Jim Farber
March 12, 2004 at 05:00 AM EST

Baby Blue

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Mary Lou Lord
Producers
Rubric
We gave it a C

Lord performs assertive power-pop melodies on her new album, but she sings them in a voice so airy and indifferent, it takes away their punch. While vocals as frail as hers can communicate vulnerability or a coquettish charm, she lacks the expressiveness to bring off either, especially in her cover of the title song by Badfinger, which ends up sounding power-pooped.

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