with voices such as Reba McEntire, Jennifer Hudson, Dolly Parton and Ariana Grande, there is never a reason to not collaborate. 

The connections Chenoweth shares with these artists on this album is undeniable, the reason we always sing along and have such a deep connection to “I Will Always Love You” is revisited in this album with Parton. Grande and Chenoweth create an unforgettable duet with “You Don’t Own Me,” which does a perfect job of mixing both vocals. 

Having Grande on this album also targets Grande’s fans to be more enticed to hear what their favorite singer is doing and be introduced to a class act voice such as Chenoweth. After that song though, it will be mainly focused on an older generations, as most of the collaborations and songs on the record are ones to be recognized by your older relatives. 

However, fans that take the time to listen to classics will appreciate this album because it is evident Chenoweth put her heart and soul into this album, capturing the messages the original artists intended to put into these songs.

I think this album does a very good job of weaving Chenoweth’s bright and recognizable voice with the classics, they are loved and recognized by everyone mixed onto one record that could advance to a top three best in her discography.

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