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False Smiles (New Version)

Amy Studt

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Album Review

Teenage rebellion. Bags of attitude. An album full of radio-friendly guitar pop tunes. You can understand the comparisons with Avril Lavigne. But that would be a disservice to Amy Studt, as while the Canadian Sk8er Girl's rock chick persona sometimes appears contrived, Studt's debut is carried out with conviction. One look at the credits reveals that it would be unfair to lump Studt in with the majority of her manager Simon Fuller's other manufactured acts, as she penned every one of the rather prolific 14 tracks, alongside some more illustrious songwriters such as Gary Barlow, Cathy Dennis, and Karen Poole. And it's this mixture of the pop writing establishment and raw talent that makes her debut all the more refreshing. "Misfit," an ode to reveling in being a nonconformist, is as loud and brash a call to arms you could possibly get as Studt growls "Anything you can do, I can do better." It's a ploy repeated on the glorious single that never was, "Ladder in My Tights," as she playfully fantasizes about using dynamite to get revenge against her enemies. It might be a bit of a one-trick pony act if the rest of the album were in the same vein. Luckily, she's got more than just the teenage angst string to her bow. "If Only" is a lovely understated chillout dance; "Carry Me Away" is a piano-driven epic; and "Gonna Be Fine" contains more vocal leaps than a Mariah Carey record, but thankfully less histrionics. The album's pièce de résistance is "Seconds Away," a gorgeous and haunting ballad that starts off melancholy and builds up into a crescendo of guitars and strings that shows off Studt's fragile but beautiful voice to full effect. Occasionally, the album veers into typical self-pitying teenager territory, particularly on the final track, "Nobody," and "Happy Now" is a rather misplaced attempt at musical theater, but this is an inventive affair that combines teenage innocence with a world-weary maturity. [This edition of False Smiles includes bonus tracks.] ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

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Amy Studt isn’t your average Pop singer. She writes her own stuff, and her songs have far more depth than your average generic “songs” flooding the radio waves today. iTunes, help out the American fans and give us access to her new tracks!!!

She actually has talent

I like some off her songs to bad she doesn't sing anymore......

Just a little girl...

i first heard this song on MTV's "Rich Girls" with Tommy Hilfiger's daughter. I've been searching for it for years, and was always told in the record store that I'd have to special order it from overseas. Anyway, SO happy to see it on iTunes. The chorus is great... but the rest of the song isn't as good as I thought. But worth the purchase...

Biography

Born: March 22, 1986 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Management, Amy Studt was hailed as the U.K.'s answer to Avril Lavigne, despite the fact she had first appeared on the pop scene a full six months earlier. Born in Bournemouth in March 1986, Studt grew up in a musical family, with her father a violinist and conductor who had toured with Roy Orbison, and her mother the head of music at a local school. Studt taught herself piano, guitar, and oboe, among other musical instruments, and started to write songs as early as the...
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False Smiles (New Version), Amy Studt
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Jan 26, 2004

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