April 24, 2006 12:00 PM

Daniel Powter

POP

Daniel Powter’s self-titled debut makes a great case for downloading singles: There is nothing here remotely as good as “Bad Day,” the peppy slice of piano pop that’s become a No. 1 hit. While “Bad Day” may be catchy enough to overcome its trite lyrics (“Tell me your blue skies fade to gray/Tell me your passion’s gone away”) and by-the-book hooks, the rest of this disc isn’t as fortunate. The Canadian singer-songwriter’s keyboard-driven songs, such as “Jimmy Gets High,” come off like pale imitations of Elton John, and his faux-soul delivery will leave you hankering for Gavin DeGraw.

DOWNLOAD THIS: “Bad Day”

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