Jim Farber
January 23, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Because I Can

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Katy Rose
Producers
V2

We gave it a B-

Teens are famously sarcastic. So why is much of the music manufactured for them so literal-minded? Happily, 17-year-old Katy Rose spends much of her debut rolling her eyes like a real kid. ”I need a shower when I look at you/You sting and hurt like a new tattoo,” she tells a suitor. She likens her life to ”some cheap champagne/My glass is full but it tastes like s — -.” If only the neo-new-wave production and Rose’s conversational vocals had as much sass.

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