Lea Michele has proved on "Glee" that she has one of the best young pop voices around. That makes the biggest challenge for her debut, "Louder" (Columbia), finding material strong enough to match her voice, a need made even more pressing by all the great songs she has already done on TV.
She certainly starts out strong -- with the current single "Cannonball," the clever dance pop of "On My Way" and the wrenching piano ballad "Battlefield." The songs get slightly weaker the longer "Louder" goes (she'd be better off doing Coldplay's "Yellow" than its faded copy-of-a-copy "Empty Handed"), but Michele certainly shows plenty of promise.
BOTTOM LINE Trying to find her own voice.