Halfway through Christina Perri’s debut album “Lovestrong,” it occurred to me that, while the music is strong and melodic there was something precluding me from truly enjoying it. At first I thought it may be the forced, often strained lyrics, which strive for bluntness but instead just sound awkward, but it eventually occurred to me that I was having an adverse reaction to Perri herself. It’s not that the performer is untalented, it’s that I found her self-conscious candor and self-righteousness off-putting, which obscured the strengths of the music itself. “Lovestrong” is the rare type of album that would sound much better in the hands of a different performer, even if it isn’t bad or even subpar.
Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)
You can watch the video for “Jar of Hearts” here: