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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Album Review: Karina

Karina Pasian's debut album 'First Love' was released today, which I LOVE. Hailed as a younger Alicia Keys, Karina impresses on her thrilling debut. She's worked with an array of top notch producers such as Tricky Stewart, The Dream, Rico Love, Ryan Leslie, Gordon Chambers and her label mate Ne-yo. In the opening number '90's Baby', Karina proudly emphasises being born in the 90's, which is pretty impressive considering she has the vocal prowess of someone much older. The bouncy dance number doesn't display Karina's amazing singing skill but the song is infectious with an equally catchy hook. The same can also be said towards the Lil Mama-assisted 'Baby Baby'. The pop-tinged R&B cut 'Can't Find The Words' is backed by a rhythmic piano and showcases a more mature side to the 16-year-old. And that maturity is further displayed on lead single '16 @ War' which is a great representation of Independence and Self-Consciousness. The message behind the track is phenomenally inspirational.

Pop ballad 'Winner' is one of the few songs that showcases her vocals as confident and dominating as is the case with the sweet-natured 'The Love We Got'. With every note she sings, she makes the song believable. Winner has gorgeous arrangements and a great pop melody. 'Can You Handle It' deals with the insecurities that often plaque a relationship. The song is a cool midtempo R&B number that sees Karina allowing her more mature side to take over yet again. Power ballad 'Slow Motion' is the track that seals Karina as the extraordinary vocal talent that she truly is. She sings the song with so much poise, raw emotion and passion which makes for a pretty compelling song. The hairs on your neck will literally stand up. 'Can't Bring Me Down' has a more soulful edge and the album closes off with the slinky R&B number 'First Love'.

I've been telling you guys about this girl for awhile now. Now she is here, support her and go out and get this CD. Artist like her do not come around often, and I refuse to let a a "Real" artist fall by the waist side and allow pro tool depending artist to have staying power. Check out this live performance at a radio station below: