From Friday’s The Oklahoman.
Delta Goodrem “Delta” (Decca Records)
Already an established actress and top-selling pop star in her native Australia, singer/songwriter/pianist Delta Goodrem makes her U.S. debut with her third studio album “Delta.”
Goodrem boasts a lovely clear voice, but the uneven and slickly produced album, clearly designed to appeal to mainstream radio, doesn’t do much to separate her from the Natasha Bedingfields and Colby Calliats already crooning over the airways.
Much of the album veers wildly from overwrought musical theater-inspired pop songs (“Born to Try”) to sleep-inducing adult contemporary love songs (“Angels in the Room”) to tuneless dance tracks with arbitrarily applied beats and sound effects (“Bare Hands,” “Possessionless”).
Fortunately, the album offers enough pop jewels among all the sludge and rocks to make it worth the effort to sift through it. The first single, the pop anthem “In This Life” isn’t particularly original, but it offers an appealing showcase for her sparkling voice.
The combination of Goodrem’s sassy vocals and a catchy beat on the dance track “You Will Only Break My Heart” will get you moving. She pours her heart into the poignant and contained ballads “Woman” and “I Can’t Break It to My Heart.”
But the album’s standout track is spirited run-away-with-me love song “Brave Face,” which can gracefully stand up to the kind of repeated play that pop radio favors.