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Adam Markovitz
October 01, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Sticks & Stones

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Cher Lloyd
genre
Pop

We gave it a B

The battle plan is familiar by now: British talent-show star wows on TV, storms the U.K., then calls in the black-ops pop production team for a siege on the U.S. charts. Sometimes it works (One Direction, Leona Lewis); sometimes it doesn’t. (JLS, we never even knew ye.) U.K. X Factor finalist Lloyd has enough charisma for both sides of the Atlantic. With her manic lowbrow sass — tiresome at length but lovable on singles like ”Want U Back” — she makes these street-laced pop tracks her own in Sticks & Stones. B

Best Tracks:
Want U Back
Swagger Jagger

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