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A Duff CD!
Most Wanted - Hilary Duff
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Most Wanted - Hilary Duff
Advantages: A few good tracks.
Disadvantages: Quite a few poor tracks, limited audience.
The opening track on the album is a classic pop tune; “Wake Up” is lively and full of optimism, a track that is certainly determined to wake you up at all costs. It’s certainly very catchy and has a great beat throughout it that’s impossible not to dance to. Although it’s not my usual type of music, pure cheesy pop, I had to say it left me feeling rather confidant with regard to the rest of the album. The second track up is entitled “The Getaway” and feels a lot more heartfelt than the previous track. It’s not restricted to just cheesy pop (thankfully) but actually borders on the pop rock genre. While listening to these lyrics I actually felt I could relate to the girl, although the lyrics are very basic at the literal level if you look deeper into the figurative level Duff manages to get across what the majority of us think by using the metaphor of a car, “It’s so hard to let you in, thinking you might slam the brakes again, put the pedal down, got to make a getaway, this is more than I can take.” It’s got a much more mature sound that the first track and is definitely preferable in both music and lyrical meaning too.
“Beat of My Heart” is the third song on the album and the first song that’s actually fresh material as the previous two both featured on her earlier albums. When it first came on I actually cringed if I’m honest, the vocals sounds far away and incredibly cheesy, think early Britney and Spice Girls almost. However as the song goes on the beat quickens up and although it does reside firmly in the field of cheesy pop it’s not completely bad. I have found myself dancing along to this song, rather shamefully but if I’m being honest it’s all been done before. “Come Clean” follows and is a refreshing change after the previous song, it’s glossy and sleek in a sense as everything flows and the crescendo is so gradual throughout the verse that you don’t notice it. “I defy, let the rain fall down and wake my dreams, let it wash away my sanity, cos I want to feel the thunder on my skin, let the rain fall down, I’m coming clean.” Although this is possibly my favourite track on the album so far it’s hard to feel overly enthusiastic, as you can probably tell!
“Mr James Dean” is next up on the play list and again I just can’t help but feel it’s lacking a certain spunk and certainly a sense of maturity. It’s a classic rock song but sadly she’s just not up to Avril Lavinge and I doubt she ever will be if this is anything to go by. Her voice appears to lack not only strength but conviction of some sort also, as if she can’t really believe she can sing this song either. “So Yesterday” is the sixth track on the album and reverts back to the safer field of bubblegum pop which I feel is what suits her voice most. “It’s over, let it go and, come tomorrow we will seem, so yesterday,” the lyrics are simple yet probably something most of us can relate to so I’ll give it to Duff with this song, she’s done a pretty good job on it and the mood of the song (soft and sleek) suits her voice well too. This was her debut single and it’s a shame to say that it’s one of the best tracks on the album; she’s sadly not produced much more good material. “Metamorphosis” is the title track from one of her previous albums and is quite rock chick in a sense but again I can’t help but feel there’s a certain childlike element to the song. Her voice on the whole is quite strong but lacks a certain clarity to it at the same time. Next up we have a remix of one of her former tracks, “Rock this World” and it’s undoubtedly quite catchy in the same sense of Britney’s “I Love Rock and Roll” but it has a slight harsh feeling to it that makes me cringe at the same time! I can’t help but feel that once again in the video it should show a little girl dressed up in her mother’s clothes and make up, it just feels as though she’s attempting too much too soon and that maybe she’d have been safer with the original track and a more pop feel to it.
“Break My Heart” is track number 9 on this album and this is probably my favourite track, it’s the ideal kind of song for a soundtrack to a film such as American Pie. It’s quirky and has a quick, American pop beat to it throughout. “Remember when you used to say, I will always be this way, why don’t you break my heart, watch me fall apart.” The lyrics are really emotive and you’ll find it hard not to relate to them, “Now I try to get my heart up off the ground, my confidence has gone, happiness cannot be found.” I really do like this track and feel if she released this as a single she may attract a wider audience, it’s on the mid-ground between pop and rock with some fantastic drumming action and guitars yet still retains the pop princess feel. “Fly” follows this and reverts back to a slower beat and a softer feeling track, it’s almost reminiscent of something Delta Goodrem may produce. Her voice sounds smooth and quite silky in its young-ness before increasing both in strength and volume towards the chorus and showing that she does have some power to her voice.
“Girl Can Rock” is the next track on the album and again it’s not one of my favourites at all, I feel she’s trying to achieve a mixture of Gwen Stefani and Avril Lavinge and sadly failing on both counts. “Our Lips are Sealed” follows on from this and almost has a Meatloaf like opening before going on to produce a tuneful pop song. However yet again it just sounds like young pop, I think it’s the type of song that would attract young teenagers and older children myself. It does feature her sister Haylie Duff which maybe the only appeal of the track itself. The last track is another remix of a previous album release “Why Not” and I have to say I always tend to regard the last song of an album with doubt, they’re never quite as good as the rest of the album. However in this case I feel she’d have been better putting this as one of the opening tracks as I really like it and found myself tapping my feet along! “Why not, take a crazy chance, why not, do a crazy dance, if you loose the moment, you will loose my mind, so why not,” you can’t help but sing along to it!
In my opinion it’s perhaps a little presumptuous to be releasing what is basically a greatest hits album at the mere age of 18 with only two other albums under her belt. When I hear of a greatest hits album I typically expect it to come from an artist who is at least at the middle of their career with at least a handful of major hits under their belt but alas no. The majority of her fans may indeed feel cheated and quite rightly so in my opinion as the album features a mere three new tracks, three remixes and the rest are previous tracks. Neither of her previous albums have found huge success in the UK and not the expected success in America either. Her first album was very pop orientated while her second album veered more on rock and so I imagine the majority of people were expecting a more mature collaboration of the two, well prepared to be disappointed. What I found instead was a rather immature sounding girl both in power of voice and lyrics. In my opinion there’s not enough appeal on this album to warrant a buy unless you really are a particular fan of hers.
There’s recently been an influx of teenage drama queens from the USA who seem to think that by starring in a couple of movies they have an automatic entrance into the world of music. In all honesty her voice doesn’t seem to have the crispness of Lindey Lohan nor the power of Kelly Clarkson. However at the end of the day she is only 18 and for that reason maybe I’m being a little unfair, she’s certainly not produced the album of a mature adult but then again she’s produced what in fact she is, a teenage album full of fun and laughter.
If you do wish to buy the album then it’s can be found on www.amazon.com for £8.99 or on www.play.com for £8.99 also.
Summary: The third album from American artist Hilary Duff.