A great way to find your voice
The Voice finalist Rachael Leahcar. PictureMatt King/Getty Images.

Welcome to the next instalment of albums from The Voice competitors and your chance to own the performances from your favourite finalists. While winner Karise Eden hung in at No. 1 for a fourth week in a row on the ARIA charts with My Journey, Darren Percival's Happy Home made its debut at No. 3, Rachael Leahcar's Shooting Star at No. 5 and Sarah De Bono's No Shame came in at seven.

Each of the trio has a different audience and these albums must be viewed in context with the show, given most of the 10 tracks of each are covers lifted directly from the live performances.

De Bono already seems musically defined as the hip and potentially edgy pop singer. She has plenty of personality and her album hangs together well, whether she's doing Jessie J or pulling out a nicely remade Whitney Houston cut in How Will I Know. No Shame earns 2.5 stars out of five.

Rachael Leahcar's purity of voice will appeal to an older market and those who love the likes of Charlotte Church or Tina Arena. At the same time her cover of Jewel's Hands proves to be the album's special moment followed not far behind by Duffy's Warwick Avenue. Two stars.

Darren Percival is the stylish, polished, classic-voiced singer who can look towards anyone from Michael Buble to James Taylor or an American country singer. His extensive experience shows and he can really lick a tune in a variety of styles.

What's really exciting are Percival's original songs, particularly the yacht rock-styled title track he wrote with Thirsty Merc's Rai Thistlethwayte. Percival should make an album with the singer, writer and pianist because the tracks he plays on Happy Home are infectious and joyful. Given Percival's love for the positive and uplifting, they're a perfect match. This is the best of the lot, three stars.

Across the board, the studio tracks have so much more energy and sonic depth than the live cuts but it does put your focus on the voice, which is what The Voice was about. These are all listenable albums, none of which are truly terrible, but it is how these artists present themselves on a full- throttle studio album of new material which will really show what kind of musicality and voices they have.

The West Australian

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