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Bittersweet World + 3 Bonus Tracks (CD Album) von Ashlee Simpson - 14 Tracks: 1. Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya) 3:37, 2. Boys 3:31, 3. Rule Breaker 3:20, 4. No Time For Tears 3:36, 5. Little Miss Obsessive 3:41, 6. Ragdoll 3:34, 7. Bittersweet World 4:10, 8. What I've Become 3:51, 9. Hot Stuff 3:13, 10. Murder 4:02, 11. Never Dream Alone 3:18, - Bonus Tracks: 12. Invisible 3:45, 13. Pieces Of Me 3:38, 14. Boyfriend 2:59 - Artwork By [Design] : Dan Fraga - Executive Producer : Ashlee Simpson , Joe Simpson - Mastered By : Chris Gehringer , Ted Jensen - Photography : Ben Watts - Format: CD, Album, Super Jewel Case - Label: Geffen - Vertrieb/Company: Universal Music - Bestell-Nr./Catalog#: 1767879 - VÖ/Released: 19/05/2008 - Land/Country: EU - Interpret/Artist: Ashlee Simpson - Titel/Title: Bittersweet World - Genre: Rock & Pop - EAN/UPC: 602517678798
Ashlee Simpson's third album Bittersweet World is the product of more than a year in the studio and collaboration with some heavyweight producers including the omnipresent Timbaland and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes.
Previously known more for headlines - the infamous Saturday Night Live lip-synching fiasco and relationship with Fallout Boy rocker Pete Wentz - than her music, Ashlee's latest project deserves recognition as a credible threat to the work of Britney, Pink and Avril.
Personally speaking, Ashlee's matured since albums one and two, which nevertheless both went multi-platinum and hit the US number one spot. Indeed, she recently married Wentz in an Alice In Wonderland themed ceremony, and is rumoured to be expecting their first child.
Musically she has now come to terms with her market, and has even learned to celebrate it, lyrically proclaiming herself a mischievous "Sunday school girl" and "Little Miss Perfect". The aim was to make a party record of fun songs, and she's certainly achieved that, though the result is a relatively immature product.
The album's collaborators add gravitas. Timbaland stays mostly behind the scenes but pops up on the funky, Missy Elliott-esque Murder. Santogold's Santi White co-wrote Outta My Head alongside Kenna, while Plain White T's singer Tom Higgenson duets with Simpson on single choice, Little Miss Obsessive. This pop-rock power ballad is the album's standout success and deserves to take Ashlee to the forefront of female pop.
No Time For Tears is a stylish lament and the album's one ballad, Never Dream Alone, is perfectly produced to tug at your heartstrings. Yet even on this vocally-focused track, Ashlee's lung power fails to dazzle.
On strong songs she's reminiscent of Britney and Kelly Clarkson, but too often she relies on talk-singing and shouty choruses. She can obviously hold a tune - she is the youngest person ever to play lead role Roxie in Chicago - it's just a shame she never really tests herself. This album will deservedly shunt her into the spotlight, but time will tell whether Ashlee can come through with the vocal power to match her true potential. --Sophie Bruce
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Top Customer Reviews
As for the rest of the album, it is still very pop-rock much like her previous efforts. More so than you might think. Tracks like 'Rule Breaker' 'No Time For Tears' 'Ragdoll' and second single 'Little Miss Obsessive' stick to the familiar ground explored by previous albums (though do sound a little more up-to-date) whilst other tracks like 'Murder' adds a slight reggae tone to the tracklist and 'Hot Stuff' pokes fun at 'cheap' women. The only slow tempo track on the album is the final track 'Never Dream Alone' which is delivered with a surprising level of emotion and sincerity.
Overall this is an album true to Ashlee Simpson's own style - light-hearted pop/rock with a dash of humour thrown in for good measure, whilst tweaking the formula just a little to resent aslightly more grown-up persona. Previous fans will definately enjoy this and any fans of pop in general should consider giving it a spin as you might be surprised that Ashlee has delivered third time around a lot better than she did first and second time.
1. Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)-The first single, not my favourite track, but definitely an original one and it was brave to try something so radical and different. 8/10
2.Boys-Absolutely brilliant, electronic sounding track. Totally infectious and supremely catchy. Love it! 10/10
3.Rulebreaker-An innovative take on a rap track. 7/10
4.No Time For Tears-This is really growing on me and the vocal is really good here. 9/10
5.Little Miss Obsessive-Probably should have been the first single from the album, a brilliant track! 10/10
6.Ragdoll-My favourite track on the album, robotic and powerful-it's actually perfect! 10/10
7.Bittersweet World-Another stunning track-the title track and once again has a good message. 9/10
8.What I've Become-Kinda similar to Bittersweet World and in that respect its not my favourite track, but its a decent listen. 7/10
9.Hot Stuff-More innovative stuff from Ms Simpson and its once again fantastic stuff. 9/10
10.Murder-This is another very strong track. 8/10
11.Never Dream Alone-The only ballad on the album and it doesn't disappoint in the slightest; a great ending. 9/10
12.Invisible-A rocky and interesting track. 8/10
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What is most interesting is that whilst Madonna has gone straight for the obvious, radio friendly sound, Ashlee Simpson has been pushed in the direction of the more interesting and, dare I say it, less ordinary sound. So whereas Madonna's album is chock full of exactly what you would expect, Bittersweet World surprises at almost every turn.
Lead single Outta My Head was a fine slice of 80's influenced pop and it's hardly the only thing worth listening to on here. Boys, Rulebreaker and Murder are the kind of things that snobby music critics would find some merit in if Kylie/Gwen Stefani/Rhianna did, but it's probably true that Simpsons' deleterious public image automatically rules out any praise.
Like her previous albums, it's in no way a "must-hear" album but like her previous efforts it contains enough catchy pop tunes to make it somewhat of a worthwhile listen. She may be totally directed by her expensive producers and she may not have much to say that is worth listening to, but that's not done Madonna any harm for the past decade.
Not the strongest of vocalists, Simpson relies on dance beats and catchy choruses, a prime example being first single "Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)" which has both. A better song that's a little more Avril Lavigne pop/rock-y is the second single "Little Miss Obsessive", which is about a break-up for which reconciliation isn't quite out of the question.
"Boys" is a funny upbeat track, while "Rule Breaker" sounds like something intended for Gwen Stefani, as does "Ragdoll". "Hot Stuff" is another funny dance track, and you won't be able to resist the disco beat. "Murder" has an interesting Eastern vibe which partially makes up for lyrics. The album ends with the simple and unimpressive ballad "Never Dream Alone", but the weakest track in every way is the title track, sorry to say.
Completely and thoroughly mainstream pop, get this one just for the fun of it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is so good. I admit, I am somehow a fan of this girls music! Autobiography was a great album, then I loved the releases from her second -'boyfriend' is a fab song to... Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2008 by I. Attah
I really enjoyed Ashlee's first 2 albums, but this one is her best yet! Wow starting with the killer single "Outta my head", which really gets the album going, definately one of... Read morePublished on 18 July 2008 by W. Greenwood
Sorry for the weird title, but this album is amazing!! After listening to 30 second clips of the tracks i was so eager to buy the album, but i was on an american i tunes and it... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2008 by Mrs. A. J. Burke
i love this album to pieces. i think it is WAY better than Autobiography & I Am Me, although they are really good albums :). Read morePublished on 3 May 2008 by Ms. R. E. Parton
Ashlee has evolved once more, when she first arrived with 'Autobiography' she was your average Pop Rock princess, pounding guitar and drum beats, her nest instalment 'I Am Me',... Read morePublished on 22 April 2008 by Richard Morley