Jim Farber
July 28, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Kina

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kina
genre
Pop

We gave it a B+

Revenge fantasies don’t come catchier than Kina‘s ”Girl From the Gutter” from her self-titled album. With its rousing guitar lines, soaring vocal, and ”triumph over adversity” lyrics, ”Gutter” has the goods to be this year’s ”You Oughta Know” — and it’s not the only hot track on her solo debut. The onetime member of Brownstone has forsaken her old girl group’s R&B style for a bright pop-rock sound. Few black women have succeeded at carving out careers in rock & roll; Kina certainly deserves to. B+

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