Lovestrong

Christina Perri is absolutely fascinated by the dolor of her romantic life — and thinks you should be, too. The Philly singer-songwriter — who scored a smash with her single "Jar of Hearts" — has recorded 11 songs full of plodding tempos and tolling piano chords and stuffed her lyric sheet with "poetry" (that heady compound word, "lovestrong") and other florid turns of phrase. Lovestrong is sometimes insipid ("Like a soul mate/He's your penguin"), sometimes bombastic (the power ballad "The Lonely") and often both ("Jar of Hearts"). Perri has a serviceable way with melodies, but she is stiflingly self-involved — a depressive Colbie Caillat. As Perri herself might put it: She has "sometalent," but writes "crapsongs."

Listen to Christina Perri's "The Lonely":

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From The Archives Issue 1130: May 12, 2011