06/18/2001 at 01:00 AM EDT
Amanda may look like the latest product off the Britney Spears
factory floor, but she isn't. First, she's an import (from Sweden); second, her debut disc of slick power pop comes wrapped in the snow-white mantle of the virginal anti-Britney, Mandy Moore
. Amanda,16, attempts a Moore wholesome image with several tracks that argue strongly against teen sex.
But wholesome doesn't necessarily mean boring. On her first single, "Everybody Doesn't," a let's-take-things-slow jam, she admonishes, "If I loved you I would/ If you loved me I wouldn't have to." With her no-nonsense take on teen life, this diva junior grade keeps things real on girl-power anthems like "You Don't Stand a Chance" and the sassy "No Pressure," which is set to a rousing tango backbeat. But Amanda falters on routine boy-crazy tunes like "Call Me" and "Crush on You," which reflect the bland if radio-ready production of Swedish hit-makers BAG (98°, Jennifer Lopez
). Alas, Amanda even takes a trembling step into Spearsland on the candy-coated ballads "If I Open My Heart" and "Start It All Over Again."
Bottom Line: Swede thing