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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Ashlee Simpson / Audio CD released 2005-10-31 at Polydor Group

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      17.06.2012 12:45
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      definatly one to have!

      I must admit that the first track of this album, 'Boyfriend' has always been one of my favourite songs, which is partly why I purchased this album. 'Boyfriend' has long been one of my favourite songs for a long time because of it's awesome 'rocky' sound, and Ashlee's attitude and confidence showing through in 'Boyfriend'. The whole of this album has a great rocky sound actually, adding to Ashlee's 'rock chick' persona of her previous albums. Ashlee manages to keep her music 'sexy and feminine' at the same time as having a rock chick persona which in my opinion is brilliant and pure talent. Guitars are a main instrument used in the background of Ashlee's music among others. Ashlee's songs are tuneful, without being catchy to the point of being annoying, which is brilliant as this separates Ashlee's rock/pop music genre from the catchy, annoying mainstream songs. Although Ashlee creates a rock/pop genre, her songs do go to show how much love, passion and ambition she has to show for herself. Ashlee's songs aren't over sexual, but they aren't too childish either, so this album is great for teens and 20's. Ashlee's songs show her great personality and talent, down to the ground.

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        19.01.2009 00:19
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        great second album by ashlee, very catchy and infectious

        After buying Ashlee's first album I quickly became a fan. I watched her TV program, I'd even go on youtube to see if she had performed on any TV shows, so I could listen to her sing live. When I got my hands on 'I am me' I was overwhelmed with excitement, I didn't think she could pass my expectations, but she did. The album rocks, it's one of my favourite albums ever, and I love every song on it. Each and every song is addictive, whether it be the brilliant opening to 'Boyfriend' or the funky repetitive chorus of 'L.O.V.E' there is much to love about this album. You get the fun side of Ashlee and you get the serious side of her, in which she expresses in the track 'I am me'. Ashlee has developed into an artist with this record, and you should expect energy injected choruses, sometimes silly lyrics, but most of all a very fun time! Her raspy lyrics makes it worth while, and she definately shines. I recommend 'Boyfriend' 'L.O.V.E' 'Dancing alone' and 'Coming back for more'. A very solid second album

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        06.12.2008 23:20

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        Good music

        I Am Me by Ashlee Simpson

        I have chosen to write a review o this album as it is one of my favourite in my CD Collection.

        I used to be addicted to the ashlee Simpson reality TV show as it showed her growing up and coping with her family and pressures of becoming a celebrity in the public eye.

        This album is her second album and really has some great tracks.

        TRACK LIST-
        1. Boyfriend
        2. In Another Life
        3. Beautifully Broken
        4. L.O.V.E.
        5. Coming Back For More
        6. Dancing Alone
        7. Burnin Up
        8. Catch Me When I Fall
        9. I Am Me
        10. Eyes Wide Open
        11. Say Goodbye
        12. Kicking And Screaming
        13. Fall In Love With Me

        The first track boyfriend is probably my favourite as it is really upbeat and great to sing along to. I also love the song l.o.v.e as this means something special to everyone.

        I have to admit I prefer the first album if I'm honest.

        Still overall some great music

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        03.02.2007 16:02
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        Another good offering from the girly pop rock genrre!

        Throughout the last two years of my career as a Celebrity Gossipmonger, one thing that has continued to puzzle me, even more than the question of why Chantelle let Preston propose to her with the same ring that he gave to Camille, or even why Lindsay Lohan is apparently unable to wear knickers, is the slow evolvement of Ashlee Simpson in to her older sister, Jessica.

        When Ashlee first emerged as a solo artist back in 2004, she was keen to reject all the values that her sister had adhered to; the long blonde hair, the tanned skin, the heavy makeup, the unhealthily diminutive waistline… Ashlee made it clear through her appearance and lyrics that she was nothing like Jessica and the overriding message of her album was “this is me, take it or leave it!” Gratifyingly for her, the public, well, took it, and Ashlee was an instant hit on the music scene. The old Simpson sound was out and the new one was very much in.

        This is why, with Ashlee’s popularity soaring and her unique image and music ensuring her a legion of fans, it is a mystery to me why Ashlee then decided to reject her old self in favour of transforming in to a Jessica clone. First to change was the hair, with Ashlee suddenly transforming herself from a sultry brunette to a platinum blonde; next the natural, porcelain complexion which Ashlee sported for her first album was replaced with a golden tan and some perfectly applied makeup; finally, to complete the look, Ashlee lost apparently overnight what looks like approximately two dress sizes and began to take on a stark resemblance to her older sibling.

