Paris

Paris

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by Paris Hilton
     
 

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Until the release of her debut album, Paris Hilton had been famous merely for her overzealous partying and scandalous sex tape. But with the release of Paris, the heiress to the Hilton family fortune and The Simple Life star proves she can do more than flip her blonde locks and mumble "That's hot." The reggae-light lead single, "Stars Are Blind" --

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Until the release of her debut album, Paris Hilton had been famous merely for her overzealous partying and scandalous sex tape. But with the release of Paris, the heiress to the Hilton family fortune and The Simple Life star proves she can do more than flip her blonde locks and mumble "That's hot." The reggae-light lead single, "Stars Are Blind" -- produced by Scott Storch -- recalls Blondie and Gwen Stefani. Now, that is hot.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2006
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624413820
catalogNumber:
44138

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paris Hilton   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Eric Jorgensen   Trombone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Jennifer Karr   Background Vocals
Aaron Fishbein   Guitar
Penelope Magnet   Background Vocals
Keely Pressly   Background Vocals
Pooh Bear   Background Vocals
Black Violin   Violin
Taura "Aura" Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Rod Stewart   Composer
Carmine Appice   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Duane Hitchings   Composer
Alonzo Jackson   Composer,Vocal Producer
Michael Lattonzi   Engineer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Greg Wells   Producer
Tom Whaley   Executive Producer
Rob Cavallo   Producer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Tom Whalley   Executive Producer
Fat Joe   Composer
Jake Davies   Engineer
Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff   Art Direction
Ralph McCarthy   Composer
Fernando Garibay   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Matt Taylor   Art Direction
Jadakiss   Composer
Jennifer Karr   Vocal Arrangements
Josh Alexander   Composer
Eric Weaver   Engineer
Wayne Allison   Engineer
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Chris Steffen   Engineer
Penelope Magnet   Composer,Vocal Producer
J.R. Rotem   Producer,Vocal Producer
Matt Beckley   Engineer
Paris Hilton   Composer,Executive Producer
Jeff Bowden   Composer
Taura "Aura" Jackson   Vocal Producer
Nikolas "Miko Don" Marzouca   Engineer
Chris Brown   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Instrumentation
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer

