While she is a competent singer, I never felt her convey the emotions of the songs. During The Closest Thing To Crazy I can't hear her pain and the lyrics, written by the producer, don't help. She sings about "feeling twenty-two, acting seventeen," as if there's some great difference in those years for a young woman, and maybe there is, but this song didn't illustrate them. My Aphrodisiac Is You has got good lyrics, but again, there was an emotional disconnect from the song and the singer. I don’t feel her passion or sexuality like I do from Alanis Morrisette or Tori Amos.
Katie needs to explore herself more, which will come with age. I do think that if she works harder and find material that fits her better, she can grow as a singer. She needs to work with the right people who want to help her develop instead of dealing with a producer just trying to sell a record. There's nothing wrong with commerce, but Katie comes across wanting to be an artist, someone in the foreground, not filler in the background.