Guilty Pleasure

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6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 81 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 47 out of 81
  2. Negative: 26 out of 81

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  1. dan
    Aug 2, 2009
    2
    Anyone giving this CD a 10 doesnt know anything about music. This CD has some of the worst lyrics i have ever heard and the production is god awful. Her first cd was decent but this one is just terrible in every way...be warned!!!
  2. Dec 17, 2012
    8
    I have to be honest, this album is really good for me. I like it because I really enjoyed the Ashley's dark side. This CD involves more emotions and also have more dancing songs, plenty of love/break-up songs and many other ballads that help her to show us how goos her voice is. Guilty Pleasure is, for me, what its title says... my guilty pleasure.
  3. TimH
    Jul 30, 2009
    0
    Conquer the world: Everyone who considers themselves music buffs spit in your general direction. I understand your resentment of vacuous hipsters who value obscure music as outlets to identify how "hip" they are, but... NORMAL people? Really, you don't have to be abnormal to gag at this schlock. Even if you are looking for mindless "catchy" pop, you can do way better than this.
  4. Sep 28, 2010
    8
    Ashley Tisdale returns with a better second effort, that has her rocking and dancing with more powerful vocals than ever before. She shines as a pop star with tracks like Masquerade, Crank It Up, How Do You Love Someone and the single It's alright, It's ok. Acting out is quite an excellent track as an introduction to the album, but the volume of her voice can be a bit too loud. The otherAshley Tisdale returns with a better second effort, that has her rocking and dancing with more powerful vocals than ever before. She shines as a pop star with tracks like Masquerade, Crank It Up, How Do You Love Someone and the single It's alright, It's ok. Acting out is quite an excellent track as an introduction to the album, but the volume of her voice can be a bit too loud. The other tracks are actually not bad, they can be enjoyable once in a while, they just can't stand on their own. Yet, Ashley surprisingly did an album that stays on the same style without never getting repetitive or an annoying song. Expand
  5. Sep 23, 2010
    10
    Great album!!!! "Hair" is the best track on the album!!!! Even better than her debut and can easily be seen as amazing...I don't know why she didn't start singing much earlier like vanessa hudgens...Styill amazing though
  6. Nov 26, 2010
    5
    Guilty Pleasure is not satisfying. Ashley's voice lacks grit and edge. Most of the songs are boring because of the sick beat and rhythm that does not fit the rock genre. Although, Ashley is a real singer but the album lacks everything for its title.
  7. Feb 21, 2011
    5
    she show everyone that she can sing but her voice not suit for rock. she should stick with her pretty pop-dance songs. this album is okay but not good.
  8. May 4, 2012
    10
    Great album! Ashley it's so awesome this time: great songs, great lyrics and a beautiful voice.. Even the photoshoot looks good, she's pretty and talented.. Her best album!
  9. Sep 1, 2013
    1
    Tisdale's sophomore album sounds as if it arrived to pop, two years two late. The production all sounds recycled. Perhaps if she weren't scraping the bottom of the Dr. Luke Max Martin barrel for b-sides so pathetic, not even Skye Sweetnam or Fefe Dobson recorded them. "Hot Mess" is perhaps the best and most original track, in that it cheekily describes Tisdale's desperation in anTisdale's sophomore album sounds as if it arrived to pop, two years two late. The production all sounds recycled. Perhaps if she weren't scraping the bottom of the Dr. Luke Max Martin barrel for b-sides so pathetic, not even Skye Sweetnam or Fefe Dobson recorded them. "Hot Mess" is perhaps the best and most original track, in that it cheekily describes Tisdale's desperation in an autobiographical lyric play. But still, grasping for originality in a track straight from the gutter out of Avril Lavigne's do not record pile. Tisdale has no identity, and will remain unknown in the music world, aside from playing Sharpay Evans on High School Musical. Expand
  10. May 4, 2014
    9
    Ashley Tisdale's first album "Headstrong" started off in a rough spot commercially. Either no one took the time to hear it, or Ashley didn't take the time to promote it fully with shooting of "High School Musical 2" around that same time. Afterwards, she made up the rest of the promo duties in October of 2007. After earning a Gold certification at 471,000 copies sold, it didn't make aAshley Tisdale's first album "Headstrong" started off in a rough spot commercially. Either no one took the time to hear it, or Ashley didn't take the time to promote it fully with shooting of "High School Musical 2" around that same time. Afterwards, she made up the rest of the promo duties in October of 2007. After earning a Gold certification at 471,000 copies sold, it didn't make a giant impact. But it wasn't a disaster like we quickly assumed considering that it sounded similar to the failed debut album that Diana DeGarmo put out.

    Now in the year 2009, Ashley might have went to the same hairstylist that DeGarmo had and came out a brunette. But that's not her only change. Her second album "Guilty Pleasure" takes on the pop/rock sound with the electrorock subgenre, which was different from the first album. With the exception of the Timbaland-ish "Crank It Up", the entire album is jammed in the middle between the Hilary Duff/Lindsay Lohan teen rock from Disney's past and the Miley Cyrus/Selena Gomez electronic pop/rock from Disney's present.

