The music is the same innocuous stuff that you'll get from most hot blonde teen pop princesses. You know how it goes - when you hear the line "The beat of my heart" you can be pretty certain it'll be followed by "It tears us apart" and you wouldn't be wrong.
The music barely says anything at all and though it hasa bit of a kick, its digitally manipulated rock-pop tunes (and the odd house beat on zippy remixes of big hits) are all as easy on the ears as Hilary is on the eyes.
But though the music is harmless, Hilary Duff may not be. Why? Well, she played George Bush's inauguration and implicitly supports the USA's wars with appearances for military associations - see pic. She's not as harmless as she looks. Just ask Lindsay Lohan!
On the plus side, Hilary's also involved with various charities, including animal rights charities - she really loves animals so much that she even put a picture of herself and her mini-dog pet in the album art.
But what about the music? Look, that was pretty much covered by the first two paragraphs. Since you ask, here's more on that...
Musically, this is just silly fluff that is actually pretty pleasant, if you're honest. But the lyrics are beyond dumb. Take for example these for "Mr. James Dean": "Why don't you stop trying so hard? / Cause there's no men man enough to be / another James Dean".
Aside from the appalling grammar .... does Hilary know that James Dean was gay? It's laughable that - given her admiration for James Dean - she'd align herself with a conservative movement that often quite explicitly opposes gay rights, and has even revoked a few gay rights (like gay marriage in California for instance.)
If any of her music had been as socially opinionated as her agents would like her to seem, maybe she'd actually be important enough to consider a "star".
Still, the album is exactly what you'd expect. If you liked her radio hits, there's plenty more just like those on offer here, but it really is very, very silly music.
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID
her voice has neither the spunk of Lindsay Lohan nor the power of Kelly Clarkson, and there isn't enough here to warrant a purchase if you're already the owner of her back catalogue.- Talia Kraines for BBC
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