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Album Review

As everybody knows, Paris Hilton is famous simply for existing. Even before she was a household name the heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune was famous in certain circles, partially because of her pedigree, partially because she was at every exclusive party, partially because of her very name, an instantly memorable and malleable moniker that spawned T-shirts ("Paris Hilton Is Burning") and gossip websites alike. All this hipster activity was bound to spill over into the mainstream and it did in a spectacular fashion in 2003 when she and Nicole Richie — her best friend for life circa 2003 — starred in the reality series The Simple Life, which saw the two pampered socialites attempting to fit into the real world of Wal-Marts and roadhouse saloons. Just before the series hit the airwaves, a sex tape of Paris with her ex-boyfriend Rick Solomon was leaked to the Internet and the resulting media hoopla of the show and the porn made Paris a bona fide celebrity. Pretty soon, she was everywhere and she began dabbling in almost every part of the entertainment industry, from film to fashion. What all these projects had in common is that they all featured Paris as Paris — even when she was getting whacked in House of Wax, she wasn't really playing a character — and in all of them her presence never matched her persona, which always was more compelling as seen through the prism of tabloids. She seemed destined to never deliver any project that would justify her fame, and it certainly seemed that the album that she spent two years recording would not be the project that would be a flat-out success — that prolonged gestation for a pop album nearly guarantees trouble of some kind.

Amazingly, that long-to-materialize album (it's hard to call it highly anticipated) turns out to be shockingly good — and not just according to a grading curve for actors-turned-singers. After all, Paris was never an actress to begin with; she was a media creation who peddled the same image to a number of different formats, and it just so happens that her sexy, spoiled, shallow act is perfectly suited for bubblegum pop. Of course, it helps that she has a crack team of professionals supporting her on Paris, chief among them songwriter Kara DioGuardi and producer/co-writer Scott Storch, who is name-dropped on the first song, "Turn It Up," and leaves a heavy imprint on the rest of the record, producing just over half of it and serving as one of the executive producers along with Tom Whalley and Paris herself. They come up with a sound that's casually modern and retro with enough heft in its rhythms to sound good at clubs, yet it's designed to be heard outdoors on the sunniest day of the summer. This is exceedingly light music, as sweet and bubbly as a wine spritzer, yet it isn't so frothy that it floats away. Like the best lightweight pop, Paris retains its sense of fun through repeated listens, long past the point that the novelty of Paris Hilton releasing a good album has worn off.

Make no mistake, Paris is a very good pop album, at times deliberately reminiscent of Blondie, Madonna, and Gwen Stefani, yet having its own distinct character — namely, Paris' persona, which is shamelessly shallow and devoid of any depth. Where that might be irritating within a movie or within pop culture at large, when placed in a shiny, hooky dance-pop album it works splendidly, particularly because the songs are strong and Storch and company know how to keep things light — and everybody involved knows that it's fun to play around with Paris' image, no matter if it's her murmuring "that's hot" at the beginning of the record or covering Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy," or writing about her feud with Nicole Ritchie on the delightful "Jealousy." But for as much as Paris is about Paris, she doesn't necessarily stand out here; her voice — which is almost certainly auto-tuned and tweaked by a computer, yet it's nevertheless appealing, more so than Britney Spears' often awkward squawk — may blend into the production, yet that actually helps the recordings since it emphasizes the melodies above everything else. And there are some irresistible melodies here: the breezy "Stars Are Blind," the gilded rush of "I Want You" driven by a "Grease" sample, the sweet "Time After Time" rewrite "Heartbeat," and the great power pop of "Screwed," for starters.

Yes, there is no denying that this is a pure piece of product, but it is indeed pure as product. Paris makes no apologies for being mass-market pop, but everybody involved made sure that this was well-constructed mass-market pop. It may not bear the mark of an auteur the way Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics does, but it never feels tossed-off, and track-for-track it's more fun than anything released by Britney Spears or Jessica Simpson, and a lot fresher, too. It's easy to hate Paris Hilton — lord knows that she and her friends like Brandon Davis are walking advertisements against the repeal of the estate tax — but any pop fan who listens to Paris with an open mind will find that it's nothing but fun.

Customer Reviews

Neither relevant or thought provoking.

Ideal for if you don't want to engage your brain. I love the fact that Hilton claims being a dumb bimbo is just an act. Really love ? Funny how everything you sing about is neither relevant or thought provoking. Expect to hear this plastered all over the radio - forced upon you over the supermarket sound system and defended by one of your fatally tasteless female friends. If you like this you have bad taste in music - and that upsets you!

Cr*p.Cr*p.Cr*p

What the hell is this? It sounds like, a) a cat yowling. b) a 5 yr old trying to sing. c) paris hilton having a tantrum. No wonder really? Even I sounded better when I was 2 and a half. And i'm not the best singer. This album totally contradicts any good words there actually ever were. first of all, there is more to life than boyfriends, since every song is about that. i'm sure she has enough shallow pathetic imature idiots wanting a piecce of her, noticed how most raters are male! And the rest are just paris-clones. So why dont you run off to your "daddys" and say your really really sorry about going to jail and can he finally make you an album. >:| i'm sure your life is near perfect so i'm glad you have clown feet and a bird beak. now let someone decent get the actual good ratings you have. waste of money and 38mins and 32seconds of my life.

Amazing

This is a superb album and do not think that cuz it's Paris Hilton's album that it's rubbish because it's the complete opposite. 1. Turn it Up is a super slice of r'n'b {tipped to be the 3rd single] 2. Fightin Over Me, not much of Paris in this 1, but with lines like "Welcome to Parrriii" I still love it. 3. Stars Are Blind is a superb summer song, just chill out to it on the beach 4. I Want You is a fantastic dance track with a bit of rapping by Parrii =] 5. Jealousy is the beautiful tale of her and Nicole Richie, tell us more Parrii!!! 6. Heartbeat is the only ballad on the album, and it's a peacefull song as well 7. Nothing In The World is the pop/rock song of the album, it is one that most people love 8. Screwed [my personal faviourite] 3 years later it still sounds now 9. Not Leaving Without You is one of those songs that gets you moving the whole 3:35 it's on. 10. Turn you on, very similar to Turn It Up, very catchy. 11. Do Ya Think Im Sexy it takes some getting used to, but it is ok. Certainly the worst song on the album. This album is worth the £7.99 or however much ur paying for it. Please don;tt think that just cuz it's Paris, it's rubbish.

Biography

Born: 17 February 1981 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born into wealth and the American equivalent of aristocracy, Paris Hilton was the oldest of Richard Hilton and Kathy Richards' four children, and an heir to the family's hotel chain (her great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton, was the founder). Growing up in New York and L.A., Paris, though she was often seen with celebrities, didn't become a household name until her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon released a sex tape of theirs onto the Internet in 2003, shortly before her Fox reality show, The Simple Life,...
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