Jolie & the Wanted

Jolie & the Wanted

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With her blonde tresses, blue eyes, shapely figure, and oh-so-perfectly accessorized, youthful sense of style, there's something VERY familiar about this comely country crooner. Hmmm, looks like a Barbie doll, sings generic country-pop, and has an image tailor-made for video? Got it! Change the hook of "Boom," the opening song on her debut album, from "Heart fall down go boom" to "Hit me baby one more time," and it's crystal clear: Josie is the country version of Britney Spears! Like her teen pop counterpart, Josie's sound has all the indicators of a pre-fabricated pop star: the homogeneous hooks skillfully crafted by a mostly anonymous team of songwriters, the slickly produced vocals, and just a pinch of tradition (the odd fiddle, banjo, and harmonica here and there) to give it a twist. It's all fine if you're into that sort of thing, but the album is completely lacking in soul -- as interchangeable with anything Britney's done as with the vapid country-pop pap churned out by Shania Twain, Faith Hill, and their ilk.

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