What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's no explicit content on this album, but a newly sophisticated dance-club diva has replaced our comfy, wholesome-looking teen queen.
What's the story?
On DIGNITY, Hilary Duff has the same electronically processed, baby-doll voice, and the same penchant for self-absorbed lyrics as we heard on her past efforts. Still, the former child star has transformed from well-scrubbed, wholesome girl-next-door blonde to sultry, glamour-puss brunette. Some of the lyrics are clever; for example, when she uses a line attributed to Andy Warhol: \"You'd show up at the opening of an envelope.\" Other lyrics address dealing with disappointing boyfriends and other tough life events with self-confidence and humor, delivering a subtle girl-power \"you-can-do-it\" message to young fans.
Is it any good?
Dignity is a sparkling, energetic album that will appeal to dance-club wannabes of all ages. Hilary doesn't exactly break new ground, as most of the songs seem to be about herself. But she does apply some ironic wit here and there. "It's not news when you've got a new bag/it's not news when you're looking your best/Come on, give it a rest." Instrumental tracks are tasteful and appropriate, featuring some especially terrific rhythm section and guitar work. So put on your dancing shoes, sing along loudly, and join the party.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Hilary's transformation from cutie-pie teen star to glamorous young woman. Is she still relatable to her young fans? Do you think she's a good role model? Why or why not? Do pop stars have a responsibility to serve as role models?