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Milian, Christina : Christina Milian
A new 'Pop Idol'? Could be...
talent (she wrote 'Play' for J-Lo), and now a debut album that sticks rigidly to the sherbert-snorting
p op formula of Britney and Christina, and hammers it for all it's worth.
Not that it's such a bad idea. You may have already got the idea with the genius single 'AM to PM',
but there's something about Christina Milian that suggests that beneath the froth, there's a certain
depth of soul. In the past, she provided the hugely infectious chorus on Ja Rule's breakthrough hit,
'Between Me & You', and their beauty and beast partnership is repeated here, on LP opener 'Get Away',
with similarly excellent results.
Everywhere you look there's consistently chart-molesting pop. 'Got To Have You'
and 'When You Look At Me' point to a future of Janet Jackson-style
longevity, while 'Twitch' (sample lyric: "Is there something in your
eye/'Cos you twitch when you look at mine") is remarkable for being what may be the first
ever song about someone with a facial tic. What's just as promising, is that alongside
a production credit list that reads like a who's who of the chart alchemists, it's still
Milian's name that tops the list of executive producers.
If the 'Pop Idol' makes a record half as good as this he'll be declared a
national hero. On current form, for Milian, genius can't be more than a few albums away.
Character studies and ready melodies abound in the latest record by the Oxford quartet
A battle-like record where fear and dread rule
Another gripping Pedro Almodóvar mystery, full of vibrant visuals and emotional revelations
The Californian succeeds, once again, in exposing the ugliness of mankind. It’ll get under your skin