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Picks and Pans Review: Kristinia Debarge

updated 08/03/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/03/2009 01:00AM

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Her father, James DeBarge, was in the '80s sibling group DeBarge, but there's nothing about this 19-year-old that will remind you of those matching mullets. Instead, Kristinia DeBarge's winning debut, fresh and seemingly sun-kissed, makes her this summer's answer to Rihanna. The two share a similar vocal timbre and the same pop charms. First single "Goodbye," an undeniable dance-pop confection, recalls Rihanna's "SOS," reworking Steam's 1969 hit "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" much like "SOS" did "Tainted Love." Meanwhile, another Babyface-produced track, "It's Gotta Be Love," slyly borrows from LL Cool J's "I Need Love."

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