The following was originally published on Exclaim.ca.
By Jessica Lewis
Over a few listens, everything’s peachy keen, but that’s it. Made for sunshine and rainbows, UK-based Eliza Doolittle brings innocence, simple joy and gossip to the table. She’s got a good voice and a great deal of optimism (check “Rollerblades”), but if you want to be a pop starlet these days you’ve got to have some sort of an edge. “I’m not naughty, I tell the truth. Scared of what I don’t know, I just want to go home,” she sings on “Go Home,” but even Katy Perry’s bubblegum appearance is laced with irony, and more confidence. Doolittle’s got the catchiness down, but it feels like her diary’s been blown open and the doodles of stars and hearts have come pouring out. We need to hear the dirt and strife. It’s not ideal that this is what a pop star needs to resort to these days, but you do what you have to do. (EMI)