Nina Malkin
August 09, 2002 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Whether offering sociopolitical commentary or glimpses at her own exposed nerves and broken heartstrings, this NYC-based singer-songwriter steers clear of sap. Sharp carps but never whines: Her lyrics are wry (see the album title), her voice is strong, and she keeps the music mostly bouncy. When it comes to smart-girl pop-rock with a slightly twisted bent, best displayed on the twangy ”Dirty Magazine,” Sharp can cut it.

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