        Now, although this new look appears to demonstrate a complete submission to the pressures of the media that suggest a star should be beautiful, tanned and skinny in order to make it, which contrasts entirely with the message that Ashlee was generating through her debut album, Ashlee’s new look would be easier to handle and less of a mystery if it were not for the fact that this new transformation appears to extend also to Ashlee’s music.

        Whilst Ashlee’s first album showcases a strong rock pop sound with attitude and a certain emphasis on the ‘rock’, this new album shows a gradual progression to a more laid back rock/R&B/pop sound. Ashlee’s single from the album, Boyfriend, is quite misleading, as it still demonstrates quite am aggressive rocky sound, yet throughout the rest of the album the rock is more diluted and the pop much more prominent.

        There are, I have to admit, two sides to this transformation. The advantage of this new sound over the old one is that the main downfall of the old album was that there was a lack of variation in sound, yet with this one the sound is much more varied and features moody rock anthems, upbeat R&B tracks and real, heartfelt ballads; however, with this new change, the album is also less consistent than her first offering. Although there are some great tracks on this album, the good tracks are never quite as good as the best tracks from the first album. Consequently, each album has its own downfalls which are rectified on the other; if the albums were mixed together, with the best tracks from each combined to create one album, then that would be the perfect, five star album, yet as it stands I would say that, while ‘Autobiography’ just tips my vote, both albums are good efforts, warranting a nice four stars each. Although I would happily welcome back the old Ashlee sound, this experimental, upbeat album is definitely worth a listen with great variation of sound and some good strong tracks.

        BOYFRIEND is the first track off the album and is a fun, upbeat rock/pop track with lots of attitude. Ashlee’s aggressive, surly vocals complement the track perfectly and match the assertive lyrics that feature Ashley rectifying the lies that a friend has been spreading about her and telling said friend “I’m bigger than that no you don’t have my back… I didn’t steal your boyfriend”. This is a feisty, upbeat track with a heavy guitar baseline and strong, catchy chorus. This is definitely one of the strongest tracks on the album. 9/10

        IN ANOTHER LIFE begins with a strong rocky feel with heavy guitar backing and more shouty, aggressive vocals, however it soon launches in to a more poppy chorus that, although fairly strong and upbeat, lacks the energy and attitude of ‘Boyfriend’. However, as a pop track it is still very listenable and Ashlee’s vocals are strong and pull it off brilliantly. 7/10

        BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN begins with a gentle guitar backing and wistful, heartfelt vocals before launching in to a strong yet emotive chorus. It is not exactly a ballad but more of a gentle rock/pop track which showcases Ashlee’s great vocal range. The lyrics are not fantastically deep and meaningful but the heartfelt vocals suggest that they mean a lot to Ashlee and are straight from the heart. Overall this is, although not as memorable a some other tracks, a simple and beautiful track. 8/10

        L.0.V.E is one of my favourite tracks on the album as it is so catchy, fun and unique. The verses are quirky with both R&B and rock influences, whilst the chorus would be very poppy if it were not for Ashlee’s ‘rock’ voice, which makes for a unique track. I just love this track and it is actually one of the reasons for me buying the album as, after I heard the track, it was stuck in my head for days and convinced me that this was an album that I would enjoy. Ironically, given the repetition of “L.O.V.E” throughout by Ashlee, this track is not actually about love but about being on a night out with the girls; “All the girls stand in a circle and clap your hands this is for you/Ups and downs highs and lows no matter what you see me through”, which is a nice idea for a song as so many so often are about relationships, which can get old. 10/10

        COMING BACK FOR MORE is another of my favourite tracks on the album. This is one of the most rocky tracks on the album with a strong, rock/pop chorus and harks back to the sound of ‘Autobiography’. The lyrics are not very original, just about continuing to go back to someone even after you have said it’s over, but the music and vocals are fantastic and this is a very upbeat, strong track. I love it. 10/10

        DANCING ALONE is quite a forgettable track for me, possibly because it is sandwiched between two great tracks. Although it appears to be aiming for a rock sound it is quite mild and the chorus is not as strong as in other tracks. However, it is still very listenable but more of an album track than single material. 6/10

        BURNIN UP is more of an R&B/pop track than rock, although it does have mild rock undertones, which is probably down to the husky, rock tone of Ashlee’s voice. This is one of the strongest tracks on the album and was one of my contenders for ‘Best track’ early on. It is instantly catchy and memorable and is a good, unique track with a strong chorus, definitely worth a listen. 9/10

