Sounds like … modern pop and rock—sometimes heavy and arty, sometimes light and inspirational—closely resembling Avril Lavigne, Joy Williams, Rachael Lampa, Jaci Velasquez, and Vanessa CarltonAt a glance … Undisguised has some flaws, but it's generally an above average pop/rock effort with strong production values and some occasionally thoughtful songwritingTrack ListingBring It OnWhere You AreMore Than Enough (Amazing Love)Wounded KingUndisguisedEverything I Need You AreLove Is for AlwaysWork It OutYou Are the OneDear PerformerNever Been Unloved

Kara Williamson comes from a strong musical pedigree, having toured the country with her family to lead worship for much of her life. She's also gained prominent experience touring and singing with Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and CeCeWinans. But most people blinked and missed her short-lived 1999 stint with her siblings in the worship trio Three Strand, as well as her 2002 solo debut on Vertical/Integrity, simply entitled Kara.

INO is fortunately giving Williamson a second chance at a music career with Undisguised. She's teamed once again with her previous producer Peter Kipley (MercyMe), along with newcomer Jeff Roach (Trevor Morgan), but gone are most of the programmed pop elements reminiscent of Dido and Rebecca St. James that unfairly tagged her as a worshipful teen pop artist. Instead, Undisguised follows more of a guitar- and piano-driven modern pop/rock direction—not surprising since programmed teen pop acts like ZOEgirl, Joy Williams, Rachael Lampa, and Jaci Velasquez have all done the same thing.

Williamson co-writes most of the songs again, yielding some thoughtful and creative lyricism. The title track and album's theme refers to the twenty-something's perfectionist tendencies and our need to shed shallow ideals, admit our flaws, and find both redemption and purpose in the Lord. Especially poignant is "Dear Performer," Williamson's Dear John letter to the people-pleaser inside of her as she comes to fully embrace God's unconditional grace and acceptance: "Dear performer, I'm His beloved and I don't have to measure up anymore/And I don't ever have to prove I'm worthy/Cuz after all, isn't that what Jesus died for?"

p>The flowing "O Wounded King" is written like a modern hymn, based on a poem written by Williamson's mother and also seemingly inspired by graphic suffering depicted in The Passion of The Christ—"This scene of pain, the wail of tears/Seems too severe for the fragile ears/Still I choose not to turn away, lest I forget the price You paid." Another emotional highlight is "You Are the One," a sweet love song to Williamson's husband that could just as easily be perceived as a worship song to Jesus.