Hilary Duff - Hilary Duff

2006-03-30 02:13
 

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She's young enough, cute enough, just talented enough without being challengingly original. The American Family Values crowd can perve safely. Their new darling is not porno. She's just another pretty girl in a school uniform with plaits and a few hot songs.

Hilary may be the new Britney, but that doesn't mean she's a clone. Unlike Britney, she can act well enough to work in movies too. Unlike Britney, she seems comfortable with fame, and able to handle its consequences without embarrassing herself constantly.

So basically, what we have, instead of Britney's little girl lost, is a mature and more responsible take on a winning formula. There's no "oops" at all about Duff - her latest pop rock album (self titled this time) is a perfect fit with the musical times.

The first single, "Fly", echoes the rock mainstream as epitomised by Coldplay (everybody's doing it), but the song's message is positive, poppy, and uplifting.

And thankfully, Duff's songwriters have come up with more than just this smash hit single. The rest of the album is also highly listenable. "Do you want me" is surprisingly funky. The rest of the CD is filled up with pensive, alternative-flavoured verses sung with Dido-style softness, and hooky if predictable choruses that give each track a bit of a rock kick (take a listen to "Weird" in the clips box.) Her sister penned a couple of the tracks, notably the bitchy "Mr James Dean".

Hilary's strengths - namely being very cute, having a good voice, and knowing how to use it without squeaking or grunting too much - are well-suited to this kind of songwriting. The producers have taken what's cool now, and was once "alternative", and sold it in a pleasant pop package to the music mainstream. Her updated sound is more grown up, which means her fans (who're probably also more grown up now) will keep buying her music.

Duff is not to be dismissed just yet. But is she too manufactured to be of any real musical interest? Perhaps not, if her producers keep moving with the musical trends.

- Jean Barker


A while ago we asked the question: who is the new Britney? The answer is without a doubt Hilary Duff, star of the Disney / ABC show Lizzie McGuire, turned musician.

Bjorn 2005/08/30 2:03 PM
Kylie Clone? I have listened to some of Duffs tracks from both albums and yes it does contain a load of uplifting frothy tunes that may even make an impression on the early 20something market - It just echoes the old Kylie routine - looking at her website even starting to look like Kylie's long lost daughter.The pivotal difference is in the live performances- yes sure she pretty and she can act - live she doesnt have a voice to carry the edgier rock pop sound. In a time where record sales are plumeting and live performces starting to generate more credibilty - will she last? Or in 4 years will she succumb to the "I need to be grown up now" curse that has befallen all before her? Lindsay Lohan - Rumours
Goda 2005/08/30 2:36 PM
Kylie clone? Not sure about Kylie... she's a clone, but perhaps more of a blow up doll than of another human being? Goldfrapp's Supernature
xxxmwaxxx 2005/08/31 10:44 AM
Hilary Duff Hilary is far from a huge yawn she is an inspiration to many people (including myself) Her music can relate to our lives and people around us. All you have to do is HEAR the music I'd recommend simple plan!!!!!(both thier cd's)
Zinboo the Monkey General 2005/08/31 3:34 PM
Hilary Duff Hilary Duff is the new Britney Spears. And thats exactly where she went wrong. Her music is better than Britneys though. Give the girl a cookie! I'd recommend Electric Six-Fire
Da Oracle 2005/08/31 9:16 PM
Hilary Duff Rulezzzz!!! Yo! i have heard Hilary duff's music, and it's much better than britney's, trust me!! and No!!! Hilary Duff is no BIG yawn, she's a BIG Inspiration!! she acts much better than britney would ever, thats for sure!and hey! i'm Hilary Duff's Bigest fan, but not enough to go stalking her... :) all of Hilary Duff's music!
HILARY DUFF 2005/09/06 10:31 PM
WAKE UP I LIKE THE SONG VERY MUCH WAKE UP
HILARY DUFF 2005/09/06 10:31 PM
WAKE UP I LIKE THE SONG VERY MUCH WAKE UP
michelle 2005/09/16 1:39 PM
fly it's cool;
ALEX 2005/12/28 12:52 PM
DUFFY!! I LIKE HILLARY ALOT... I PREFER HER MUSIC, TO LINDSAY LOHAN ETC. SHE IS NO WANNABE AND SHE IS GREAT SO GO HILLARY... OH AND SHE'S A PRETTY GOOD ACTRESS.. SHE'S GOT IT ALL!!..
Val 2006/12/21 12:49 PM
Everything Hillary Duff is everything any girl dreamz 2 be! We love you Hillary!
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