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In Brief

** 1/2 Merril Bainbridge, "The Garden," Universal.

November 03, 1996|Jean Rosenbluth

With her bellybutton-baring outfits and applied-with-a-trowel makeup, this Australian export looks about as substantial as a lettuce sandwich. But her debut album is stuffed with meaty, creatively produced pop, from the naughty hit "Mouth" to the enigmatic "Under the Water." Only toward the end, with a couple of blah, been-there ballads, does the record begin to sound like she looks.

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Albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor) to four stars (excellent).

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