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Ashlee Simpson

I Am Me  Hear it Now

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It could have been the inspiring story of a young, maligned lip-syncer redeemed by a second album that proved she can really sing. Instead, Ashlee Simpson's follow-up is a collection of eleven soulless tunes that fail to even qualify as guilty pleasures. Simpson attempts to channel Gwen Stefani on the faux-funkdafied "L.O.V.E.," warbles through a sapped-out ballad on "Catch Me When I Fall" and even tries to evoke the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O on the pop-funk "Boyfriend." In venturing to offer something for everyone, Simpson offers nothing for anyone.


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Review 1 of 6

zanes1 writes:

2of 5 Stars

The sophomore effort is usually the matured, more personal, deep and darker side. Ashlee Simpson's I Am Me is like Avril Lavigne's Under My Skin. Just not as dark or gothier. Ashlee, you don't go goth by going blonde. The album is supposed to have a dark, gothic theme to it, instead you get 80s-themed songs that fail such as "Burnin' Up" & "L.O.V.E." It opens with the faux-funk of "Boyfriend," this is the song that actually works on the album. She gets to love in "In Another Life," and she has a few dread-drenched ballads like "Beautifully Broken," a song about not being perfect and making a few fuck-ups here and there," and "Catch Me When I Fall," the supposedly third single that didn't make a sound. I can see why. If you're gonna go out and make a personal and deep record, don't travel back in time or try to have a good time. That'll just fuck everything up.

Apr 20, 2007 09:44:16

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aden1052 writes:

5of 5 Stars

I absolutely love this CD and think of it as a pop classic. Ashlee gets looked down upon way too much for being Jessica's sister but also for the lip-sync thing which is stupid. Britney lip-synced at the 2000 VMA's and because the track played correctly then it's ok? Although the reviewer called it "11 soulless" tracks, I couldn't disagree more. I love the dark theme of this CD ; because the reality is life isn't always full of perfect happiness.

Mar 8, 2007 10:57:31

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k0oks94 writes:

1of 5 Stars

she can't even sing? i totally agree with everything the reviewer said, shes trying to make pop more appealing to teens. and it's not working! people need to get into real music not crap like rihanna or ashlee simpson. she gives nothing to the industry she just pawns off who work hard to get to where they are now while she just recieves fame for being someones sister.....

Oct 20, 2006 05:12:31

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xtrmntr writes:

5of 5 Stars

This is a great album from a much underrated performer. The eclectic songs are top quality and vary from power pop to introspective ballads, but they're all held together by Ashlee's husky vocals and punky attitude. For me, this is the best pop album since Christina Aguilera's 'Stripped'.

Apr 11, 2006 02:39:51

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rocknrollrebel writes:

1of 5 Stars

I unfortunatly didn't L.O.V.E this album...of course I didn't listen to the albums music on my own will...the music was used as torture from my older sister who not only blasts it on many occasions, but also has to sing each song. Why does she even have a career after SNL? She is real lucky cause the samething didn't happen for Milli Vanilli. I guess the worlds just not fair...

Mar 7, 2006 20:57:59

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whoa7 writes:

4of 5 Stars

I didnt expect this cd to be so good. Ashlee shows amazing levels of maturity and growth both lyrically and vocally. 'I Am Me' is a mixture of different genres ranging from hip-hop 'Burnin Up' to '80s groove rock 'Coming Back For More' and to notable ballads 'Catch Me When I Fall'. But where is the old Ashlee? On her debut she gave us a very in-your-face approach on pop/rock but this genre is almost gone on her sophomore effort. 'I Am Me' is the closest to the 'old Ashlee', but on this cd Ashlee offers something for everyone. Notable songs include those mentioned and 'Eyes Wide Open', 'Beautifully Broken' and 'Boyfriend', clearly the catchiest song on the album and deservedly the first single. Ashlee chanells artists ranging from Madonna to Fiona Apple and we are faced with her musical tastes. Give this cd a chance and it just might surprise you. And i think it may have been George Michael who released an album called 'Listen Without Prejudice'...this theory should be used when listening to 'I Am Me'.

Dec 5, 2005 20:30:13

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