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‘Louder’ Lea Michele

On some of the songs from her debut album, Lea Michele is convincing. On others, it’s like she is acting.

The “Glee” star, known for her big voice, provides the pipes on “Louder,” but some songs sound empty and don’t show much emotion or personality from the 27-year-old talent.

The dance-flavored title track is typical and forgettable, as is “Don’t Let Go.” “Empty Handed,” co-written by singer Christina Perri, comes off like an unimpressive Coldplay cover, while other songs echo Kelly Clarkson, but lack the energy that Clarkson’s learned to build on her songs.

Michele, who has appeared on Broadway in “Spring Awakening” and other shows, gets it right on the piercing “Burn With You.” Instead of yelling, she works her voice nicely on “Thousand Needles,” building it up when needed, but hitting softer notes to provide balance.

Michele closes the album with the ballad “If You Say So,” which was inspired by one of the last conversations she had with her “Glee” co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith, who died after overdosing on heroin and alcohol last year.

The track is somewhat chilling and worth a listen, but while the rest of “Louder” features a big voice, most of the time Michele isn’t saying much.

– Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press

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