Shontelle

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The press pumps up the fact that Shontelle is Barbadian, just like Rihanna, but her functional dance-pop material and temperate ballads could be delivered by any moderately talented vocalist from the Midwest. “Impossible” nearly reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100, yet it leaves no impression beyond the fact that it is a cathartic ballad of some sort, and the upbeat tracks, produced by the likes of Rodney Jerkins (Mary J. Blige, Brandy), Harry Sommerdahl (Lindsey Lohan, Celine Dion), and Bruno Mars' Smeezingtons (Justin Bieber, Travie McCoy), get the job done for the dancefloor but are lacking in character. “Kiss You Up,” a song co-written by MoZella and No Doubt's Tony Kanal, drifts with a gait so sluggish that any love interest would likely nod off by the second verse.

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