Exposed Kristinia DeBarge, whose father, James, was a member of '80s R&B-family hitmakers DeBarge, has already scored a top 20 hit: the featherweight kiss-off "Goodbye," which… Kristinia DeBarge Pop
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Exposed

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Kristinia DeBarge
EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Kristinia DeBarge; Genre: Pop

Kristinia DeBarge, whose father, James, was a member of '80s R&B-family hitmakers DeBarge, has already scored a top 20 hit: the featherweight kiss-off ''Goodbye,'' which cannily samples one-off wonder Steam's 1969 sports-stadium staple, ''Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.'' It likely helped the 19-year-old land a gig opening for Britney Spears' Circus tour beginning this August, though Exposed's airy, girlish pop — especially cotton-candy Casio grooves like ''Future Love'' and ''Died in Your Eyes'' — mostly recalls the female stars of her dad's era: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Paula Abdul, and (coincidence?) Exposé. B

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Originally posted Jul 22, 2009 Published in issue #1058 Jul 31, 2009 Order article reprints