‘Breakfast Club’ star’s album underwhelms

By Katie Finlon

Molly Ringwald, famous for playing Claire from the John Hughes movie “The Breakfast Club,” released a jazz standard album—I guess weirder things have happened.

Ringwald’s 10-track album “Except Sometimes” debuted Tuesday. The album had jazz standards like “I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)” and “Exactly Like You.”

I’ll say this right off the bat: I have never listened to any of Ringwald’s previous material. It’s not like I didn’t like this album—it just wasn’t of my listening taste.

For these standard tunes, I was expecting to hear a darker and deeper woman jazz vocalist’s voice, something similar to Aretha Franklin; however, Ringwald has a lot brighter of a voice than I was anticipating.

Whether that’s a good thing or not, I’m not sure—that’s for you to decide. Personally, I just couldn’t get into it for that particular reason.

I will admit, Ringwald’s bright voice worked for one tune in particular. Her rendition of “Pick Yourself Up” was surprisingly catchy. It sounded characteristic of Ringwald—very upbeat and youthful—and she did a good job of playing that up. It sounded like she legitimately enjoyed singing it.

At the end of the album, Ringwald did a jazz cover of “Don’t You (Forget About Me),” and that wasn’t bad. It was an original way for her to recognize her roots in fame.

After all, that tune was written specifically for the soundtrack of “The Breakfast Club.”

If Ringwald had some vocal substance, I would’ve enjoyed this album a lot more—but considering what she’s done in show business since age 16, I can only say bravo to her.