Picks and Pans Review: Because I Can

updated 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/23/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Katy Rose

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Seventeen-year-old Rose tries to be the missing link between Avril Lavigne and Liz Phair on her debut disc. Unfortunately, despite all her bad-girl posturing and jaded-beyond-her-years attitude, she has yet to develop her own musical identity on these crunchy rockers and power-pop ballads. The singer, who cowrote all 12 cuts with her dad, musician Kim Bullard, comes off as a whining wannabe on tracks like the rockabilly-ish "Catch My Fall": "My glass is full, but it tastes like s---." Still, on the bluesy, acoustic-guitar-driven "Original Skin," Rose shows the potential to forge her own unique style.


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