Hilary Duff will be releasing her new album, “Breathe In. Breathe Out,” tomorrow in the US. It’s her first album in eight years and unfortunately it shows.
Now don’t get me wrong, the album itself is a good album. It’s just nothing that really stands out, especially when summer is the peak time for releasing music. The songs are decent songs, some way better than others, but there doesn’t feel like the album had any direction whatsoever. It’s compromised of two different styles: First half is Dance, teen pop, like her earlier works, and then the second half is folk pop, like “Chasing the Sun” and “All About Me.” Honestly, the folk pop part is way better than the half of the album. I liked her folk pop stuff because it was different work for her and actually seemed more adult. “Sparks” and the rest of her dance music is also very good too. There is a nice transition with one song being dance folk pop, I think I just made up a genre, but it still doesn’t hep with the album not having direction.
Overall, the album is a good listen especially if you are a fan of the Duffster. But it’s definitely going to get lost in the summer music shuffle.
Steven’s favorite tracks: Sparks, My Kind, Tattoo, Lies, and Night Like This to name a few
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After months of hearing about our favorite Disney Angel (that’s what the good ones are called!), Hilary Duff, was coming back into the music scene, we finally have new music to rock out to! Like many of people when they heard this, we had low expectations of the singles because….well, Hilary wasn’t the strongest (or the best) singer during her days as Lizzie McGuire or when she wanted to “Come Clean” and “Fly.”
Hilary has come out swinging first with her ode to summer “Chasing the Sun”. The song itself is a shout out to her first ever single “I Can’t Wait” because if you are a hardcore duffer like us (yes, we named ourselves), you could sing-along to this song with the lyrics of ” I Can’t Wait”. But anyways, her vocals are like 100% time better than her old stuff. It’s literally like night and day. You can still hear her signature Johnny Cash impersonation that she had in all of her old music in some parts but it’s overshadowed by real good vocal. The song itself isn’t great and it makes me what to punch the person that had the bright idea to release a summer song at the end of July. Obviously, they don’t know that summer is half way over by that point so releasing a summer-y song is kinda stupid. Kinda like releasing a Christmas song on December 24. But anyways, the song is somewhat good but there isn’t a lot of depth to the lyrics. The lyrics sound like the song was written for her when she was in her late teens. All-in-all, it’s a good song besides the fact that it would have been better in like May. The video makes up for it because we like to picture she’s playing Lizzie in the video:
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, she released her next single a week later (we had a heart attack). “All About You” is a more adult song from Hilary (which we love). The song is pretty much a get it on song. It’s extremely catchy like the herp. But what really made it stand out is that we are treated to a very adult Hilary Duff baring it all in the lyrical video:
Overall, we can’t wait to hear more new music from Ms. Duff. We would recommend purchasing both singles but if you are in a monetary jam and can only afford one: Pass on “Chasing the Sun” and buy “All About You”
Chasing the Sun: 3 pockets full of sunshine out of 5
All About You: 4 copies Lizzie McGuire Movies DVDs out of 5