Picks and Pans Review: Miranda Lambert

UPDATED 03/28/2005 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/28/2005 at 01:00 AM EST

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Lambert, who finished third in the first season of the USA Network's reality series Nashville Star, makes her major-label debut with this more than respectable album. And while she'll remind you at times of Gretchen Wilson and Dolly Parton, this worthy 21-year-old Texan is clearly her own singer. In fact, Lambert had a hand in composing 11 of 12 tracks on Kerosene, including the haunting "Greyhound Bound for Nowhere," one of two tunes she cowrote with her father, Rick, and "What About Georgia," a song about an irresponsible man. While Lambert cranks up the energy level on "I Wanna Die," which leans toward country-rock, and the title tune, about a combustible personality, she seems more comfortable with subdued numbers, such as the conversational "Me and Charlie Talking."

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