Kristinia DeBarge, whose father, James, was a member of ’80s R&B-family hitmakers DeBarge, has already scored a top 20 hit: the featherweight kiss-off ”Goodbye,” which cannily samples one-off wonder Steam’s 1969 sports-stadium staple, ”Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.” It likely helped the 19-year-old land a gig opening for Britney Spears’ Circus tour beginning this August, though Exposed‘s airy, girlish pop — especially cotton-candy Casio grooves like ”Future Love” and ”Died in Your Eyes” — mostly recalls the female stars of her dad’s era: Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Paula Abdul, and (coincidence?) Exposé. B Download This: Listen to the song Goodbye at last.fm See all of this week’s reviews .
Kristinia DeBarge, daughter of DeBarge group member James DeBarge, failed to make the Top Ten round of American Juniors' first (and final) season. That was no obstacle for the aspiring performer. The show did not catapult any of its finalists to fame on the level of American Idol's Kelly Clarkson (or Diana DeGarmo, for that matter), and the early exit allowed DeBarge to be spared from performing a song titled "Cheeseburgers for Me." Six years after appearing on AJ, DeBarge debuts with Exposed, the first release on Babyface's Island-funded Soda Pop label.