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Album Review

What a difference a year makes! In 2003, Hilary Duff crossed over from television to music with the light, effervescent Metamorphosis, a post-Britney teen pop album that kept things bubbly and cheerful. Not only was its innocence a bit of a relief after the highly charged sexuality of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, it was a hit, embraced by a new generation of preteens who were born in the waning days of The New Mickey Mouse Club. Despite its success, it seemed a little antiquated by the spring of 2004, when Avril Lavigne returned with a somber sequel to her trendsetting debut, Let Go, and when Jessica Simpson's little sister Ashlee turned into a star with her rock-based Autobiography, ushering in a new phase of teen pop — one that was more mature than the bubblegum of Metamorphosis, but only in the sense that it dealt with the angst and preoccupations of early adolescence. Gone were the fluffy party tunes — gone too was the overamped sexiness of Britney and Xtina — and in were heavy guitars, anthemic choruses, rock beats, and songs about growing up and finding your identity. Hilary Duff and her producers were smart enough to have her go with the flow, shedding all the bubblegum trappings of her debut and releasing a second album that's a virtual companion to Ashlee Simpson's Autobiography, from its rock/dance-pop fusion to its earnest demeanor, right down to Ashlee's producer John Shanks helming a couple of tracks. This makeover may be trendy, but it's also admirable since it results in a varied, ambitious album, even if that ambition sometimes gets the better of Hilary. At 17 tracks, the album is way too long and its straight-faced seriousness can be a little oppressive at this length, particularly since Duff can't quite pull off everything she tries. While she has a likeable, girlish voice, she's not a great singer and that occasionally hurts the album — witness how she struggles to reach her lower register on the dirge "Hide Away." Nevertheless, those very limitations are quite appealing when they're matched to the right song, whether it's a sweet ballad or on the heavy rockers, of which there are many. There's silliness here, such as the hipster putdown "Mr. James Dean," but that makes the album feel endearingly adolescent. And that's the greatest charm of Hilary Duff — it might take itself a little seriously, it might be a little uneven, but it feels like the soundtrack to the life of a smart, ambitious, popular teenager trying to sort things out.

Customer Reviews

Good Stuff for Duff!

I can't imagine the whirlwind that must be Hilary Duff's life, but a few of these songs seem to offer some insight. Lots of songs and different moods make it easy for everyone to like some of this album. Duff doesn't have a wide vocal range but her voice can be pleasing given the right cicumstances. Standout songs are "I Am", "The Getaway" and the brilliant "Do You Want Me" which showcases Duff's energy and highlights the great group of musicians in her band. Hopefully she can pull of more creative songs like this in the future. Nice job!

Solid Effort

I think this is Hilary's best album. It's not composed of mostly old songs like Most Wanted, and it's more mature than Metamorphosis. While it's true that not every song is great, there are some great ones that I wish had been singles, like Who's That Girl and Underneath This Smile. Her singing ability seems to have approved from the previous album and the subject matter she sings about is still for her younger audience, but it has matured, like she has.

Not the Best But Not The Worst

Well, this is not Hilary's best album but it is good. It is defintly worth a listen and there is somthing for every one in this album. A really good album from Hilary is Most Wanted. Check it out it is great!


Born: September 28, 1987 in Houston, TX

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Hilary Duff first made a name for herself on the enormously successful Disney Channel/ABC Kids show Lizzie McGuire, which she parlayed into dual careers as a pop singer and film actress. Like most overnight successes, however, she paid her dues for several years before her big break. Appearances in the 1997 western True Women, 1998's Casper (as the Friendly Ghost's human friend Wendy), and 1999's The Soul Collector paved the way for her best-known role. Lizzie McGuire, which chronicled the ups and...
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