Aselin. Not an ordinary name, but very fitting, as Aselin is not an ordinary girl. First, not everyone can sing with the power, grace and beauty Aselin's voice holds. Second, how many 14 year olds have 2 successful cd's, a few hit singles and countless incredible performances under their belts? Her songwriting talent is not ordinary either. It is not very often that you find a young girl sitting down to write folk/pop music with some of the country's greatest writers, nor is it often you realize that these songs are coming straight from the heart. Rather than being packaged into teeny-bopper songs about heartbreak, Aselin writes about what she knows, and thus, her songs are very easy to relate to. The first single, "Life", talks about trying to make it through tough times and do something right - a struggle so many young teens I know are going through right now. Almost everyone who knows someone with divorced parents can relate to "Faze", and anyone who thinks things are happening too quickly in the world understands "Had to Grow Up". People who argue with their friends and then regret it will find comfort in "Stupid Things" and "Thank you (4 Breaking my Heart)" and "The Friend in Me" also describe typical situations for dating teenagers. This kind of truth is not found in the average pop album now, yet another thing which separates Aselin from the rest. Still, some of they lyrics can be a bit juvenile and after a while, I've found the pull to listen to the album lessening. That doesn't mean I appreciate her talent any less though, and one thing I appreciate even more is how Aselin is not the ordinary pop star. Instead of getting caught up in the glitz and glamour, she is remarkably level-headed, and, as she writes on her website, "at the end of the day, I'm still Azi!"