        CATCH ME WHEN I FALL is a mild, wistful ballad with a gentle piano backing and subdued, heartfelt vocals. The chorus is quite nice and it is quite an emotive song thanks to Ashlee’s expressive vocals, yet it doesn’t match up to the later ballad, “Say Goodbye”. However, it is nice to hear Ashlee try a proper ballad and to hear a bit of vulnerability in her vocals for a change. 7/10

        I AM ME is my least favourite track on the album and I really don’t know why; it just doesn’t do anything for me. This is the most rocky track on the album with gruff, aggressive vocals and heavy backing music. The lyrics are equally assertive; “I am me and I won’t change for anyone”, but given my earlier introduction and observations, for me this just doesn’t ring true. Anyway, it is alright track but it just doesn’t seem to go anywhere and I prefer the more upbeat and catchy songs, or even the gentle ballads, to this one. 4/10

        EYES WIDE OPEN is a great track with strong, expressive vocals and great, strong backing music. It is quite rocky with a strong chorus. Again, the lyrics are fairly standard but this track stands out for me, which is rare for a track this late on in the album. It is Ashlee at her feisty, rock chick best and, again, this track would not be out of place on her first, rockier album. 9/10

        SAY GOODBYE sticks out on Ashlee’s album as it is so gentle with soft vocals, that are very at odds with Ashlee’s usual sound. Her vocals are, as always, extremely expressive and heartfelt and this is a beautiful, emotional track and I like the emotive lyrics; “There is beauty in the dark side, I’m not frightened, without it I could never see the sun… but I scream, scream cause it hurts, your every word cuts me inside and leaves me worse”. This is a really beautiful ballad that, with Ashlee’s strong voice, manages to pull of heartfelt without sounding too delicate and fragile. 10/10

        KICKING AND SCREAMING, the first bonus track on the album, is a rock/pop track but with quite an immature rock sound, not like the rougher, aggressive “I Am Me” but more like the fun, poppier sound of “Boyfriend”. It definitely has a pop feel to it, as well as the rock influence, and, although it is less memorable than some tracks, it is a good catchy rock/pop track. 8/10

        FALL IN LOVE WITH ME has a bit of a mellow, laid back, almost reggae feel to it. It has done away with rock and focuses more on a chilled out sound, which is quite a refreshing change of direction. The verses are breathy and gentle and the chorus strong and catchy and this is a brilliant track to end on. 9/10


        TRACK LIST-
        1. Boyfriend
        2. In Another Life
        3. Beautifully Broken
        4. L.O.V.E.
        5. Coming Back For More
        6. Dancing Alone
        7. Burnin Up
        8. Catch Me When I Fall
        9. I Am Me
        10. Eyes Wide Open
        11. Say Goodbye
        12. Kicking And Screaming
        13. Fall In Love With Me


        UK SINGLES FEATURED ON ALBUM-
        1. Boyfriend

        TRACKS WRITTEN BY ASHLEE- 13 out of 13

        BEST TRACK- ‘L.O.V.E.’, ’Coming Back for More’ or ‘Say Goodbye’

        WORST TRACK- ‘I Am Me’

        NUMBER OF GOOD SONGS- 11 out of 13

        ALBUM UNIQUE SELLING POINT- There is a lot of variation in sound on this album, with Ashlee demonstrating a lot of experimentation seemingly in a bid to find her new sound.

        ALBUM NEGATIVES - There are a few middle of the road tracks on the album that are quite forgettable.

        ALBUM SUMMARISED IN ONE WORD- Varied.

        SCORE OUT OF 10 FOR…
        VOCALS- 9
        LYRICS- 6
        MUSIC/BACKING TRACKS- 9
        VARIATION IN TRACKS- 10
        OVERALL ALBUM- 8

        RECOMMENDED-Yes; there are tracks on this album for pop, rock and R&B fans alike and there is a track to accompany every mood; whether you feel like dancing, having a bit of a karaoke moment or simply chilling out.

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Boyfriend
        2 In Another Life
        3 Beautifully Broken
        4 L.O.V.E.
        5 Coming Back For More
        6 Dancing Alone
        7 Burnin Up
        8 Catch Me When I Fall
        9 I Am Me
        10 Eyes Wide Open
        11 Say Goodbye
        12 Kicking and Screaming
        13 Fall In Love With Me