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Kelly Osbourne ~ Shut Up
Considering that Kelly Osbourne made her name as a petulant, self-obsessed, foul-mouthed but always supremely entertaining teenage rebel on The Osbournes TV show, you'd imagine the temptation would be to translate this endearing snottiness directly into music. Thankfully and surprisingly, Shut Up doesn't chase the zeitgeist dollar with either numbing nu-metal or lightweight skate punk. Instead it goes for a brand of polished new wave that's much like the girl herself: brash but insecure, straight-talking yet sophisticated, cool but often hilarious.
The most obvious precedent is Celebrity Skin by Hole. Melodies are gum-chewingly breezy, infused with FM radio vibrancy and built on harmonies designed for cruising down to Venice Beach with the top down. The attitude is refreshingly human, with "Come Dig Me Out" actually managing a touch of poignancy and the title track embodying the album's theme, namely that Osbourne is her own person and everyone should stop messing. The girl even manages to carry the tunes (that horrific version of "Papa Don't Preach" is buried as a hidden track) with a decent amount of suss and style. It all begins to get a little too saccharine over the course of the entire album but generally this is a far more lovable and much more accomplished album than anyone would have thought possible. --Ian Watson
Top Customer Reviews
Everyone seems to hate her just because of this and the fact shes not the smallest women in the world (sinse when was being skinny attractive anyway??) but its her music you should listen to, which is very good, my favourite track is 'more than life itself' its so beautifull in its self, just like kelly :-) XxXxXxXxXxXx
Rather than sounding like a more agitated Avril Lavigne, Kelly Osbourne reaches back to the angry female singers of the 1980s and '90s for her inspiration.
It remains to be seem whether Kelly Osbourne's music career will see as many fans as the show she appears on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shut up..... I wish she would. Classic example of someone getting a recording contract based on who her parents are. Very annoying and unlikable person and no talent at all. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by ponno
Brought it because my friend told me it was a good album. after the second time i listened to it i found it annoying and irritating. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2004 by Amazon Customer
(..) Like I said not the best in the world but still good. To be taken with a pinch a salt, Kelly's debut is refreshing, cheery dare I say it..summer pop. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2003 by Miss Joanne O'neil