Louder - Lea Michele
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  • Summary: The debut solo pop release for the Glee actress includes production from Chris Braide, Kuk Harrell, Anne Preven, John Shanks, and Stargate.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Feb 28, 2014
    72
    Lyrically, Louder is rather one-sided, as she often sings about the perils of relationships, over and over, in ways that we've all heard many times at this point. Still, it's a solid effort that shows she has promise as a bona fide pop artist.
  2. 67
    It's hard to be that mad at Louder, because it's so admirably and lovingly crafted.
  3. Mar 18, 2014
    60
    While the turbo vocal bursts on “You’re Mine” and “Burn With You” blend nicely with the poppier elements, several of the tracks, including the burbling “On My Way” and the title tune, feel a bit too calculated and anonymous in their production approach.
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    42
    Sadly, a compilation of tracks randomly culled from the best Rachel Berry solos recorded for the show would yield a stronger album than this one made up of originals.
  5. Apr 3, 2014
    40
    Like a showtune from Wicked, Louder serves as an above average power-pop album that you can bust a lung trying to sing along to without any of that pesky “thinking” to get in the way.
  6. Throughout the album, Michele doesn’t so much sing as trumpet like an elephant eager for the charge. Her voice has more need than vulnerability, more anger than understanding.
  7. Feb 28, 2014
    30
    Her attempt at breaking out as a solo artist has been rocky--lead single "Cannonball" sank like one--and this album of insta-dated EDM-pop anthems and half-cocked bass drops probably won't help her cause.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    I loved the whole album. I connected to Lea's voice and the overall sound of the album. I was happy with the uptempo songs and some the ballads has me in tears. Burn With You was my favorite followed by Battlefield, If You Say So and On My Way. I didn't skip any songs. I did like some songs more than others, but overall the entire album is really enjoyable. I find it funny that a lot of critics are saying she sounds to perfect or too broadway. It's almost like they are faulting her for having a great voice. I'm glad she can sing well ( on this album and live) because too many artists today can't. I love all genres of music and this album is a great addition to my my music collection. Expand
  2. Mar 6, 2014
    10
    You know, I haven't heard this album - But I've heard her sing and therefore know this album cannot deserve such a low score. Especially when you see some of the horrible albums that receive great aggregate scores on Metacritic. Yoko Ono? Please. I don't really listen to this music but she's talented and and such a low score is clearly a lemming-like trend by critics not wanting to be the one to disagree. Look at the scores in other mediums. Movies, TV shows, and video games all have lots of yellow and red scores, but in music it's all green except for a few targets of critic vitriol. All critics are disgruntled for not being able to work in the medium they critique, but music critics are the most disgruntled, and, in fact, lower types of human beings. Expand
  3. Mar 7, 2014
    9
    Cannonball is a great listen. Although her album was not as commercially successful as everyone hoped, her songs are still not bad. Even though Cannonball surprisingly does not showcase her powerful belts, it is still a good listen to as it showcases her emotions and she can also handle the song live. Expand
  4. Mar 4, 2014
    9
    We must recognize that Lea gave her best on the album highlighting her voice, even though she has only written three songs for the album, 3 show the pure feeling and strength, then we should not say it was an empty album because the songs however they have been only 3 showed a strong emotion to be recorded. Even songs like "Cannonball", "Battlefield", "Thousand Needles" and "You're Mine" seemed to have been written by her, the only emotion she gave the song with his voice! Expand
  5. Mar 5, 2014
    6
    The album is not great, but Lea's voice is perfect and there are very memorable songs, like "On My Way", "Battlefield", "You're Mine", and "If You Say So". A nice first album for her, although it could be so much better, with a better production and lyrics. Expand
  6. Oct 11, 2014
    5
    I tried so hard to like this album... but sorry, Lea. I mean, your voice is still amazing as ever, but unfortunately it's wasted in this overproduced and generic album. Expand
  7. Mar 4, 2014
    0
    Absolutely senseless and empty album. The girl has a fine voice which she uses in record of monotonous songs in Cathie Perry and Britney Spears's style. The first single of 'Cannonball' was ideally written (unfortunately, not Michele), however a hit of the first size didn't become. No wonder, it only copy of 'Diamonds' of Rihanna. The only song which is noteworthy - 'Empty Handed' written by the singer of Christina Perri.

    Result: for nothing spent time for listening of not less empty album. 0/10 .
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