Picks and Pans Review: Vitamin C

updated 09/27/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/27/1999 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Vitamin C (Elektra)

This fine bit of citrus delight is the work of one Colleen Fitzpatrick, a twentysomething former New York University student from Old Bridge, N.J., who sings in an accent that at times sounds more East End London than South Central Jersey. And that's no knock since she seems to have gleaned the trill, and the myriad bouncy hooks on this album, from years of immersion in the Brit pop exports of the '70s and '80s. A former dancer and actor—as well as front girl of the early '90s New York City new-wave band Eve's Plum—Ms. C puts her acute pop sensibilities on display throughout a reggae-and dance-kissed disc that features a cover of the Split Enz classic "I Got You" and eight of her own nicely turned tunes. Highlights include the summer radio hit "Smile," "Turn Me On" and "Girls Against Boys," in which the lady C's good humor outshines her polemics.

Bottom Line: Juicy good and good for you

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