Christina Perri's debut album Lovestrong plays on the heartstrings of the love birds and the lovesick.
This collection by the inked singer is full of cutesy acoustic numbers and heart-wrenching ballads. Perri belts out well-penned lyrics with her perfectly imperfect voice, a captivating imperfection that conveys passion and raw emotion in its somber, scratchy naturalness.
Lovestrong is geared mostly toward the heartbroken. The album blends the angst and hurt of heartbreak into a melancholy masterpiece. Even the more upbeat love songs have a dark cloud hanging over them, with sorrow seeping through the sappy lines: "I've never truly loved 'til you put your arms around me/And I believe that it's easier for you to let me go," Perri sings in Arms.
Along with sap, the piano pop album employs quirky lyrics ("Like a soulmate, you're my penguin"), genuine expression and vulnerability. It isn't a dog and pony show; Perri displays her feelings with simplistic beauty, lovely to listen to.
This is an album you listen to when Cupid's arrows sting. Lovestrong should be sold with a box of Kleenex.
SYMONE BROWN, Lakewood High
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4 out of 5 stars