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Picks and Pans Review: Paula Deanda

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Paula DeAnda
POP

In these times when teen stars graduate quickly to making tabloid headlines, it’s refreshing when a 16-year-old singer acts her age. Which is exactly what Texas-born Paula DeAnda does on a pop debut that should win over the Seventeen set. On the hip-hop-inflected first single “Doing Too Much,” featuring rapper Baby Bash, she wonders if she’s leaving her guy too many “messages and voicemails telling you I miss you.” The song, one of seven that DeAnda cowrote, plays out like a high-school girl’s diary entry, but taps into the insecure teenager in all of us. So does the bittersweet ballad “When It Was Me,” one of three tunes cowritten by Ne-Yo (“So Sick”). Sizing up her ex’s new girlfriend, a vulnerable DeAnda concedes, “I guess that she’s all right/If perfection’s what you like.”

DOWNLOAD THIS: “When It Was Me”