Released on Monday, Feb 23 2009
Published Sunday, Jan 25 2009, 12:30 GMT
| By Nick Levine |
Popstars generally hate being compared to their predecessors, but in this case it can't be avoided. Shontelle
is beautiful, she hails from Barbados and she's a purveyor of radio-friendly R&B music. Furthermore, she was discovered by Sturken and Rogers, the production duo who groomed another Bajan pop hopeful, and she even tells a Rihanna anecdote in her official biography. Shontelle, so the story goes, once made poor Ri Ri do press-ups in cadet camp. The meanie.
'T-Shirt', her debut single, is a cute midtempo R&B tune with lyrics about popping on your boyfriend's top when you're missing him. It sounds like it was produced by Stargate, the Norwegian hitmakers behind Rihanna's 'Take A Bow'
and Chris Brown's 'With You'
, even though it actually wasn't. Original? Nah, not in the slightest. Likable? Absolutely - though Shontelle's vocals lack the distinctive bit of rough that helps her countrywoman to stand out from the crowd.> Click here to watch the 'T-Shirt' video