Lori McKenna -Unglamorous

Lori McKenna -Unglamorous
Artist: Lori McKennaReview: On her fifth release, this Massachusetts mother of five — andsongwriter for Faith Hill and Mandy Moore — boasts a perky, sharptwang reminiscent of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. She also has agift for detailed storytelling on tracks like “Falter,” a slowcountry-pop meditation on human failings, and the title track, acapable rocker that attests to her frozen-dinner lifestyle. Buteven this seasoned songstress occasionally gets stuck inunglamorous midtempo muck. Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Sara Bareilles -Little Voice
Artist: Sara BareillesReview: It’s tempting to simply applaud Bareilles’ capable FionaApple-on-Prozac homage for what it is: slightly edgy, stompypiano-based pop rock. That is, until she unfurls the earsplittinglyimpressive climax note of the Maroon 5-esque “Come Round Soon.”Whether banging away at the driving “Love Song,” turning slinky for”Bottle It Up” or getting contemplative on the gently orchestrated”City,” Bareilles’ writing voice is uniquely her own. Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Colbie Caillat -Coco
Artist: Colbie CaillatReview: In a landscape populated by lawless and unrehab-able female popstars, it’s easy to see the Everygal appeal of thistwenty-two-year-old MySpace sensation. Caillat sings about lettingher feelings show on a mellow acoustic-guitar-and-piano song with asoulful swing, but over a dozen bland, sunny tunes, it’s hard topin her down. Her songs are entirely inoffensive — that’s probablywhy she rocketed to Number One on the iTunes chart. Rating: 2 Stars[Lees verder]

Imperial Teen -The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band
Artist: Imperial TeenReview: So about that title. Hair: Jone Stebbins tours with her stylingscissors. TV: Roddy Bottum scored the defunct ABC series HelpMe Help You. Baby: Lynn Truell, nee Perko, is pregnant in herbooklet photo. Which leaves Will Schwartz as the band, stillharboring dreams that these veteran art-pop up-and-comers willsomeday be remunerative as well as catchy. Catchy they remain ontheir belated fourth album — also bright, dynamic, tender, brainy,unpretentious and civilly pansexual. But after… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Lori McKenna -Unglamorous
Artist: Lori McKennaReview: On her fifth release, this Massachusetts mother of five — andsongwriter for Faith Hill and Mandy Moore — boasts a perky, sharptwang reminiscent of Dixie Chick Natalie Maines. She also has agift for detailed storytelling on tracks like “Falter,” a slowcountry-pop meditation on human failings, and the title track, acapable rocker that attests to her frozen-dinner lifestyle. Buteven this seasoned songstress occasionally gets stuck inunglamorous midtempo muck. Rating: 3 Stars[Lees verder]

Sara Bareilles -Little Voice
Artist: Sara BareillesReview: It’s tempting to simply applaud Bareilles’ capable FionaApple-on-Prozac homage for what it is: slightly edgy, stompypiano-based pop rock. That is, until she unfurls the earsplittinglyimpressive climax note of the Maroon 5-esque “Come Round Soon.”Whether banging away at the driving “Love Song,” turning slinky for”Bottle It Up” or getting contemplative on the gently orchestrated”City,” Bareilles’ writing voice is uniquely her own. Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]

Colbie Caillat -Coco
Artist: Colbie CaillatReview: In a landscape populated by lawless and unrehab-able female popstars, it’s easy to see the Everygal appeal of thistwenty-two-year-old MySpace sensation. Caillat sings about lettingher feelings show on a mellow acoustic-guitar-and-piano song with asoulful swing, but over a dozen bland, sunny tunes, it’s hard topin her down. Her songs are entirely inoffensive — that’s probablywhy she rocketed to Number One on the iTunes chart. Rating: 2 Stars[Lees verder]

Imperial Teen -The Hair the TV the Baby and the Band
Artist: Imperial TeenReview: So about that title. Hair: Jone Stebbins tours with her stylingscissors. TV: Roddy Bottum scored the defunct ABC series HelpMe Help You. Baby: Lynn Truell, nee Perko, is pregnant in herbooklet photo. Which leaves Will Schwartz as the band, stillharboring dreams that these veteran art-pop up-and-comers willsomeday be remunerative as well as catchy. Catchy they remain ontheir belated fourth album — also bright, dynamic, tender, brainy,unpretentious and civilly pansexual. But after… Rating: 3.5 Stars[Lees verder]