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Hilary Duff

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Overproduced and bland CD for tweens.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Nice girl -- if humorless -- role model.




Nothing bothersome.


Squeaky clean.


Surprisingly commercial-free.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's not much to worry about content-wise.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byendommage April 9, 2008
Adult Written bypunk_butters April 9, 2008

It's got a rock beat going on

I liked this album better than her first, but then again, I'm into louder songs. This one seems more directed towards an older age group too. But just as... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old September 30, 2009


i think its quite good!
Teen, 14 years old Written bysockeye-salmon April 9, 2008

Eww. Hilary Duff

I always wonder how Hilary Duff has become famous. She's not the best actress, singer, or anyhting else that she wants to be. This album is cute, but she... Continue reading

What's the story?

A one-woman entertainment industry, Hilary Duff already has a successful career as a movie and TV actress, and seems intent on establishing herself as a music artist of substance and maturity. Whether she has singing talent is awfully hard to tell on HILARY DUFF, her self-titled album. It is so heavily overproduced that it's impossible to know where the sweet little-girl voice ends and digital processing begins. On song after song, impassioned pleas for this or that are buried deep in the mix. And when you do catch the lyrics, they are so obvious that they border on inane. \"I'm an angel/I'm a devil/I'm somewhere in between...sometimes I am a million colors/sometimes I am black and white...\" she warbles on \"I Am.\"

Is it any good?

The musicianship and production are adequate but uninspired; the songs are instantly forgettable. In her eagerness to leave her childish world and adorable slumber-party playfulness behind, Duff has apparently lost her sense of humor. It's too bad, because along with her image as a confused but lovable teenager, she's abandoned a lot of her kooky charm as well.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the pitfalls involved in taking yourself too seriously, then spend your money on another CD.

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