Autobiography by Ashlee Simpson on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Ashlee Simpson’s 2004 debut album, Autobiography, arrived in the wake of big sister Jessica’s massive cross-media fame. Several of the album's tracks—especially “Shadow”—touch on the siblings’ conflicted relationship in explicit terms. More importantly, Ashlee emerged as an artist in her own right with these tracks, cowriting all of the material and staking out a feisty rock sound distinct from Jessica’s dance/pop approach. In the manner of music by Alanis Morissette, P!nk, and Avril Lavigne, Autobiography is infused with plenty of defiant yet vulnerable attitude. Simpson lays down the law to a confused boyfriend in “Love Me for Me,” indulges in kinky scenarios in “La La,” and comes clean about her freewheeling habits in the title tune. Whether she’s putting the moves on a crush (“Surrender”), getting steamy with a main squeeze (“Unreachable”), or trying to hang on to a love gone wrong (“Undiscovered”), Ashlee’s rough-edged coo sounds confident amid the spiky guitars and buoyant melodies that dominate here. A surprisingly personal work, Autobiography lets Ashlee grab the mic and tell her side of the Simpson saga.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Ashlee Simpson’s 2004 debut album, Autobiography, arrived in the wake of big sister Jessica’s massive cross-media fame. Several of the album's tracks—especially “Shadow”—touch on the siblings’ conflicted relationship in explicit terms. More importantly, Ashlee emerged as an artist in her own right with these tracks, cowriting all of the material and staking out a feisty rock sound distinct from Jessica’s dance/pop approach. In the manner of music by Alanis Morissette, P!nk, and Avril Lavigne, Autobiography is infused with plenty of defiant yet vulnerable attitude. Simpson lays down the law to a confused boyfriend in “Love Me for Me,” indulges in kinky scenarios in “La La,” and comes clean about her freewheeling habits in the title tune. Whether she’s putting the moves on a crush (“Surrender”), getting steamy with a main squeeze (“Unreachable”), or trying to hang on to a love gone wrong (“Undiscovered”), Ashlee’s rough-edged coo sounds confident amid the spiky guitars and buoyant melodies that dominate here. A surprisingly personal work, Autobiography lets Ashlee grab the mic and tell her side of the Simpson saga.

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About Ashlee Simpson

She might be the younger sister of superstar Jessica Simpson, but don't confuse their tastes or style when it comes to music. Waco, Texas-born Ashlee Simpson always loved music. At age 11 she was the youngest person ever admitted into the School of American Ballet. At 14 she moved with her parents and older sister to Los Angeles and spent time dancing in Jessica's stage show. Appearances on Malcolm in the Middle and The View led to a regular role on the television show Seventh Heaven but Ashlee's heart was set on a music career. One of her songs, "Just Let Me Cry," landed on the Freaky Friday soundtrack in 2003, and Ashlee continued work on her rocking and punky demos when Seventh Heaven wasn't in production. Geffen was impressed and released her debut album, Autobiography, in 2004 as MTV was debuting Ashlee's own reality show. During its first week of release, Autobiography went to number one on the Billboard album charts with sales of 398,000 copies. Her sophomore effort, I Am Me, which was also produced by John Shanks, was issued in October 2005. After touring to support the album, Simpson appeared as Roxie Hart in the London production of Chicago. In April of 2008 she announced her engagement to Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. That same month her third album, Bittersweet World, landed featuring the singles "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)" and "Little Miss Obsessive." ~ David Jeffries

  • ORIGIN
    Dallas, TX
  • BORN
    Oct 3, 1984

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