Laura Bradley

Storm

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Canadian-born, Miami-based singer Laura Bradley debuts about a decade too late with 2005's Storm. Had this record come out in the mid-'90s, Bradley might have fit in nicely among the likes of Paula Cole and Sarah McLachlan, providing a slightly more aggressive and rockist version of their glossy AAA radio pop that might have positioned her as Pat Benatar to their Laura Branigan and Stevie Nicks. Ten years later, however, Bradley's first album simply sounds oddly out of date. Storm is filled with lackluster commercial pop tunes given sparkling arrangements and production (Michael Penn collaborator Patrick Warren is responsible for the string arrangements) and topped with Bradley's anonymous, adequate voice. A former beauty pageant contestant with the statuesque blonde looks of TV actress Kristen Johnston, Bradley is an entirely competent singer, songwriter, and musician, but there is so little personality on display on the forgettable Storm that her talents are never fully displayed.

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