Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Kristinia DeBarge 'Exposed'


I wanted to do a review of this album because there is a fair amount of hype around this young one. Not only is she a member of the legendary DeBarge family, people are also throwing around comparisons between her and Rihanna [which is understandable after listening to the lead single, Goodbye]. I wont say that this chick is without talent, but I will say that the lip-synced, heavily produced performance on So You Think You Can Dance a few weeks ago had me a bit skeptical. Is Kristinia DeBarge just as manufactured as the early Rihanna? I think so. The only thing that separates the two is that Kristinia can actually sing! As with any other 19 year old music act, I didn't expect her to have much writing credit for her album. And my suspicions were proved correct as she is listed as a co-writer only on two tracks, "Cried Me A River" and "Its Gotta Be Love", with Babyface. After about halfway through the album its clear that Kristinia is more comparable to Jordan Sparks who both worked with front man to OneRepublic, Ryan Tedder. Over all, the album is OK. Its good for kids to listen to [which explains the heavy rotation on the Disney channel], but as always, I'm more so interested in longevity. What will the Billboard charts say next week? What amazing things will this album yield? And I know I'm jumping the gun, but what will the next album sound like? How long will she keep the squeaky clean image? We shall see ladies and gents, we shall see.


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