Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

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by Hilary Duff
     
 
There's nothing like rivalry to pique the record-buying public's curiosity. But in the case of actress-turned-pop superstar Hilary Duff, her feud with fellow teen phenom Lindsay Lohan -- which apparently started when both vied for the affection of "It" boy Aaron Carter and reached a feverish pitch during Lohan's mockery of Duff on

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There's nothing like rivalry to pique the record-buying public's curiosity. But in the case of actress-turned-pop superstar Hilary Duff, her feud with fellow teen phenom Lindsay Lohan -- which apparently started when both vied for the affection of "It" boy Aaron Carter and reached a feverish pitch during Lohan's mockery of Duff on Saturday Night Live -- only stokes the fire of her already sizzling career. Duff's blockbuster debut, Metamorphosis, positioned the former star of Disney's popular Lizzie McGuire series as the next Britney (pre the Madonna kiss and marriage antics), but her self-titled sophomore disc has more in common with the rock-and-angst-driven music of peers Ashlee Simpson and Avril Lavigne. On the punk-lite "Haters," co-penned by her sister Haylie, the 17-year-old fires a lyrical missile at her Mean Girls nemesis with lines like "You're the queen of superficiality / Keep your lies out of my reality." And the guitar-fueled "James Dean" disses a former beau who thinks he's cooler than he actually is. The rest of the disc follows suit, with Duff musing on convincing rockers and winning, mid-tempo tracks about typical teen dilemmas like boy trouble ("The Getaway"), being misunderstood ("Do You Want Me?"), and, of course, competition ("Who's That Girl?"), all the while offering an edgier sound than fans might expect from the wholesome starlet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
Label:
Hollywood Records
UPC:
0720616247322
catalogNumber:
162473

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Hilary Duff   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Guy Chambers   Composer
Matthew Gerrard   Composer,Producer
Jay Landers   Executive Producer
Charlie Midnight   Composer,Producer
Charlton Pettus   Producer
D. Warren   Composer
C. Midnight   Composer
John Shanks   Producer
Marc Swersky   Composer,Producer
Andreas Carlsson   Producer
Denny Weston   Producer
Enny Joo   Art Direction
Andre Recke   Producer,Executive Producer
Hilary Duff   Composer
Haylie Duff   Composer,Producer
Chico Bennett   Composer,Producer
Jim Marr   Producer
Wendy Page   Composer,Producer
Julian Bunetta   Producer
Ty Stevens   Composer
Shaun Shankel   Producer

