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Actress/singer/model Ashley Tisdale, as anyone under 15 knows, is Sharpay from High School Musical, and prior to the release of Headstrong, she'd already scored three singles that charted in Billboard's Top 100 -- which makes her first LP a debut in name only. While a bit edgier musically than Musical's fare, this album offers a PG-rated take on teen pop, loaded with driving beats, hip-hop-inflected vocals, the occasional ballad, and moments that recall songs by Rihanna, Aaliyah, and other mono-monickered R&B vixens. The lyrical subject matter, however, doesn't step over the "kissin' and touchin' " variety -- at least not on this album Tisdale's producers have tackled ...
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Barnes & Noble - Jem Aswad
Actress/singer/model Ashley Tisdale, as anyone under 15 knows, is Sharpay from High School Musical, and prior to the release of Headstrong, she'd already scored three singles that charted in Billboard's Top 100 -- which makes her first LP a debut in name only. While a bit edgier musically than Musical's fare, this album offers a PG-rated take on teen pop, loaded with driving beats, hip-hop-inflected vocals, the occasional ballad, and moments that recall songs by Rihanna, Aaliyah, and other mono-monickered R&B vixens. The lyrical subject matter, however, doesn't step over the "kissin' and touchin' " variety -- at least not on this album Tisdale's producers have tackled this issue in a complicated fashion, as there are reportedly three different versions of the album's first single, "He Said, She Said" -- with differing sets of lyrics -- making the rounds. This album, however, is aimed straight for the parent-approved zone, a lite take on Britney-fied hip-pop that big on sing-along, call-and-response vocals there are lots of "Hey!"s and "Uh-huh!"s and lyrics that generally don't stray beyond fun, friends, parties, and boys. It's tailor-made for the High School Musical crowd, and should help Tisdale's star to rise even higher.
All Music Guide - Heather Phares
The High School Musical soundtrack was so popular that it was inevitable that all of the stars of the Disney Channel phenomenon would release albums of their own. Ashlely Tisdale, who played Sharpay Evans, the queen of her high school's theater department, became the first female artist to debut with two singles on Billboard's Hot 100 at the same time, so expectations were high for Headstrong, her first post-High School Musical work. Unfortunately, Tisdale had more character singing in character as Sharpay: her voice is pleasant enough, but it's not especially distinctive, and she's not helped by a batch of songs that aren't nearly as charming as High School Musical's tunes. Attempting to give Tisdale an identity outside of High School Musical, Headstrong's sound is much more mature than the soundtrack's teen pop-meets-musicals vibe, incorporating heavy hip-hop beats, dancehall's call-and-response, Middle Eastern elements, and other mid-2000s pop music trends into the Disney pop sound. "Positivity"'s syncopated beats and old-school synths make it one of the best examples of this approach, and one of the best songs on the album. Gwen Stefani's hip-pop is another major influence, especially on "Headstrong" itself, which mixes and matches slinky verses with cheerleadery, "Hollaback Girl" choruses. At times, Headstrong's songs reflect that Tisdale is a little older than some of her Radio Disney peers, but at other times that fact is ignored: "He Said She Said" features a hard-hitting beat and backing vocals that sound like Kidz Bop; "Not Like That" has Tisdale singing, "I'm the kind of chick that hits spots/In my flip-flops/Listenin' to hip-hop." A few straightforwardly catchy tracks make up for missteps like the mopey ballad "Unlove You" and "Suddenly," which seems to be about Tisdale discovering her own stardom. "Goin' Crazy" sounds a lot like Britney Spears' "Drive Me Crazy," and "Over It" is a pretty typical angry breakup song, but they both deliver some much-needed hooks. Headstrong isn't as winning as either High School Musical or Hannah Montana, which is a little surprising considering the high-profile songwriters and producers involved (Diane Warren, Lauren Christy, Scott Spock, Nicolas Molinder, Joacim Persson, and Guy Roche, to name a few). However, it's fine for anyone who just wants to hear more of Ashley Tisdale's -- and not Sharpay Evans' -- singing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624442523
  • Catalog Number: 44425

