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Ashlee returns with her follow up to her smash debt Autobiography with I Am Me. Features the hit single 'Boyfriend'. MCA. 2005.
For saboteurs of records that sound good because of elements completely unrelated to the artist, Ashlee Simpson's sophomore effort, I Am Me, may well be a dream disc. The production is a tight-wrapped, A-type achievement and, with sounds running from hip-hop (the unstoppably infectious "L.O.V.E.") to vintage '80s (the lusty "Dancing Alone") to Synchronicity-era Sting (the energetic, pulsing "Boyfriend") to airwave-friendly ballads that sister Jessica might have choked her way through ("Catch Me When I Fall"), the music sucks you in more reliably than a bagless Dyson. But instead of Ashlee Simpson, credit for both those things - really, for the way this disc favorably insinuates itself into a listener's head overall - belongs to producer/keyboardist/bassist/guitarist John Shanks. Ardent Ashlee-ites, of course, will beg to differ, and they won't be without their points: In addition to co-writing each of these 11 songs, some of which ("Beautifully Broken," a response to her "Saturday Night Live" lip-synching debacle) are more sophisticated than others ("Burnin' Up," a Madonna-reminiscent, reggae-style romp), she sings in a voice as artfully burnished and appealing as it was on her 2004 debut. She makes you want to la la all over again, and for that, and for finding the right guy to orchestrate this acknowledgment-heavy jewel, you've got to like her. --Tammy La Gorce
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My favorite song here is Dancing Alone but I also like Catch Me When I Fall, L.O.V.E., Coming Back For More and Say Goodbye.
At first I didn't think this could top her first CD but now (even though I like them both) find that this one does take the cake.
On a side note I wrote this review on January 14, 2007 so I don't know how it got under this date...I didn't write this almost a year ago...Strange, really.
Update: I guess it corresponds to when I purchased the album.
There are plenty of fun songs to go along with the serious, grown up Ashlee too. Here is my song by song review and rating of I Am Me...
Boyfriend- 9/10- The disc's first track and first single is one of those fun songs. It's rumored to be about Lindsay Lohan (Ashlee has denied this but come on!) It's a great song to sing along to and it's a great album opener.
In Another Life- 7/10- Her next song, In Another Life, is a song about a guy she must have had in another life. It's a cute song but clearly, not the best on the album, but still a good song.
Beautifully Broken- 9/10- This is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion. It's one of her deeper songs about all the rough times she went through in her career so far. One of my favorite lines from this song is
"Every day is a new day I'm reminded of my past
Everytime theres another storm I know that it wont last
Every moment I'm filled with hope
cause i get another chance"
That one and also this...
"Without the highs and the lows
Where will we go?"
A great, heartfelt song.
L.O. V.E.- 10/10- Next is another fun song and her second single L.O.V.E. To be honest, when I first heard this song I didn't really care for it. But it really has grown on me. So much so, I will say it's one of the top 3 songs on the album. Maybe #1 depending on my mood. It's not a deep song, but it's fun and catchy. The lyrics will get stuck in your head and you will be singing LO LO LO LOVE LO LO LO all the time after a few listens. Great song and awesome single.
Coming Back For More- 8/10- The next song, Coming Back For More, is an upbeat song about a guy that she keeps thinking about. It's a good song because it's upbeat and she is obviously singing about something she knows about.
Dancing Alone- 7/10- This one has got a good tempo. It's a real fun song. Even though there is nothing that makes this song stand out as far as lyrics I still love this song. Just the beat and tempo makes this song great!
Burnin Up- 8/10- This is another one of those catchy, fun songs. I really like how catchy this song is. Ashlee really sounds great in this song. I don't really have any more to say about it but I think you will like it.
Cath Me When I Fall- 9.5/10- I am really not a fan of slow songs, but Catch Me When I Fall is one of my favorite songs on this album. It deals with her infamous SNL incident. It's such an emotional, personal song for Ashlee and it makes me want to yell out to her "I will catch you when you fall Ashlee!" My favorite lyrics from this song is this verse here...
It may seem I have everything
But everything means nothing
When the ride that you've been on
That you're coming off
Leaves you feeling lost
This is one of my top 3 songs on the album.
I Am Me- 10/10- Now, for the song that fights for my #1 favorite song with L.O.V.E., I Am Me. This is a great rocking song that proves that Ashlee is a threat to be a force in rock n roll. I think Ashlee should focus more on the rock star side of her and get away from the dance/pop type stuff. I Am Me is Ashlee at her best. It's fun, it's rocking, and it has a great message for anyone..."I am me...and I won't change for anyone" Ashlee really has fun with this song and you will too when you listen.
Eyes Wide Open- 9/10- Here is another unique, upbeat song that is fun to listen to. I love the part that goes "Cool wind on my face..." Ashlee was talking about this song at her concert I went to and she said she wrote it after she moved in to her new house. She said she was alone in a big new house and everytime she heard a noise or something it made her froze so this is the song she wrote about it.
Say Goodbye- 8/10- This is the albums final cut. It's a slower song but it's perfect for an album closer. I really enjoy this song like I do all of Ashlee's songs. My favorite lines from this song is...
Maybe you don't
Like I love you baby
Cause the broken in you doesn't make me run
There is beauty
In the dark side
I'm not frightened
Without it I could never fel the sun
Overall, the I Am Me album gets a 9/10.
So, in conclusion, it's hard to say exactly what draws me, a 33 year old guy to Ashlee's music. I know her normal demographic is teenagers but I think Ashlee has a great message for people of all ages guys and girls. I think it's because, no matter how hard she falls, and how many mistakes she makes she always picks herself back up and comes back better than ever.
Ashlee has made some mistakes, but like all of us she's human. I think it's unfair the way some people have treated Ashlee. People that still make a big deal about the SNL incident have obviously not followed what she has done since then. She has more than made up for the SNL with her tours and her other appearences she has had where she not only has proven she can sing live, but she sings live very well!
In fact, I can honestly say, the 3 Ashlee concerts I went to were the most energetic, fun, and awesome concerts I have ever been to, and I have been to numerous concerts including many legendary rock bands. But Ashlee has so much raw energy and the crowd has almost as much energy as Ashlee does. In fact, the crowds at the Ashlee concert were the loudest, craziest, most fun crowd out of any shows I have been to.
I highly recommend I Am Me to everyone. It's one of those rare albums that I can listen to every song and not get bored. In fact I can listen to this album over and over again and not get tired of it. I also recommend that you go see Ashlee in concert. You won't be disappointed!
BOYFRIEND, ANOTHER GREAT SONG!!!!!!
GREAT SONGS GREAT TRACKS GREAT ALBUM, DID I FORGET TO MENTION THAT THIS ALBUM IS GREAT?
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