Katelyn Dawn may not have won Canadian Idol, but she placed high enough to give her a taste of musical stardom, and encourage her to keep going. The Manitoba-born singer-songwriter (and Canada’s Top Model semifinalist) certainly has the singing chops and the good looks to get a boot in the door. Though we prefer her with just a guitar, singing soulful acoustic numbers like “Hallelujah”—which she played on a showcase for the Discovery Channel—her own style leans more towards Taylor Swift than the great Leonard Cohen. “Rescue Me” is as mainstream pop as it gets—soaring, airbrushed, and just a little cloying. We recommend sultrier, minor-key fare like “There You Go Again.” “Best of Me” is as catchy as it is sly—Dawn’s breathy coo entrances while guitars thrust like daggers. Although the singer is prone to sweetness (if you think you heard the words “cocoa kisses” in her song “Puzzle Pieces,” you are correct), she’s best when she saunters in with a bad attitude.