Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Dignity isn't for sale. It comes from within. Hilary Duff has always carried herself with dignity, from her 2001 TV debut starring in "Lizzy McGuire," through big screen hits like "Cinderella Story" and "Cheaper by the Doz... more »
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Dignity isn't for sale. It comes from within. Hilary Duff has always carried herself with dignity, from her 2001 TV debut starring in "Lizzy McGuire," through big screen hits like "Cinderella Story" and "Cheaper by the Dozen," to her career as a multi-platinum recording artist, with more than 13 million albums sold to date. Now Hilary brings her customary class and splash to her new Hollywood Records CD "Dignity. At 19, Hilary has matured into a sophisticated singer and songwriter. Hilary has co-written all the songs on 'Dignity', always aiming high and ultimately creating an album of depth and consequence. To realize her vision for the new CD, she teamed with Grammy-Award winning Kara Dioguardi ( Gwen Stefani, Pussy Cat Dolls, Enrique Iglesias, Kelly Clarkson), as well as top producer/songwriters like Chico Bennett & Richard Vission (Madonna, Usher, Killers), Tim & Bob (Nas, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez), Vada Nobles (Rhianna, Lauryn Hill, Faith Evans, Natasha Bedingfield, Warren G), Fredwrecke (Snoop Dog, Eminem, Fergi) Will.I.Am and Rhett Lawrence. In the title track, she talks about her experiences and observations of living in Los Angeles ("Where's your dignity/I think you lost it in the Hollywood Hills"). "Danger" explores the suspect advances of an older man, while "With Love" turns the world's most common song topic upside down. ("I can take your honesty/All your words weigh heavily/I'm listening to you all the time"). The song 'Stranger' reveals a relationship that is picture perfect in public, but cold behind closed doors. With every track, Hilary probes life and love more intensely, and with more vulnerability than she has before. This is the deluxe CD/DVD version which includes 9 music videos.
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Brandy W. (brandy) from ZANESVILLE, OH
Reviewed on 11/24/2007...
This CD is great. I liked pretty much every song (a rarity for me) and there are no slow songs on it which I love. Each song has a great sound to it and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I own Hilary’s other CD’s and there were only a couple on each that I really liked. This has to be her best album yet. It has a more mature sound to it and you don’t have to be a teen or pre-teen to like it. The first song draws you in with its unique sound and sets the stage for how good the rest of the songs are. There were a couple of songs I wasn’t sure about at first but they really grew on me quickly. Hilary helped write every song on this album and the lyrics are great. I hope others like this album as much as I do.
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Effervescent electronic pop
Amanda Richards | Georgetown, Guyana | 04/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Don't be fooled by that sultry over-the-shoulder cover photo - Hilary Duff's third studio album bubbles with enthusiastic electro-pop rhythms that would inspire even hardened couch potatoes to take a turn on the dance floor.
First single "Play With Fire" is about a young woman who has gotten over a break-up, and has just encountered the former object of her affection. Though not the best song on the album, it has an infectious '80s style chorus which makes up for a slightly monotonous vocal performance. Second single "With Love" is another '80s retro track and is strictly for dancing, but all is forgiven with the third single "Stranger", which has an unusual Eastern influenced beat running through it. "Stranger" mixes up the rhythms and allows Duff to show a little more range, and the lyrics are also much better than the first two singles. The song is about a couple who appear perfect in public, but this image quickly dissipates when they are alone.
And now for the rest of the album -
The title track is a wickedly funny take on the young publicity-hungry starlets, hotties and heiresses doing the entertainment circuit, and is one of my favorite songs on this album. "Danger" is another track with an Eastern influence, but although I like the beat, the lyrics make me feel really old. (The song is about dating an older man, who was born in 1974 - this makes me archaic) "Gypsy Woman" is about a woman who breaks up a family, a short track which leads into the bouncy "Never Stop", a disco number reminiscent of "Knock on Wood".
The slower paced "No Work No Play" didn't do it for me, but I like how she does the chorus lines - "Let the clouds roll in and fill the sky / Get that melancholy feeling inside". "Between You and Me" is just more of the same old, same old, except for that "oompah oompah" tuba bit, and the intro for "Dreamer" (a song about a stalker) sounds just a bit Paris Hilton in delivery. "Happy" doesn't really come over that way, but it's about a girl getting over a bad relationship and feeling much better about herself. Rounding out the album are "Burned", "Outside of You" (the only song not co-written by Duff, with Pink and Chantal Kreviazuk doing the honors), and "I Wish".
An enjoyable, danceable, guilty pleasure album that you should buy for a teenager and borrow every once in a while.
Amanda Richards, April 11, 2007
Kylie Minogue + Madonna + Cher = HILARY DUFF!
Cabir Davis | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Hilary Duff's new album "Dignity" is a well-made, superior CD, comparable to Madonna's "Confessions on a Dance Floor", Kylie Minogue's "Fever" and Rachel Stevens' "Come And Get It". The good news is, its better than all the above. The best news is, its an instant pop classic, right up there with Madonna's "Ray of Light" and Aaliyah's "One in a Million".
Wow. I never expected anything from this CD. At best, I am an on-again, off-again Hilary fan, as she does have some really great singles ("Come Clean" and "Fly" - which in my opinion are two pop miracles), and some really weak, boring ones ("So Yesterday", "The Girl can Rock").
What a surprise then, that Hilary has totally abandoned the pop-rock genre, and has totally embraced the electronica/trance genre instead. At its best, "Dignity" sounds like a classy European ambient electronica album (it really does - DJs across the world will have a LOT to sample from this CD), and at its' worst, it reminds me of a Dannii Minogue record (which is not at all a bad thing).
The album opener "Stronger" is a brilliant way to start off any record. In fact, I think Kylie can learn a thing or two from her.
"With Love", the first single is a trancey-loopy pop song that will be stuck in your head for ages. The great thing about this album, is that it is the perfect REPEAT VALUE CD - you WILL be reaching out for it years down the line, and for that reason alone you should get it.
I would also like to say that I find this to be the best pop music release so far this year, and its solid, reliable, and straightforward no-nonsense music. It also made me rethink my opinion of these 'manufactured' pop princesses. I think right now, Hilary Duff and Mandy Moore actually make QUALITY music and are great role models for young girls indeed.
In closing, consider this the sonic equivalent of Dannii Minogues' epic album "Neon Nights". This record sounds a lot like that one, and thats a GOOD thing.
If you loved the last CD by Madonna, and are a fan of Kylie Minogue in general, I urge you to get this gem of a CD.
Also, please note that I'm generally a fan of rock/indie music, so for me to rave about something in this genre is unusual - so take my word for it and get it!
Also, watch out for the track "Gypsy Woman" - what music!
Five Stars. An Instant Classic."