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Katharine McPhee's 'Unbroken' is out of sync

Katharine McPhee's sophomore CD, "Unbroken" (Verve), is the aural equivalent of the "American Idol" runner-up's trying on a series of ill-fitting outfits. Though she's glammed-up for her videos and CD cover, McPhee mistakenly tries the laid-back style of Colbie Caillat for "Had It All" and attempts an oddly faithful cover of Melanie's "Brand New Key." Her voice is good, but it feels misplaced on the pop twist to "How," which could easily be a country hit for someone else. Only on "Faultline" do her material and voice seem to sync up, and that's where McPhee finds her footing.

KATHARINE McPHEE

"Unbroken"

GRADE C

BOTTOM LINE Bland pop that sounds kinda broken

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