‘Idol’ Victor’s First Disc Hardly ‘Soulful’

Howard Cohen of the Miami Herald reviewed ‘American Idol’ champ ’s solo debut ‘Soulful’, giving it only 1 1/2 stars. Cohen writes played off Studdard’s song ‘No Ruben’ to offer the singer advice: “No, Ruben, do not allow producer Clive Davis to buff away whatever edge and grit your voice had on the TV show. On ‘Soulful’, you sound neutered and nondistinctive. That lifeless cover of ‘How Can You Mend a Broken Heart’ falls far short of the Al Green version you seek to reprise.”

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