Set to music, though, Voegele's words sound less like those of a doe-eyed cheerleader and more like the frustrations of someone who has been burned too many times by her crush's immaturity. She sings like a gutsier Michelle Branch. Voegele's monsoonlike growl on "I Won't Disagree" sells her passion far better than any words ever could, and the simple piano ballad "Kindly Unspoken" shows off her bluesy voice alongside lyrics that keep the teen drama to a minimum.
Voegele doesn't completely overcome all of her teen-pop qualities, but she doesn't have to. She writes lovelorn songs aimed at listeners who seek out such songs of heartbreak and loneliness. That she manages to say something of interest to those outside that demographic certainly bodes well for her future.
-- Catherine P. Lewis