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UNBROKEN UNDERWHELMS Vocal issues put a damper on the Idol runner-up's album

UNBROKEN UNDERWHELMS Vocal issues put a damper on the Idol runner-up's album

The Idol runner-up’s pleasant-but-unremarkable vocals can’t elevate this tepid collection. The moody visuals of ”Keep Drivin’ ” fit the breathier parts of her range well, but too many tracks are victims of oversinging: Katharine McPhee is aiming for ”quirky” with Unbroken but landing in ”musical-theater ingenue aiming for quirky” instead. Worse, what is potentially the most interesting song here (”Last Letter”) is hollered almost entirely off pitch. Uh, dawg? C+

DOWNLOAD THIS: ”Keep Drivin’ ”

Originally posted January 4 2010 — 12:00 AM EST

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