Sticks & Stones (2012) 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… 2012-10-23 Cher Lloyd Pop Epic
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Sticks & Stones (2012)

OVERSEAS SENSATION The U.K. pop star has made a blast on the U.S. music scene and judging my her latest album, she's here to stay
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OVERSEAS SENSATION The U.K. pop star has made a blast on the U.S. music scene and judging my her latest album, she's here to stay
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Oct 23, 2012; Lead Performance: Cher Lloyd; Genre: Pop; Production: Epic

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
Originally posted Sep 26, 2012 Published in issue #1227 Oct 05, 2012 Order article reprints