Gina G. may want to be Madonna
, but her admiration for the queen of dance-pop is so unabashed and affectionate, it's hard not to be suckered into her debut, Fresh
. From its self-consciously controversial cover art, featuring Gina
smeared in chocolate, to its relentless barrage of bouncy, up-tempo dance-pop, Fresh
is an homage to early Madonna
, and while it doesn't quite have the same level of songcraft as "Holiday" or "Borderline," it is undeniably infectious. The hit single "Oooh Ah ... Just a Little Bit" is a lightweight piece of fluff that nevertheless sticks in your head -- it's a great guilty pleasure, as is the rest of the album. Though it hearkens back to the mid-'80s, its bright, cheery, and unabashedly lightweight pop made Fresh
sound fresh in the late '90s.