During her years on the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up, Zendaya made a name for herself as a singer as well as a dancer and actress; "Watch Me," her duet with co-star Bella Thorne, made a dent in several Billboard charts in 2011. From Britney onward, Disney starlets are guaranteed a shot at a music career, and Zendaya's self-titled debut delivers sleek pop thrills with fewer growing pains than some of her predecessors suffered on their early albums. Led by "Replay" -- which evokes fond memories of Cassie's starkly catchy hit "U and Me" -- Zendaya is a streamlined, self-assured first effort.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares