It doesn't get much girlier than Smackers (known as Lip Smackers by everyone past their early teens) lip gloss, so for them to present (e.g.: cross-promote) Girl Next, a collection of ladies-only teen pop, makes perfect sense. Considering its title, it's fitting that Girl Next focuses on the youngest and newest teen pop acts -- there's no Britney or Christina to be found here, and the most venerable acts are probably the Cheetah Girls, Aly & AJ, Hilary and Haylie Duff, and Kelly Clarkson (whose acoustic version of "Breakaway" is a Girl Next exclusive). Highlights include JoJo's "Baby It's You," the Veronicas' "4Ever," Jeannie Ortega's "Crowded," and "When There Was Me and You" by Vanessa Jane Hudgens (aka Gabriella from High School Musical). Smackers and this collection are both sweet, shiny fun.
AllMusic Review by Heather Phares