I'll Be Fine


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I'll Be Fine Review

by Bret Love

It's a joke among music critics that, whenever a band's bio claims they're big in ___________ (Sweden, Mongolia, enter favorite remote locale here), it's because nobody in the U.S. has ever even heard of 'em. So while Finnish native Janita has been a singing sensation in Scandinavia since the age of 15 -- with all the awards, Top Ten hits, and adoring fans that may entail -- that means a whole lotta nothing when trying to break through in America's crowded musical marketplace. She certainly seems to have all the right ingredients for success: stunning looks, a sensual voice, and a cool adult contemporary sound that brings to mind faves like Everything But the Girl, Sade, and Swing Out Sister. Unfortunately, there just doesn't seem to be much substance to go with the impeccable style, and while the soulful jazz-pop sound goes down smooth enough, there's nothing here to make it stick out among the aforementioned artists in your CD collection. Not bad, but certainly far from memorable.

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