May 10, 2002 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a C

In the wake of the teen-pop bust, labels are signing female singer-songwriters again. Oops, it’s still girls they want. Carlton, 21, doesn’t sound a day over 17, whether she’s making TRL safe for sensitive pianists again or not. She’s almost got Tori’s intricate keyboard figures and edgy vocal style down, but there’ll be none of the famous Amos loopiness in these earnest self-help bromides. By the time Carlton incongruously covers the Stones’ ”Paint It Black,” you can safely predict her pink bedroom will go unvarnished. C

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