Album Review: Ashlyne Huff’s Self-Titled EP

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Ashlyne Huff5 25 10 Album Review: Ashlyne Huffs Self Titled EP

Pop newcomer, Ashlyne Huff’s self titled EP does what a tween pop record should: it wiggles its way into your head and gets you singing the hooks after one listen. Gearing up for tour with American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks, Huff is out there slinging her brand of Nashville twinged girl-power in every digital medium for a fully fleshed out smoke and mirrors effect. When you look her up, you might think she’s been doing this for years, but then you read she’s only twenty-four (which, admittedly is on the older side for bubblegum pop stars to get their start) and is still doing malls and in-store performances. Huff does benefit from a lead in the age department – her vocals are fully developed and she sings with a control not found in, say, early Britney or even early Madonna.

On her new EP, Huff plays it right. She hits all the right categories of girl-power singers. The EP has a little Pat Benetar, a little Natalie Imbruglia, a touch of Kelly Clarkson, some Jewel, and some Carrie Underwood. With time, Huff will hopefully manage to whittle out a distinct sound, borrowing less and less from the established artists out there, so that her records sound undeniably her own.

“Heart of Gold,” the first single, has all the jaded ex-hatred of a song racing to number one at junior highs across America. The video for the same boasts fashion heavy choreography and a hot guy lost amidst a crowd of Huff supporters – a perfect storm of angst and retribution, set to a pretty catchy ‘you had it but you lost it’ chorus.

“Trippin It Up” is the EP’s highest octane track, channeling Pat Benetar’s “Love is a Battlefield” or Pink’s “So What.” It gives you reason to bust out those “punch-punch-kick-kick-then-spin!” dance moves you’ve been practicing in your bedroom. At night. Alone. Huff goes somber and stripped down in a Natalie Imbruglia type number, “Sweet Nothing,” a clean and quiet acoustic love song that highlights Huff’s upper register. “Heartbeat” brings in some of Huff’s Nashville roots, in a pretty, and innocuous, song that reminisces of country Jewel. “Make it Rain” is the EP’s most melodramatic track, asking and falling short of achieving the impossible.

The self-titled EP is rounded out with “Comeback,” the record’s most bubblegum track, a la Tiffany’s version of “I Think We’re Alone Now,” the original of which was coined “bubblegum apotheosis” for a reason.

This record deserves a listen. Play it before you go dancing at night for a quick little pick me up.

Ashlyne Huff’s self-titled EP is available at Walmart for $6.00 and iTunes for $5.94.

Check out the first single: “Heart of Gold”

Rating: 6/10

Tracklist:

  1. Heart of Gold
  2. Trippin’ It Up
  3. Sweet Nothing
  4. Heartbeat
  5. Make It Rain
  6. Comeback

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