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Picks and Pans Review: Under These Rocks and Stones

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Chantal Kreviazuk

Judging by her sparkling debut album, this 24-year-old from Winnipeg, Man., may be the next Alanis Morissette—or Rickie Lee Jones, or Joan Osborne. In fact, Kreviazuk might want to consult a rock-and-roll therapist; on these dozen varied tracks she exhibits more personalities than Sybil. Close your eyes and you’ll think the lyrical ballad “Grace” is Rickie Lee’s; “Co-Dependent” suggests a song by blues-belter Osborne; “God Made Me” echoes Morissette. When it comes to musical influences, Kreviazuk, who writes her own songs, has impeccable taste. Only time will tell if she can also stand apart from the crowd. (Columbia)