ALBUM REVIEW: Katharine McPhee – ‘Hysteria’

Smash starwalt delivers infectious pop album…

You may have forgotten the short-lived musical TV drama, Smash, but the star of the show Katharine McPhee has been hard at work on a brand new solo pop album.

‘Hysteria’ marks her fourth studio album since becoming runner-up in the fifth season of American Idol and is full of catchy pop bops. It is a must have for all popa-holics, with tracks like ‘Hysteria’, ‘Only One’, ‘Fiction’ and ‘Lick My Lips’ oozing radio-friendly pop.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a pop album without some deep songs too and McPhee delivers this on powerful ballads, ‘Break’, ‘Round Your Little Finger’ and ‘Love Strikes’. ‘Appetite’ also adds a little layer of sexiness too the album revealing that McPhee isn’t afraid to flaunt her confidence just like other pop girls.

As for getting people on the dance-floor, ‘Damage Control’ is bound to set the floor alight. It’s probably my favourite track on the album, yes I’m a sucker for a good dance song.

If marketed well, ‘Hysteria’ could be the beginning of a successful new pop era for Katharine McPhee. Radio success isn’t the be-all or end-all though, as it’s still one pop gem of an album.

Best Tracks: Damage Control, Hysteria, Feather, Fiction, Break, Only One.

Overall Rating:
8.5/10

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