A Little More Personal (Raw)
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Hot on the heels of her platinum-plus debut album, Speak, Lindsay Lohan returns with her sophomore release A Little More Personal (RAW). Lindsay has taken greater creative control on this project,giving the album a much more personal touch. Not only did she write the lyrics for the heartfelt first single, 'Confessions Of A Broken Heart', she also directed the video. The multi-talented Lindsay penned most of the tracks on the album,teaming up again with proven-platinum producer Kara Dioguardi. Lindsay has proven again that her talents know no limits. Singer,songwriter,actress and superstar. Universal. 2005.
On her second full-length album, Lindsay Lohan tries to leave her Disney image behind for good. And what better way to do it than by starting off with the stark "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)," in which the singer wrestles with her stormy relationship with her felonious father? Lohan Sr. also is the object of the tortured "My Innocence" (as in, Dad, you took it away.) But the best tracks here are the ones on which Lohan Jr. spares us the angsty therapy and delivers tuneful pop-rock. Sure, the kind of rousing mega-chorus used on "Black Hole" has already been heard--to greater effect--in Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone," but it's still nifty. Elsewhere, "A Little More Personal" begins with Lohan talking about how talking at the start of a song is "rad," but then it turns into a very Cars-like tune--and it's hard to think of a catchier band than the Cars. No wonder it all sounds so impressively slick: For this transitional album, Lohan has surrounded herself with a team of pros--Kara DioGuardi (who's also written for Lohan rivals Ashlee Simpson and Hilary Duff, and coauthored 9 of the 12 songs here), power-popster Butch Walker, and former Evanescence guitarist Ben Moody. The first two also put their producing stamp on a cover of Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" that's even more upbeat than the original, while Moody applied his tech skills on the other cover, Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen." Moody particularly shines on "Fastlane," however, a super-catchy number that's one of four for which Lohan gets a songwriting credit. Has she grown up? Maybe not entirely yet, but Lohan is showing the promise of an honorable mainstream career. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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I am not going to give a song by song review but I will say each song on this album is fantastic. My personal favorites are My Innocence, Edge of Seventeen, Confessions of a Broken Heart, and I Want You to Want Me. But all the songs on this album are fantastic.
One thing that's worth noting is Lindsay shares co-writing credits on a number of songs from this album and Lindsay also co-produces this album which shows just how far she has come with this album. So if you get this album you won't be disappointed. It deserves the 5 star rating I gave it!
I do not have Lindsay's first cd, so I can't compare this one to that one, but just comparing to other music I know, I would say this is very Hilary Duff meets Kelly Clarkson meets Avril Lavigne. In some of the songs she sounds very much like Hilary, but in others she seems to carry her own and even sounds better than anything I've heard Hilary do. She's not quite as vocally talented as Kelly, but she does seem to have a sense of maturity.
As for the songs themselves, they are quite catchy. Most of them have a rock sound (very much like Kelly's Breakaway album or Avril's Under My Skin cd), while a couple of them lean more on the pop side. My favorite tracks are probably "Who Loves You", "Black Hole", and "If You Were Me". Now for the two covers...well...they're not horrible. "I Want You To Want Me" is a classic Cheap Trick song that just about everyone knows. And it will always be a good, fun song no matter who records it. Lindsay does sound a little flat during to verses to me, but I think it's because she tries to sound tough and in doing that she falls off the notes at the end. "Edge of Seventeen" is just so-so. I'm probably one of the biggest Stevie Nicks nuts you'll ever meet, so hearing someone else doing her songs just doesn't seem right to me. It's like they're my babies or something. This version just seems rather sleepy. Lindsay sings it kind of breathy and doesn't put any of the Stevie edge to it that her fans know and love. Plus, she doesn't even sing the last two verses. She just repeats the chorus over and over. For those of you who don't know, it's supposed to go like this at the end...
there was no one left standing in the hall
with a flood of tears that
no one really ever heard fall at all
Well I went searching for an answer
Up the stairs and down the hall
Not to find an answer
Just to hear the call
of a nightbird...
Singing come away...
Just like a white winged dove
Sings a song
Sounds like she's singing...
Ooh baby ooh said ooh...
Well I hear you
In the morning
And I hear you
But sometimes to be near you
Is to be unable to hear you
I'm a few years older than you...
Anyway Lindsay skips that totally and to me that's the best part of the song. Kind of a letdown there.
However (sorry about my rant), overall I have to say this album is very good. Here are my ratings of each song on a scale of one to ten:
1. Confessions Of A Broken Heart (Daughter To Father) - 8/10
2. Black Hole - 9/10
3. I Live For The Day - 7/10
4. I Want You To Want Me - 7/10
5. My Innocence - 7/10
6. A Little More Personal - 8/10
7. If It's Alright - 8/10
8. If You Were Me - 10/10
9. Fastlane - 5/10
10. Edge Of Seventeen - 5.5/10
11. Who Loves You - 10/10
12. A Beautiful Life (La Bella Vista) - 8/10
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