Irresistible

Sony has its sights set on nothing less than super-stardom for its reigning pop princess, Jessica Simpson.

Sony has its sights set on nothing less than super-stardom for its reigning pop princess, Jessica Simpson. The groove-laden first single, "Irresistible," is already flying high on the charts, with a brace of potent soul-stompers and romantic ballads waiting in the wings. Her high-caliber duet with labelmate Marc Anthony, "There You Are," is an obvious choice, as is the resplendent, skyscraping "When You Told Me You Loved Me," which showcases the 20-year-old's voice in full bloom. Simpson demonstrates her maturing manner and vocal prowess on the attitude-laden ode to '80s funk "What's It Gonna Be," where she solicits, "I wanna know where we stand/Are you gonna be a dog or a gentleman?," another bid for chart domination. It's all in fun here, but expect nothing less than a full-on assault in the year to come. A great step forward for youth pop and sure footing for this glamorous talent.—CT