Here's a prediction: In the not-too-distant future, Jessie J is going to release a brilliant pop single. The 23-year-old Brit (who recently had her Stateside coming-out party courtesy of a gig on SNL) has all the tools, from a monster voice to an ear for hooks she co-wrote Miley Cyrus' ''Party in the U.S.A.'' and a manic persona that's equal parts Katy Perry, Kristin Chenoweth, and Alice Cooper. But now here's a fact: That song isn't on her debut album.
Instead, Jessie's outside-the-box persona gets buried under maximalist production and mainstream themes like bullying (''Who's Laughing Now''), girl power (''Do It Like a Dude''), and materialism (the sunny ''Price Tag,'' a No. 1 single in the U.K.). But hope springs in the gorgeously paranoid ballad ''Big White Room'' lifted live from an acoustic performance in London earlier this year which offers the promise of a gifted singer ready to ditch the flash and show us who she is. B