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  • Audio CD (30 Jun. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00009V8WZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,732 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The timing of Amy Studt's debut album, False Smiles, couldn't be better. Building on a solid foundation established by the likes of Natalie Imbruglia and Lene Marlin in the late 1990s and carried forward by Gemma Hayes and a glut of young, brokenhearted pop stars since then, Studt's songs combine piano-driven, acoustic laments with Avril Lavigne's polished angst. "There's a hell of a lot more to me," she growls in "Just a Little Girl". Well, maybe. But what's this? She's managed by Simon Fuller, the man behind the Pop Idol phenomenon, and a man who knows a thing or two about ready-made pop for the masses. So maybe the timing isn't a coincidence. For that matter, neither is Studt's frilly dresses, dark eyeliner and "misfit" personality.

There's no denying the genuine talent at work here. As cowriter to all of the songs on offer (an unusually prolific fourteen), she brings a teenage playfulness and daddy's little girl sweetness to the heartache her cowriters are unnecessarily inflicting upon her. In fact, you can't help wondering what some of these songs would have turned out like without the middle-aged meddling of Cathy Dennis and the like. Perhaps a young Tori Amos (particularly with the vocal leaps of "Gonna Be Fine")? False Smiles is a debut with potential, but Studt's own innocence and personality needs to shine through more in the future if anyone is to believe she's more than the superficial flash-in-the-pan that she denies being. --Cortman Virtue

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this mostly because i couldnt get the rockin' single 'misfit' out of my head, but the album has made me realise that there is a lot more to amy studt. This brilliant album demonstrates amys songwriting and emotive vocal talents very well.
'Just a little girl'- As most of you will know this was Amys first single and is a good introduction to the musical style and themes on the album. Quite angsty and rocky. 8/10
'Misfit' - Fantastic tune, one of my faves. It demonstrates what Amys music is all about and has a very good, strong message to down trodden teenagers everywhere.This is Amy telling about her school experiences and showing how different she is without making a big show of it. Music and lyrics pure class. 10/10
'Under the thumb' - Slightly reggae intro which soon turns into another rockin' 'misfit' type tune. Very catchy new single, should do well 9/10
'If only' - Very chilled and one of the dark horses of the album. You tend to pass it by on the first few listens but after a while you realise that it is a simple but beautiful song. Sounds a lot like Lene Marlins first album. Very good 8/10
'Beautiful lie' - Very strong reminders of Busted here (in a good way)!!, with the fantastic electric guitar intro. Very catchy chorus, great lyrics, emotive vocals. Another of my faves, should be a future single (i hope) 10/10
'Ladder in my tights' - Like misfit in theme, but more rockin'. A potencial teenage anthem. THE highlight of the album. This is Amy letting the world know that she is happy with not being a pop bimbo. This is pure class, great for teenage angst and to rock out to. LOVE IT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Clarke on 3 Nov. 2003
Format: Audio CD
My daughter bought this CD and told me to listen to it (strange when your 17 year old asks you to listen to her music) and I did with some trepidation. I was expecting modern hip-hop junk. How wrong I was!
The whole album is superb, I don't think there is a weak track on it and certainly no filler. This goes to show that there are some young singer/songwriters out there who can produce good music. It is nice to see that a young girl can produce good music without relying on a purely sexy image. The only fly in the ointment is the track order. It is almost as if the CD is deliberately divided into two halves with the noisy and quiet tracks kept seperate. Some more imagination in the track order would have been nice, but that doesn't spoil the appeal of the CD.
For me, the jewel in the crown is "Gonna be fine", closely followed by "Misfit" and "Ladder in my tights" (the cleverly, and barely, masked sweary word brings a smile to my face every time I hear it).
I grew up listening to Queen, ELO, 10CC, Status Quo etc and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this CD. So, to all you wrinklies out there, there is modern music that is good. Give this one a go, you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Slam on 22 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
The fact that a couple of years in, this still appears in my Ipods 'most frequently played' list is testament to what a great little album it is.

The tracks are witty, thoughtfully written and eminently listenable - although the producer was a touch trigger happy with the knobs on the mixer desk, adding in too many effects.

Should have been braver with the (masked) lyrics and gone with a Parental Advice label. Doubtless this would have helped shift a few CD's; swearings very popular nowadays...

Sadly, it seems poor sales (you stingy lot) have denied Amy a continued deal with Polydor. Boo. Hopefully she'll find a way to continue and we'll be treated to a follow up. I'll certainly pre-order without hearing a single note.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "-j-e-n-i-" on 28 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was finally convinced to buy this album after hearing Under The Thumb and it was definitely worth it. 12 out 14 tracks are fantastic, but I can leave this CD on repeat all for hours without getting bored.
1. Just A Little Girl - The first single taken from the album, nice lyrics, takes a while to get started but catchy chorus 8/10
2. Misfit - Second single, incredibly catchy, cant help but sing along to the lyrics! 9/10
3. Under The Thumb - Third single, reminds me of LeAnn Rimes crossed with Avril Lavigne! Not an outstanding track, but yet again catchy! 7/10
4. If Only - Has to be my favourite track on the CD, will always make you wana be with someone you love, Amy's voice is beautiful here. 10/10
5. Beautiful Lie - This one will have you tapping your fingers along, the tune gets in your head and wont go away! The lyrics aren't fantastic though. 7/10
6. Ladder In My Tights - Another finger tapper and one of the outstanding tracks. Has a rockier feel to it and the lyrics are fantastic, always cheers me up, its one of my turn it up driving songs! 10/10
7. Carry Me Away - One of two tracks I'm not a huge fan of, its not terrible but I don't like the chorus, I dont think Amy has the right voice for it. 3/10
8. Happy Now - This sounds a lot like a Michelle Branch song and is quite sad really, but highly relaxing, don't listen to it if you just broke up with someone. 6/10
9. You're Gonna Be Fine - This is gorgeous if you want to listen to somethin mellow, but I find that one note in the chorus is too high which ruins the song for me (you will understand if you hear it). 4/10
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