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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B0017THFTM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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

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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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With album number 3 you could be forgiven for thinking Ashlee Simpson has departed with her pop/rock roots for a more polished pop/r'n'b combo that everyone seems to find it necessary to do. It is however no true. Working with Timbaland & Chad Hugo (of the Neptunes) has not sent her down the seem route as everyone else on the charts at the moment. Lead single 'Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)' is being well received in the UK so-far and is a catchy pop song deserving of sucess due in part to Timbalnds beats.
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.
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I was/am not too keen on Ashlee's first album-Autobiography. For me there were a couple of fantastic songs (Pieces of Me, Shadow), but aside from that many of the tracks and sounded similar. I love her second album- I Am Me, dark and rocky and it has many great songs, my favourites being Boyfriend and Beautifully Broken. However this is album is totally different from I Am Me, but achieves the same level of greatness. It is a fun, party type album and would appeal to people who love listening to fun, upbeat music.
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
BONUS TRACKS:
12.Invisible-A rocky and interesting track. 8/10
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This is probably Ashlee's best album so far. If you were to add Ashlee Simpson, Gwen Stefani and Timbaland together in a human blender, you'd end up with this. I can honestly say, there isn't a bad song on here!
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It's no real secret that I think that Ashlee Simpson is, ahem, a bit of alright but the real interesting factor on the release of her third album, Bittersweet World is that is come at roughly the same time as Madonna's Hard Candy. Intriguing as both make copious use of Timbaland and The Neptunes (with Madonna siding with Pharrell as Ashlee makes use of Chad Hugo) at the production helm.

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.
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Ashlee Simpson's third album is a collection of pop/dance tracks sleekly produced by the "popular guys" like Timbaland and Chad Hugo. To her credit, Simpson co-wrote all the songs on the album, and barring any lip-syncing accidents, it should do just fine.

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.

Amanda Richards
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