Down With Me

The last thing needed right now is yet another clique of videogenic teens with a penchant for crop-tops and hip-hop-inflected pop.

The last thing needed right now is yet another clique of videogenic teens with a penchant for crop-tops and hip-hop-inflected pop. Still, this female quartet from Tampa, Fla., has undeniable appeal. Perhaps it's due to the fact that the group wasn't thrown together by a svengali. Rather, the girls have been performing together for nearly 10 years. Many things can be manufactured in the studio, but natural chemistry is not among them. From the gospel-kissed opening strains of the act's reading of Smokey Robinson's "Who's Lovin' Me" to the sleek funk of "I Like the Way," PYT excels with playful, relaxed vocals. On the down side, there are too many times when the act fights to remain unique with songs that—while commercially viable—could easily have been cut by Destiny's Child. The good news is that the act boasts enough star-power to overcome that obstacle.—LF