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This week, Brooke White, High Hopes and Heartbreak.
High Hopes & Heartbreak
Pop (June Baby)
No one who saw White sing “You’ve Got a Friend” on Season 7 of American Idol will be surprised by the Carole King-ish piano-pop tunes on her post-Idol debut. Additionally, no one who’s heard a song sung in the English language will be shocked by White’s lyrics, which tend toward shopworn ruminations such as “everybody makes mistakes.” High Hopes & Heartbreak does contain one unexpected highlight, though: White’s lovely soul-folk take on Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” Karaoke it ain’t. B —Mikael Wood
DOWNLOAD THIS: “Use Somebody”