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Paris 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is ausome is has a club mix, mellow song, and other songs that will yurn you on!!!! She's Hot, She's Rich, and she's got alot of talent!!!! Whoever says she is stupid or has a bad voice is either incredibly Stupid, or has no taste in good music at all!!!! Right on paris i can't wait for your next album!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first heard she was making an album, I was like, "Let's see how long that lasts..." But now I OWN the album! I like tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and 10. Most of the album is sexy, irreverent, but oh so enjoyable! A lot of people don't like the album because they either don't like Paris, or don't like the way she whisper-sings. My faves are "Turn It Up and "Turn You On"
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought that Paris Hilton could sing?! She should stick to producing awesome music and not lame reality shows! I love the R&B influence in "Turn it Up" and Paris' sexy voice in "Fightin' over me" and "Heartbeat." I think all the songs are hot, hot, hot! There is only one thing hotter and that's Ms. Paris Hilton! You go gurl!
Kody More than 1 year ago
i personally own 10 copies of this cd. I love Paris. and my room is DECKED with her. everything is of her!! i have over 5,000 worth of her stuff. anyway, great album and worth EVERY cent. LISTEN TO STARS ARE BLIND, HEARTBEAT, JEALOUSY AND NOTHING IN THIS WORLD..BEST SONGS EVER!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. Paris may not be a saint but man, SHE CAN SING! I give props to Paris for not just living off daddy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everyone needs to give the girl a break. If this had been any other person, or someone you had never heard of, all the nay-sayers would love this album, but because it's Paris Hilton, they prejudge it and then say it's complete garbage. I happen to love this album, I think it's an awesome mix of dance/club songs and I really enjoy it. So give Paris a break, open your mind to this cd, and you'll probably enjoy it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
lest you think i'm mad, i actually am a classically trained musician and i've got to say it's refreshing to listen to an album that's so devoid of pretense. and thank god that it will never make it to any womyns' music festival. there is nothing to deconstruct, nothing to subject to any postmodern feminist theory type of analysis. helene cisoux fans can go choke on this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
everyone have been saying that pparis hiltons album will be rubish, that she cant sing and has no talent. but her album is great. the songs stars are blind, turn it up and screwed are very catchy and i also love the song jelousy. this album is worth buying, no matter what anyone says about it. listen to it and you will see that she isnt that bad at singing at all
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly, this is not all that bad. For a party girl that is WAY overexposed, I must say that she did turn out a decent club album. When listening to the tracks, all I can think of is a club scene...and I do believe that is what she was aiming for. Still not something I am all for buying myself, but I know a few people who will like it. I applaude Miss Hilton's attempt at music, and she did not do all that bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her voice is so breathy and without intonation, I can't figure out what she's saying half the time. It doesn't sound like she actually prounces the words of the lyrics. And is it just me, or did she lose her blue contact lenses and go for the brown-eyed look on the CD photo?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anyone can put on a little blonde wig and prance around in their underwear...!!! And if you haven't heard this cd yet, GOOD. it will save you from having sleepless night like me. Not only is the background music horrible, the singing is even worse!!! All she does is whisper the whole time, trying to cover up her horrible voice!!!! I HATE PARIS HILTON!!!!!!! DO NOT BUY THIS CD!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this cd. I like Paris Hilton and this cd is not as bad as most people say. So if your a fan of Paris, I'm sure you will enjoy her cd too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Why does every little rich girl think they can sing. This CD is horrible, average, cliche trash. Spend your money, elsewhere. The album is just another publicity stunt for a girl who never deserved that much attention anyway. Want good pop music, see below.
Guest More than 1 year ago
mcuh as i don't like paris hilton, i was still suprised that this cd is actually decent. it's defiinatley not the best, but not the worst either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If breathy Mairlyn Munroe is still hot.. well I suppose she has something. She is not a serious musician though...in my opinion. Nothing creative, fresh or new.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This girl does not know how to sing - if that's your idea of unpretentious so be it. Were it up to me I would take "Stars are Blind" (which is catchy, has an lazy, "island" feel which works well with her soft tease of a voice), "Screwed", and "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy" and scrap the rest of this album. The latter cover of Rod Stewart needs to be redone, sounds too much like the original, please use a little imagination. Bottom line: except for "Stars are Blind" this is a forgettable album no matter what your tastes are. PS - if you think payola is dead in the music industry just try to fathom the review by All Music Guide. That's an embaressment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
god, this is just another sign that the end is near. i applaud paris for trying to actually do something with her life and not just party and all. but sadly, miss hilton is not cut out for music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i dont care what people say about paris, i love this album so much. It's nothing serious, its just fun. plain and simple! The lyrics are silly, and the songs are just right to sing along and dance in your car too!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to listen to this CD 4 times before buying but it was worth it. I like "Turn It Up", Fighting Over Me, Stars Are Blind, Nothing In This World, Heartbeat and Turn You On. Paris could have a future but this album is a step she needs 4 or 5. She needs work but the album isn't bad although I still think she's a shallow bimbo dumb heiress whose never going to be taken seriously. Seriously Paris take a damn break!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely adore this cd,..its HOT, and dont hate cuz she 's Ms. Hilton,..I commend her and I cant wait til her next album,..my favorites are tracks 1,2,3,5,8,11 and I LUV "Turn You On"..ya go Biotch!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the worst CD I have ever heard...I'm sorry Paris, this is hideous. It causes global depression.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was watching VH1 and saw Paris Hilton's "Stars are Blind" video come on and it caught my attention. The name & lyrics included are quite corny and most likely wouldnt be used in a Hallmark greeting card but as for the beat and all around "goodness" of the song...I was stunned to find myself hooked to it. I would recommend this song to anyone (considering her whole cd hasn't been released yet). I give her props.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay... so I liked Stars Are Blind. I downloaded the rest of the CD thinking it was going to be just as catchy, but I was really disappointed. I don't care if it was Paris Hilton... I really don't. I think that maybe she should just keep being a beautiful heiress with skeleton's in her closet and stay away from being a music artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS IS A AWFUL ALBUM!!!!!!!!!! OH WELL SHE TRIED!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First Sony & BMG become Sony BMG, then Lindsay Lohan gets a record contract...and now the stupidest girl in the world is allowed to make her own CD? Not only is Paris Hilton so stupid and overrated, she can't even sing!!! Who in their right mind even wants a copy of an heiress covering Rod Stewart? It's awful! I swear, I am never buying any more new CDs (unless they're used). We must say goodbye to the music industry once and for all.