Five years into a recording career though only 19, Jessica Andrews is confident on Now, which showcases a more mature artist—one who remains a powerhouse vocalist.

Five years into a recording career though only 19, Jessica Andrews is confident on Now, which showcases a more mature artist—one who remains a powerhouse vocalist. Even so, in can't-miss helmsman Byron Gallimore's hands, she's also a pure country pop singer, as evidenced on the ultra-contemporary girl-power anthem "There's More to Me Than You," the sonically interesting "To Love You Once," and punchy "Second Sunday." Andrews shines like a diamond on the Elton-esque "When Gentry Plays Guitar" and the blockbuster "Windows on a Train." Elsewhere, the bombastic "I Wish for You" is a calculated, vaporous stab at an event ballad, but the more subtle "I Bring It to You" and "They Are the Roses" both manage that feat better. Andrews is all grown up on the yearning "You're the Man (That Brings the Woman out of Me)," and the title cut owns a haunting melody. Sounds like Andrews' time is, indeed, now.—RW