Christina Milian

It's About Time

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Do you remember Christina Milian? Probably not. In 2001, the former junior journalist for the Disney Channel landed a single called "AM to PM" on the charts. It fared moderately well, while the album it came from did not. Three years later, Milian returns in her early twenties and marks the occasion with a clever and ubiquitous slice of high-class raunch called "Dip It Low." This turns out to be the biggest -- but not only -- highlight of her second album. It falls somewhere between Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love and Jennifer Lopez' This Is Me... Then in sound and scope, and yet it isn't quite as remarkable as either. Bloodshy & Avant, the two primary producers who reprise their roles from Milian's first album, hand the singer at least three other songs that have the potential to be played on radio and television with at least half as much frequency as the lead single. This should push her well beyond one-smash-and-out status. The club tracks work best and easily outrank the slower songs. Despite the album's handful of bright spots, Milian will need to be more convincing during the ballads next time out in order to be considered a true force.

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