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Susan Justice, Eat Dirt
Capitol Records, March 26

04/12/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



This one’s Aruba’s answer to Taylor Swift, I suppose, though more like a bling-pocked Lisa Loeb on steroids. Her voice is the perfect organism for backgrounding the everyday routine of your basic 20something soccer mom, and the songs are warm and comfortable enough if you can survive past the overwhelming American Idol-ness of the vibe, in which she fixates on obvious puffy-cloud tangents of folding her dreams “into paper planes and flying them out the window,” to paraphrase one of her innocuous little tangents. I don’t see this progressing much further than as a one-or-two-single answer to Paula Cole; this girl’s harder edge has been spoon-fed to her by things like Fiona Apple and Avril Lavigne, but she only dares skirt the dark edges, sounding briefly fierce once in a while probably just to see the needles jump on the volume levels more than anything else. Music for wallpaper-shopping online. B —Eric W. Saeger
 






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