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: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Feb 4, 2015
    10
    Esse álbum me cativou de uma forma tão incrível que nem sei explicar, pode ser meio fraco em várias faixas que se dão na sua tracklist, masEsse álbum me cativou de uma forma tão incrível que nem sei explicar, pode ser meio fraco em várias faixas que se dão na sua tracklist, mas tem suas pérolas escondidas como Empty Handed, The Bells, Thousand Needles, Cue The Rain... Expand
  2. 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 theI 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
  3. 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 whenYou 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
  4. Mar 8, 2014
    9
    É muito difícil não dar uma nota boa para esse álbum, Lea canta divinamente bem. Uma artista completa e esse álbum parece ter sido tão bemÉ muito difícil não dar uma nota boa para esse álbum, Lea canta divinamente bem. Uma artista completa e esse álbum parece ter sido tão bem trabalho e mostrando que é maduro suficiente para todos os gostos. Expand
  5. Apr 9, 2014
    8
    ¡Excelente album! Creo que la mezcla de estilos hacen que este album sea tan especial y aunque tenga letras con tantos cliches de amor no¡Excelente album! Creo que la mezcla de estilos hacen que este album sea tan especial y aunque tenga letras con tantos cliches de amor no quita la emocion... Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2015
    6
    With a vocal range spanning 2.7 octaves and one semitone, it's been clear since Glee's pilot episode, when overconfident, arrogantly ambitiousWith a vocal range spanning 2.7 octaves and one semitone, it's been clear since Glee's pilot episode, when overconfident, arrogantly ambitious teen Rachel Berry first opened her mouth to sing, that Broadway alum Lea Michele has a brilliant voice. Effortlessly out-singing veterans of the pop world, Michele's mighty soprano is just too good for the pop charts (if you discount the constant Glee singles that chart). It's never been more evident than in Michele's début album, an excellently preened but emotionally unsound record which outstays its welcome by about five tracks. It's true that there are a few successful tracks (tribute If You Say So being the emotionally resonant stand-out) but the rest of the songs are boring, tired and extremely dated (surprising when seeing the writers on the album, all very successful songwriters). Tracks like Cannonball (the oddly chosen lead single which totally cannonballed on release) and Don't Let Go are agreeable but bland, mediocre melodies mixed with easily forgettable lyrics, though Michele's towering vocals are sang with the usual fervour one expects from the Glee actress.

    Overall, Louder is a unexciting record with so-so tracks, though the occasional bursts of inspiration and Lea Michele's awe-inspiring vocals shine through and outweigh the bad. Let's hope one day Lea finds that little spark to really ignite a prodigious album.

    BEST SONG: If You Say So
    WORST SONG: Cannonball
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  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 BritneyAbsolutely 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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