• Record Label: Sony
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2003
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19

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  1. Christine
    Jan 13, 2005
    1
    As a bubblegum, wholesome pop star, she has her place - she's a necessary counterpart to the tarted up pop queens of today. But hearing her no less than BUTCHER these classics is excruciating. She completely misinterprets the emotional tone of these songs. They require a rawness, sexuality, life experience and grit that she will never posess. She may love these songs to listen to, As a bubblegum, wholesome pop star, she has her place - she's a necessary counterpart to the tarted up pop queens of today. But hearing her no less than BUTCHER these classics is excruciating. She completely misinterprets the emotional tone of these songs. They require a rawness, sexuality, life experience and grit that she will never posess. She may love these songs to listen to, but they do not suit her as a singer and she should realise that. Listen to her treatment of 'Sense Working Overtime' and prepare to be horrified. Expand
  2. Aaron
    Nov 20, 2003
    1
    Like the editor said, I'm afraid....very afraid.....of a another album of crap.
  3. Aphex
    Nov 3, 2003
    1
    I had the unfortunate displeasure of hearing this CD blaring from my roomates room yesterday. This CD is not just bad, it's Oh...My...God bad. You will be amazed at how effortlessly she destroys brilliant songwriting classics from Cat Stevens and Joe Jackson. I hope that Andy Partridge gets a chance to bloody her nose for destroying "Senses Working Overtime" too.
  4. larryg
    Nov 6, 2003
    0
    i'm not sure mandy moore is the most to blame for these songs sounding so comically awful. the producer surely deserves much of the blame for the album coming off like a muzak-karaoke nightmare from lounge act hell. the fact that a few truly great songs were covered (one might say "smothered," like waffle house hashbrowns, under a layer of cheese) here only serves to shine a glaring i'm not sure mandy moore is the most to blame for these songs sounding so comically awful. the producer surely deserves much of the blame for the album coming off like a muzak-karaoke nightmare from lounge act hell. the fact that a few truly great songs were covered (one might say "smothered," like waffle house hashbrowns, under a layer of cheese) here only serves to shine a glaring spotlight on ms. moore's vocal shortcomings. a very sad effort indeed. mildly interesting, occasionally humorous and entertaining, but ultimately sad. Expand
  5. KatieP
    Dec 26, 2003
    0
    Poor Mandy. She has a great voice, but gets suckered into doing bad songs, and terrible movies.
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Taking on familiar songs, though, always unearths the rough edges beneath the polish, especially when they sound flat wrong emanating from the mouth of America's peppiest nineteen-year-old.
  2. Moore's voice has grown stronger, she updates the covers with some youthful enthusiasm, and, well, these songs are hard to screw up.
  3. 80
    These are big songs, and Moore's voice fills them out spectacularly, without turning the enterprise into a retro stunt. [Nov 2003, p.117]