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Picks and Pans Review: Kristin Chenoweth

updated 05/09/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/09/2005 01:00AM

SPIRITUAL

As I Am
[STARS 3.5]

Understated, thoughtful and delicate going on intimate, this album is a splendid showcase for the varied talents of singer-actress Chenoweth, a Tony-winning performer who recently starred on Broadway in Wicked and has a recurring role on The West Wing. Chenoweth's carefully cultivated, soaring soprano is ideally suited to the religious numbers ("Poor, Wayfaring Stranger," "Upon This Rock") that make up a major part of the CD. There's also a great country singer in the romantic "It Will Be Me," and while "Taylor, the Latte Boy" is too cute ("Bring me Java, bring me joy"), its theatrical bent allows Chenoweth to display the skills that have won her raves onstage.

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