Music Review: Diana DeGarmo, "Blue Skies"
by Scott Juba
Published: January 18, 2005
Quite simply, Diana DeGarmo can sing. When it comes to belting out a tune, few can do it better than she can. Although DeGarmo reaffirms that fact on her debut album, “Blue Skies”, the material that she’s given to work with is far from stellar. Nearly all of the tracks on the disc lack depth and are ripe with clichés.
Forced to sing songs that conform to the bubble gum style of teen pop radio, DeGarmo’s artistic voice is stifled by the dumbed down nature of the lyrics. In addition, after she did so well performing Latin style music on “American Idol”, it is a major disappointment that not a single track on “Blue Skies” even remotely resembles a Latin sound.
Having had the opportunity to interview DeGarmo last year, I can honestly say that she is one of the nicest people in the entertainment industry. She’s also one of the most talented, and that’s why she deserves to sing better songs than the ones on “Blue Skies”. I sincerely hope that DeGarmo is given more freedom to choose better material for her next record, because “Blue Skies” is the biggest waste of talent that I have heard in some time.
Overall Grade: C