Sara Paxton may not be a household name yet, but mention the name Darcy Fields to anyone under the age of 14 and you're likely to get an earful. For those in the know, Darcy's Wild Life follows a rich and precocious Hollywood teen who moves to the country with her movie star mother to learn how to farm and "get real." The hit Discovery Channel dramedy has spawned a soundtrack, and with multi-million-dollar production team the Matrix on board, Paxton seems poised to follow in the footsteps of former teen queens Avril Lavigne and Hilary Duff. While Darcy's Wild Life relies heavily on Jackson 5 knockoffs like Nicholas Jonas' "Crazy Kinda Crush On You" and American Juniors' amped-up remake of "ABC," Paxton's rousing "Take a Walk" and folksy "There for You" are the obvious stars. Sandwiched between forgettable remakes of "Walking On Sunshine" and oddities like "Monkey Man" by the Specials, both feature confident vocals and an instantly likable naïveté that will serve her well in future endeavors.
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AllMusic Review by James Christopher Monger