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,…
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Unbroken

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+

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Originally posted Jan 04, 2010