Kristy Lee Cook, “Fifteen Minutes of Shame”


July 23, 2008

I’m going to come right out and say it at the beginning: I like the single.  Yes, Kristy Lee Cook was an instant punchline this season on American Idol, but she really impressed me when she sang Martina McBride’s “Anyway” on inspirational night.  There’s a certain style of country song that she could easily build a good career around, and she’s found one of them in “Fifteen Minutes of Shame.”

Here we have a boyfriend who has failed to meet expectations, but not to the point where he needs his car keyed or a dose of gunpowder and lead.    “Before He Cheats” and “Gunpowder & Lead” both work because they’re matched so well to the personalities and vocal styles of Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, respectively.  “Fifteen Minutes” works perfectly for Kristy Lee Cook, who operates on a more modest scale, as does the lyric that promises revenge through a song on the radio.

It’s the kind of song that Lorrie Morgan could’ve made a big hit back in her heyday, and quite frankly, we could use another understated vocalist like that.   I look forward to hearing more from her soon.

Grade: B+

Listen: Fifteen Minutes of Shame

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  1. MarkNo Gravatar says:

    i don’t like the song… i mean, i am tired of this subject… Miranda,Carrie,Sara,Kellie and Taylor sang this kind of song and much better.
    she lacks personality, i think she is a good singer but i don’t know if she will do well.

  2. LJNo Gravatar says:

    I thought one of the “catches” with being on American Idol is that you can’t release anything until the winner releases their debut?
    Am I missing something? (which is VERY likely)

  3. MarkNo Gravatar says:

    don’t know… Arista signed her, they have a lot of $$$$ so i am not surprised that she has her single already released…

  4. KevinNo Gravatar says:

    I think that rule is for album releases. I guess K Cook’s album will be released after D Cook’s.

  5. Dan M.No Gravatar says:

    Well, shoot; I guess we just have very similar taste in picture-picking when it comes to posts like these. Great minds and all that. Or maybe you’re homaging me but are too shy to come out and say it…either explanation works fine for me! Although I remember how hard it was to find any pictures of Kristy Lee in which she looked she was having any sort of fun (I guess being a national punchline takes a toll on one’s spirit, unless you’re Sanjaya), so the coincidence is not that uncanny this time.

    I like the single as well, though I still don’t get why she doesn’t just say what the dude did. But it is solid, and the vocal is better than I expected.

  6. LeeannNo Gravatar says:

    Her vocal is a lot better than I expected as well. I wasn’t really familiar with her, since I never caught an AI show, except for Dolly Night. Not bad.

  7. JarheadDadNo Gravatar says:

    Pleasantly surprised! I picked up on some of her country voice on AI but since she kept getting drilled for having it she tried to keep it out. Which pretty much messed her up. Nice to hear her singing the way she should. Bet it’s a big relief for her too.

    Yep! a very pleasant surprise!

  8. gabyNo Gravatar says:

    I tried to like it…its not horrible but I thought it was kinda stupid, she doesn’t seem to be angry or hurt or anything she just kinda sings it…i guess thats the understatedness you are talking about.
    I really wanna know what he did though…i think thats what bugged me the most, what did he do? What is she telling people?

    The shame, shame, shame, blame, blame, blame part i could do without as well

    Oh well, I’m sure I’ll end up singing along to it in the car at some point.

  9. Matt B.No Gravatar says:


    Kristy Lee Cook’s CD is scheduled for an October release at this point so it may just beat David Cook’s record. Maybe they’re allowing her to release it earlier because they’re both on big labels. David’s record is scheduled to be released in November.

  10. SamNo Gravatar says:

    I think Kellie Pickler’s album came out before Taylor Hicks’ too…

  11. TomNo Gravatar says:

    i wish they stopped serving “red bull” to singers and musicians when recording.

  12. TomNo Gravatar says:

    first, it was beer for the horses, now it’s chicks for the horse – anyone else out there that wants to be a horse in the next live?

  13. LynnNo Gravatar says:

    What happened to originality? Not just the subject matter (sounds like a slightly older Taylor Swift song), but anyone catch all the “You’re So Vain” (Carly Simon) references? The first line, the underlying melody? This drives me nuts and I feel like it’s everywhere these days.

    Kristy sounds like a mish mash of Miley Cyrus and Avril Lavigne. Two excellent country singers.

  14. lisadailyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow, love the title. It’s almost as good as this one:

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