Picks and Pans Review: Karina

UPDATED 08/25/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 08/25/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

First Love

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On "16@War," the first single off her debut album, this 17-year-old New York City native sings about why it's not always so sweet to be 16: "Why am I disrespected by someone I should call brother/And why girls feel unpretty and constantly hate each other." It's one of the highlights of this impressive introduction to Karina. But two old-school ballads on this R&B-pop set really showcase this diva-in-training's talent: "Slow Motion" and, best of all, the title tune, about how music is her "very first love."

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