October 30, 2006 12:00 PM

The High Road

Like many teenagers, JoJo, 15, goes through a bit of an awkward stage on this, the follow-up to her 2004 platinum self-titled debut. She is still somewhat unsure of her identity, not certain whether she wants to be the next Beyoncé (the “Ring the Alarm” soundalike “The Way You Do Me”) or the next Christina (the “Beautiful”-esque “Exceptional”). And despite a voice bigger and bolder than your average teen-pop princess, she’s still at the mercy of producers and writers who sometimes take the hackneyed road. One of the best tunes, the charmingly innocent “How to Touch a Girl,” is the only one JoJo had a hand in writing. On this and the bittersweet hit single “Too Little Too Late,” she finds her musical comfort zone.

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