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:04)
  2. 2 So Much for You (3:05)
  3. 3 He Said She Said (3:08)
  4. 4 Be Good to Me (3:33)
  5. 5 Not Like That (3:01)
  6. 6 Unlove You (3:29)
  7. 7 Positivity (3:46)
  8. 8 Love Me for Me (3:46)
  9. 9 Goin' Crazy (3:09)
  10. 10 Over It (2:54)
  11. 11 Don't Touch (The Zoom Song) (3:12)
  12. 12 We'll Be Together (4:00)
  13. 13 Headstrong (3:11)
  14. 14 Suddenly (3:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ashley Tisdale Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Guy Roche Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards
Kara DioGuardi Background Vocals
Nikki Hassman Background Vocals
Randy Cooke Drums
Emanuel Kiriakou Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
Adam Anders Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass
Paul Moak Guitar
Joacim Persson Guitar
Windy Wagner Background Vocals
The Matrix Background Vocals
Élan Rivera Background Vocals
Rasmus Billie Bähncke Keyboards
Keely Pressly Background Vocals
Bryan Todd Background Vocals
René Tromberg Drums
Tata Young Background Vocals
Samantha Jade Background Vocals
Marissa Pontecorvo Background Vocals
Victoria Sandstrom Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Lauren Christy Composer
Matrix Audio Production
David Campbell String Arrangements
Steve Churchyard Engineer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Mark Hammond Arranger, Programming, Producer
Shelly Peiken Composer, Audio Production
Guy Roche Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Scott Spencer Storch Audio Production
Pat Thrall Digital Editing
Diane Warren Composer
Dave Dillbeck Engineer
Kara DioGuardi Composer, Engineer, Audio Production
Graham Edwards Composer
Nikki Hassman Composer, Vocal Producer
Tom Whalley Executive Producer
Stuart Brawley Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
Adam Anders Composer, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Producer
Jack D. Elliot Producer
Joe Corcoran Engineer
Dushyant Bhakta Engineer
Pelle Ankarberg Composer
Niclas Molinder Composer
Joacim Persson Composer
Twin Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Scott Spock Composer
The Matrix Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Rasmus Billie Bähncke Programming, Engineer
Mark Liddell Cover Photo
Ellen Wakayama Art Direction
Bryan Todd Arranger, Composer, Producer
J.R. Rotem Composer
Lori Feldman Executive Producer
René Tromberg Programming
Greg Ogan Engineer
Ashley Tisdale Composer
Samantha Jade Composer
Celetia Martin Composer
Alan Mason Engineer
Chris Holmes Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music!

    I bought this CD because I loved Ashley in High School Musical. Her music
    is danceable and invigorating. She has about 2 slow songs, the rest are fast songs that make you want to get up and dance.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    great beat, average voice

    ashley tisdale's album is pretty good but i have to say that its the lyrics and beats that carry her rather than her own voice. Ashley Tisdale sings much like she talks. I am a big fan of ashley don't get me wrong but i am a realist and can see that her voice is not that great. People seen to automatically compare this with vanessa hudgens but i have to say that ashley's voice is better for pop. Vanessa can sing ballads better than ashley can but ashley can sing jumpier music better than vanessa can. they have two totally different voices. I've even heard a bit of her new album and it is the same thing great beat,ok lyrics but disappointing voice. i love ashley as an actor but don't think she has the chops to be a real artist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She could do better

    She has the talent to do better but she trying too hard to copy other artist like Britney with album.'She needs to find her own style and stick to it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LUV IT

    this has been 1 of the best cd's i've ever listened 2, now i almost know all the words of her songs,WAY BETTER THAN VANESSA HUDGENS....way better. i luv it! Buy it, and listen! you'll luv the results! GO SHARPY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    amazing

    i love ashley! she has really out-done herself. keep on reaching for the stars!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow

    This is a great CD. I love all of the song. Ashley really broke out of her shell. I highly recomend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Keep going Ashley!

    When first hearing of Ashley's CD, I was a little worried about her singing. BUT I MUST ADMIT she has improved SO much! Wow, she has turned me into a fan! Keep going Ashley!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    I am a big fan of HSM and the cast I think Ashley Tisdale did a great job with her album and I love all the songs. I'm a guy so I think that she is really pretty and a great singer and keep up the good work

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT!!!

    Really great CD!!! Love just about every song!!! Ashley Tisdale is very talented!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Some of the songs r good, but they r all 4 teenagers. They have good beats, but on some of them, I just don't know wut she was thinking in attempting 2 sing them...they r just not her style. But, most of the songs were great and I hope she'll release another 1.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not that outstanding

    I am not a big fan of Ashley Tisdale. Vanessa Hudgens, yes, but Ashley Tisdale... not so much. I think that she is a little bit too nasal for my taste, and she says 'uh' after a lot of her words. My favorite songs on the CD are Be Good To Me and Headstrong. Her other songs are OK but... Vanessa is more my type. If you like kind of slow, kind of fast songs, choose Vanessa. If you like fast, upbeat songs, choose Ashley. Also He Said She Said isn't a good song... no bad words but it has a bad meaning.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    whay, whay??? -)

    whay headstong i think thay cold come up with sumthimg more good do you think so?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Recommended for 12-teen years

    This CD is way better than the clips of the song on the web-site. I tatally recomend it. If you like hip-hop, pop, and a little bit of R&B then you will love it. It is a little mature for younger fans. I'ts way differant than the songs she sings a High Scool Musical. But it's fun to daance to!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Next Britney Spears?

    Wow, I like this CD, and I'm a 17 year old (lol). Her songs have got really good beats!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ASHLEY!!!

    OMG i soo caan't wait to get this album on iTunes! My fave song I 've heard is Be Good To Me! She is so good and rapping/ singing in her songs! I LUV U ASHELY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Headstrong

    I think this cd is so good. I've listened to some songs on youtube and thought they were great. I'm sure Ashley could have done better, but she still is really good. If you like Ashley and thought she did a good job on HMS, then you should get this cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome

    tis is awsome outstanding i couldnt bealive it i was shocked im defanatly getting this cd !!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ashley tisdale

    i like what ashley sings. you have to buy her c.d. as soon as you can!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ashley fan101

    I think that Ashley is the best singer out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD Rocks!

    Ashley Tisdale is such a good singer! Every song on her CD is so good, and my favorite is Be Good To Me. This CD is really good. I'm getting it and I can't wait to hear it!

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