Picks and Pans Review: Tristan Prettyman

UPDATED 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/22/2005 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Twenty-three is Tristan Prettyman's lucky number: She was born on May 23 and, at age 23, she has released this, her full-length debut. And with her soothing folk-pop sounds and sweetly understated vocals, this San Diego singer-songwriter is poised to be the next Jewel. First single "Love Love Love" is a bright, breezy ditty about romantic bliss that skips along an easy-going groove, while "Shy That Way" is a sexy, blues-hued duet with Jason Mraz, Prettyman's boyfriend and the song's cowriter. The disc boasts a warm, lightly rootsy feel, with bits of pedal steel, lap steel, dobro, harmonica and even ukulele accompanying Prettyman's own acoustic guitar. It all unfolds organically on tunes such as the dreamy love song "Melting," a spare ballad that puts the focus squarely on Prettyman's gorgeous vocal. Her less-is-more approach on twentythree is, as one track aptly puts it, "Simple As It Should Be."

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