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Hilary Duff 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
awesome! amazing! and much more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
omg this has defidently got to be hilary duff's best album yet! I love her songs fly and girl can rock! She's is so amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really like Hillary Duff's music and since I enjoiyed her first title I knew when I saw this one was here that I would enjoy it allot. I'm not sure if this is "Fly" or not, but if it is or isn't it'll still be a great CD to listen to anywhere!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album! fly, someone to watch over me,who`s that girl and the getaway are the best songs on the album but every song is good but she could have picked better songs so im gonna have to give it a 4, sorry Hilary {if you ever read this you are the most beautiful girl in the world and will you marry me}
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow, didnt think Duff could do it! The first cd wasnt SO good but this one rocks! Fly is my favorite song, and Mr. James Dean and Cry. WOW I LOVE YOU HILARY! And you are not So Yesterday ;)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Hilary Duff and all her music, and now her self-titled album, "Hilary Duff", is my favoritie album of all time! I especially love the song "Fly", because it inspires me to go after my dreams! You should definitely check this album out!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I Think Hilary's new album is great! I really like her song "Fly". I like how Hilary's music is original. She writes her own music. I also think since her last CD, Meatmorphosis, she has grown as a singer and an individual herself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I never really liked Hilary Duff much,but her music style is ok.so I checked out her cd.it's much better than the first cd.some songs are kinda weird,i dont really like them.but songs like "someone's watching over me","do u want me","i am",and "fly" are pretty good.i dont think she had a great vocal range,she isnt the best in singer.but the style of the songs deserves 2 thumbs up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just purchased this CD yesterday, and I've been listening to it during every free moment since! In the follow-up album to her 3X platinum "Metamorphosis", Hilary delivers the same upbeat pop rock tunes and poignant ballads, but with a little more edge and vocal experience. It the past year, Hilary's matured vocally and emotionally, and it shows through in her lyrics and the wider range displayed in her songs, such as in "Shine" and "Do You Want Me?". If you liked her first album, you'll love "Hilary Duff", and be singing along to her new tunes within hours of listening to it. "Fly" was only a taste of her awesome new music, and it's not even the best song on the CD. Here's a break down analysis of the album: Fly (3/5 stars)- Good first single, gives you an inkling of what she's gonna have on the CD, but definitely not the best of her songs. Do You Want Me? (5/5)- Great upbeat pop anthem, fun to dance and jump around to. This one grows on you. Weird (3/5)- Just the it says, weird. Didn't like this one too much ("Don't you think it's weird/ Weirder than weird?" Huh?!). Hide Away (4/5)- Pretty slow song, but Hil sounds like she's trying to hard too hard. Mr. James Dean (4/5)- This one also grows on you, and the vocals are the most rock out of the whole album. A nice one to scream to about a cocky ex-boyfriend. But seriously, how many teens can relate to James Dean? Underneath This Smile (5/5)- Awesome song, one of my favorites on the album. Shows off her more mature vocals and lyrics. Dangerous to Know (4/5)- Pretty cool, angsty. Who's That Girl? (5/5)- Another favorite, shows off Hilary's wide range, going from low to high. Shine (5/5)- Love it, grew on me from when I first listened to it. I Am (5/5)- Fun feminine empowerment song, to sing along to when you're driving your car with the windows down. The Getaway (5/5)- Grew on me, love it. I like it when she sings low, and she sounds awesome here. Cry (2/5)- Boring slow song, I usually skip it. Tries too hard, silly lyrics. Haters (4/5)- This one is fun to sing when you're ticked off at someone; new style, works out well. Rock This World (3/5)- Uninspired variation on "Girl Can Rock", usually skip it. Someone's Watching Over Me (5/5)- Really nice ballad, uplifting, can't wait to see the movie. Jericho (4/5)- Don't understand why she'd use that reference, but still a pretty good song anyway. The Last Song (1/5)- Not really a song, just another lame finisher written by Haylie Duff. I gave the CD 5 stars because the good songs definitely make up for the sucky ones. Can't wait to see what's in store for Hilary's next album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
She definately knows how to reach her fans with her music. Her song Fly really reached me in a way that registered with reality that stands as a whole. It really kind of goes along with her Metamorphosis song in her first album. Metamorphosis is a change and the song Fly talks about everything changing as well. The new album is just a continuation of the change that is happening in Hilary as well as me and the rest of the world all of the time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is awesume!!!! Hilary Duff is soooo talented! I really like this album but i also reallllly reccomend her first album metamorphosis!
Guest More than 1 year ago
HILARY DUFF's new album self titled "Hilary Duff" is soooooooooooooo awesome! If you don't already have it then u must go and get it! Lets make another Pltainum Album!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilary Duff rocks with her new cd and a movie coming on October 8. Her new cd includes the hit single, Fly, which can be seen at launch. It also has some weird titles, like the song Weird. My favorite song is Do You Want Me, and Mr. James Dean. This song is a must get to your Hilary Duff collection, even if you are not a H. Duff fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilary Duff finally evolves from Lizzie McGuire to Hilary Duff. This album is more personal about her, and it's what kind of music she prefers. So dont be a hater and grab a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really awesome! I think everyone should buy it! Its totally rock!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alright well here's my input on the new cd. Im 14 years old and i can relate to sooo much that hilary is saying on her new cd, self entitled, Hilary Duff. Not only has Hilarys sense in the type of music that she is now creating, she herself has changed personaly, and you can tell by the new cd because of the more mature lyrics in it. It talks about love, rumors, and her personal life. The songs all rock and i love the cd. You cant go wrong if you buy it. Even though its much different from her first album, Metamorphosis, its still just as good. I beleive that she sounds great on the new cd and that her voice grew stronger as a singer. I hope that if you were considering buying Hilary Duff's new cd, you go for it, because like i said, this album is awesome and you cant go wrong if you buy it! Tanya
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! Haha, I'm listening to Hil's new CD right now because I CAN'T STOP LISTENING TO IT!!!!! Her voice totally blows me away on this new CD, I recommend it to ALL Hilary fans!! This Cd is DEFINATLY better than her last one, and has lots more songs as well! The best songs on this CD would have to be Who's That Girl and Fly... Just WOW. Buy it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
On September 28, 2004, Hilary Duff celebrated her 17th birthday. On this birthday, however, Hilary gave her fans a HUGE present. Hilary Duff rocks the charts once again with her latest album from Hollywood Records. This well-anticipated release was well worth the wait for the millions of fans across the nation, and around the world. The album is rocky (e.g. Rock this World, Mr. James Dean), punky (e.g. Weird) and a bit edgy too (e.g. Underneath this Smile). My favorite song is "Someone's Watching Over Me," which is also the touching theme song to her upcoming movie, "Raise Your Voice." Her songs truly speak her heart, and that's why her fans will all relate to the lyrics because they'll know what she's talkin about. True, the album seems a bit darker than Metamorphosis (e.g. Haters), but at the core of these songs is a sweeter-than-blueberry-pie southern belle. Bless your heart, Hilary!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is really good! Hilary's voice in this is more natural than digitalized. She's improving in singing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's nice, but it's really too long, and it's definitly not her real style, she's great and all, but this is definitly not her.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Cd is so awesome!!! It is a great way to start now being 17. I think this album really shows who she really is and I love it!! This album will be rocking all the time at my house.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Hilarys new CD!! It really shows who she really is and what she likes. I also love her song "FLY" because it is not like her other songs, it is diffrent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hilary Duff's new CD is as good as the first one. It has great songs with cool lyrics. It has 17 total songs it, more than Metamorphosis, so you can enjoy it longer. If you haven't bought this CD yet, you should do so.