Let the hate mail begin. We've never been a fan of "American Idol" - entertaining "reality" TV was that short-lived Britney / K-Fed series. Emphasis on the "short-lived" part. That said, we won't hold Allison Iraheta's "Idol" affiliation (fourth place in season 8) against her or her debut, "Just Like You" (19 Recordings/Jive). The 17-year-old graciously growls her way through 13 tracks, including the arena-ready "Pieces," a rollicking, Gary Glitter-sampling "Robot Love" and Pink-ish "Holiday." There are also a couple of ballads thrown in for good measure - "Scars" is a standout - and, through it all, Iraheta's voice is the star. She may sing "D Is for Dangerous," but this one earns a B+.

ALLISON IRAHETA

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"Just Like You"

GRADE B+

BOTTOM LINE So young, so raspy