12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like many a Mouseketeer from the now-defunct Mickey Mouse Club, Bridgit Mendler’s rise to the spotlight happened with some help from Disney. She starred as a band's lead singer in the Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth and played Teddy Duncan in the channel's original series Good Luck Charlie. On her solo debut album, Hello My Name Is…, Mendler co-wrote all the songs. Fans might recognize her voice from her fictitious band Lemonade Mouth, but Mendler’s own music covers a multitude of genres while retaining commercial pop zeal. The opening song here, “Ready or Not,” is a readymade hit in which she infuses hip-hop-styled phrasing over reggae rhythms. She delves deeper into hip-hop pop in the verses of the slightly tougher “Hurricane,” sounding a bit like a tamer Lily Allen (save for soaring melodies in the chorus). Traces of electronica pepper the teenage love song “Rocks at My Window” before “5:15” throws down a soulful R&B-tinged ballad.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like many a Mouseketeer from the now-defunct Mickey Mouse Club, Bridgit Mendler’s rise to the spotlight happened with some help from Disney. She starred as a band's lead singer in the Disney Channel original movie Lemonade Mouth and played Teddy Duncan in the channel's original series Good Luck Charlie. On her solo debut album, Hello My Name Is…, Mendler co-wrote all the songs. Fans might recognize her voice from her fictitious band Lemonade Mouth, but Mendler’s own music covers a multitude of genres while retaining commercial pop zeal. The opening song here, “Ready or Not,” is a readymade hit in which she infuses hip-hop-styled phrasing over reggae rhythms. She delves deeper into hip-hop pop in the verses of the slightly tougher “Hurricane,” sounding a bit like a tamer Lily Allen (save for soaring melodies in the chorus). Traces of electronica pepper the teenage love song “Rocks at My Window” before “5:15” throws down a soulful R&B-tinged ballad.

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