Can't Take Me Home

Pink is twenty-year-old Alecia Moore's hair dye of choice and, for that matter, her skin color. She's got a dazzling, gymnastic R&B voice, without a hint of style that's all her own. Her debut has one awesome single in "There You Go," whose wronged-woman sass is set to a stop-start groove so bling-bling it redeems a chorus that ends, "Sometimes it be's like that." Beyond that, though, every melismatic groan, every clipped harmony, every post-Timbaland beat, every synth setting (like the "No Scrubs"-style harpsichord) is copped from some R&B hit of the last eighteen months. (The fiery internal dialogue of "Split Personality" would have seemed more original before Kelis' "Caught Out There," though.) She makes a pretty good Monica, but we already have one of those.

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