September 8, 2005

Test Spin: Hilary Duff

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You must think me a masochist for actually listening to this album, but you are mistaken. I look back on the experience with an extreme fondness oft reserved for childhood jokes that were once hilarious or deprecated versions of computer software. I hope that analogy made sense, but if it didn’t, you must realize that neither did Hilary Duff’s song lyrics. For example, “Wake Up” (one of three original songs on the album) begins with the insightful, “There’s people talking / They talk about me / They know my name / They think they know everything / But they don’t know anything / About me.” I’ll leave you to ponder how the rest of the song pans out. The other two original songs rank about the same, although one is sad while the other is upbeat. With names like “Break My Heart” and “Beat of My Heart,” I’ll once again leave you to figure out which is which. Okay but the three remixes are pure gold, although the original versions seemed impossibly catchy in their own right. And just in case you get bored, “Our Lips Are Sealed” is tacked on near the end of the album, thus facilitating another round of the timeless game, “Hilary or Haylie?”

Archived article by Tracy Zhang
Arts and Entertainment Editor