Shannon Curfman Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions

At the age of 14 this young woman has released her first blues-rock album, a collision between Bonnie Raitt and Pat Benetar (which is better than it sounds), which is a shame. She proves she has some grown-up talent and demonstrates it effectively on her own "Never Enough," one of the few places she softens things down to showcase her voice – surprisingly soulful for such a little sister. For the most part, however, it's questionable material played loudly. Curfman clearly shows her age and meagre roots as a young girl raised on Top Ten radio. Yet, it is impossible to not be blown away by her larger-than-life, soulful pipes and skilled guitar chops. (Arista)