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Nineteen-year-old Jordin Sparks may have won American Idol what seems like ages ago, but the singer is still churning out albums, the latest being BATTLEFIELD -- her ode to staying strong in the face of failed relationships. The record is filled with song after song about a girl who is mistreated by her guy and finally finds the courage to say enough is enough. Though she doesn't use foul language to get her point across, Sparks makes no bones about telling bad guys to get lost; for example, on "It Takes More," Sparks sings, "I've settled for less when I've stayed with you, but no more / 'Cause you ain't worth waiting for."
Is it any good?
You've gotta hand it to Sparks: amid a sea of American Idol contestants (not to mention other young singers her age), she continues to stand out. She gives another great vocal performance on this record, and better still, her songs actually sound somewhat original and distinctive compared to the mountain of synth-pop albums by her peers. Highlights include the catchy beat of "Walking on Snow" and the cool arrangement of "Watch You Go."
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