This CD cover image released by Columbia Records shows "Louder," the latest release by Lea Michele. (AP Photo/Columbia)
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Lea Michele, "Louder" (Columbia Records)On some of the songs from her debut album, Lea Michele is convincing. "Empty Handed," co-written by singer Christina Perri, comes off like an unimpressive Coldplay cover, while other songs echo Kelly Clarkson, but lack the energy that Clarkson's learned to build on her songs.Michele, who has appeared on Broadway in "Spring Awakening" and other shows, gets it right on the piercing "Burn With You," where she sings: "I don't wanna go to heaven if you're going to hell/I will burn with you". She also shines on the slow piano tune "Battlefield," one of four tracks co-written by the exceptional Sia Furler (Rihanna's "Diamonds," Beyonce's "Pretty Hurts").
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