Cassadee Pope was the first breakout star on "The Voice," but can she duplicate that success without the network TV help? Her debut, "Frame by Frame" (Republic Nashville), seems to say "not yet." Pope, who had a major-label deal before with the pop-punk band Hey Monday, may want to claim a country base, but her vocals are still closer to Avril Lavigne than Carrie Underwood.
That makes songs like the single "Wasting All These Tears" feel hollow and misplaced, especially when placed against the genuine-sounding acoustic ballad "11." Pope is likable and has a nice-enough voice. Unfortunately, she rarely sounds believable here.
"Frame by Frame"
THE GRADE C+
BOTTOM LINE "The Voice" winner makes her country debut.