    The "High School Musical" breakout, whose vocals still aren't as powerful as Demi Lovato's, sounds scattered on "It's Alright, It's OK". Limping from note to note to high note and sounding like Kidz Bop covering "So What", the album's first single doesn't make a giant mistake like it wanted to. As much as she tries to show her growth, the vocals sound constrained, and the amazement is not there. Tisdale hasn't even gotten a handle on the slow ballads yet. On "What If", she struggles to shake off the Broadway pitch for "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi's soft tune. It comes across as an outtake from the "High School Musical 3" soundtrack as well as a sequel to the wobbly ballad "Unlove You" from her debut album.

    When listening to the lyrics on "Hair", those who miss the blonde ambition she had with Sharpay Evans and Maddie from "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" will find it hard to endure through the full song. Also sounding like a bad pun, "Hot Mess" is a decent track, but considering what didn't impress already, the album could have been either summed up as a hot mess or made into a more appropriate title for this album until the rest of the album is played.

    Listeners are prone to doubt the potential of Disney stars but have never counted out Ashley. As you listen to "Overrated" you can somehow identify it as a top 40 ready smash that would have made a better first single than "It's Alright, It's OK". Ashley could have also substituted in "Masquerade". This radio-friendly jam sounds pitchy when sung live, but it gives Ashley room to grow as a vocalist. She comes out swinging toward the end of the album with knockouts like "Me Without You" and "Switch".

    In a typical discussion, Tisdale is often labeled as the fabricated Disney tycoon instantly, but Tisdale's showbiz record has less in common with everyone else than anyone takes the time to notice. While she had her first encounter with Disney at the regular starting age of 13, her first appearance in a Disney product was in the 1998 Pixar film "A Bug's Life". While every other Disney star was still a teenager at their breakthrough, Tisdale turned 21 when "High School Musical" took off. While all of her good Disney friends got record deals from Hollywood Records, Ashley made a bold decision by signing to Warner Bros. Records. It may not get her videos on YouTube due to the label's feud with that website, but they supported every decision Ashley went with. Most of these songs flow better than the first single, and she finishes this round feeling like a champion.
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  11. Matt
    Jul 30, 2009
    8
    Critics again show their unfair biases in bashing what is a good pop album. It's very state of the art stuff with memorable tunes. The only weakness is Ashley's vocals, but she gets by on personality.
  12. DanielS.
    Jul 30, 2009
    10
    AMAZING! is her best album yet! the songs are true original songs.. is the cd that i can listening everyday.. her style is much better now! the album is just perfect.
  13. Matty
    Jul 30, 2009
    0
    Garbage if you are over the age of 12 or not a pedophile like conquer the world.
  14. Craig
    Aug 3, 2009
    8
    There are a half dozen songs on the album that are pretty good. While her sound is probably more appealing to teens, some of the lyrics are pretty adult. She needs to get rid of the teen pop sound and develop an adult pop sound so her lyrics and sound are in sync.
  15. conquertheworld
    Jul 29, 2009
    10
    #1 on itunes for a reason, this album has fantastic melodies, great production, and tisdale has likable charisma as a vocalist. A perfect pop album, don't listen to the critics let them continue to listen to obscure crap like grizzly bear, For the rest of us normal people that actually like music that is catchy and well produced you can't go wrong with Tisdale.
  16. Nov 19, 2010
    5
    Honestly, it's better than most albums churned out by Disney stars, but it still feels engineered, almost unorganic. It feels like her producers didn't bother to grace her with their best work, like she wasn't good enough for it. While she doesn't have Kelly Clarkson-huge pipes, her voice is still decent, maybe one more shot can finally prove that her music might not be so guilty a pleasure.
  17. Mar 30, 2012
    8
    She made progress from her previous effort. She sounded more edgier and rock-y. And she's comfortable that way. But, maybe the ballads still need something more. The Upbeats helped it mesh together well.
  18. May 29, 2014
    0
    That sucks! OMG, how can anyone hear it? Never buy guilty pleasure, you will regret it! A copy of other mixed albums for other singers. Extremely loud and annoying.
  19. May 29, 2014
    0
    horrible, generic and honestly everybody who buy this album wait more than this, this is one of the most horrible album of a disney/ex-disney star can make
  20. May 29, 2014
    0
    This album is crap!! The music is so annoyed, she´s far away from "The fame". This is an unforgettable album, it sucks!! Don't buy it, you won't regret!!
  21. Sep 6, 2014
    6
    Guilty Pleasure é um bom álbum Pop/Rock, mas não chega a ser excelente. Algumas faixas são muito descartáveis e cansativas, como Hot Mess e Tell Me Lies, que em minha opinião são as piores do álbum. Mas aqui Ashley mostra que tem muito talento e pode fazer muitos albuns melhores daqui pra frente. As melhores faixas do CD são Hair, Acting Out e Masquerade.
  22. May 24, 2015
    10
    this is the album of my life Crank It Up outsell all your faves singles so shut the **** up because Tisdale's the QUEEN OF POP, who's Madonna, Britney, Aguilera, Gaga and Kelly Key near Ashley Tisdale? This album should have a note 100, at least.
  23. Jan 3, 2015
    0
    No!!! This album is a disgrace to the music industry! Sad that this even comes under music! Ashley, your career is over!! Don't even try to release more music please
Metascore
48

Mixed or average reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Not everything works--Tisdale isn't convincing when she tries to deal in either pain or carnality, but when she sticks to the surface, she makes sure that Guilty Pleasure lives up to its title.
  2. At 24, though, she's still treading an overly familiar pop-rock trail already better blazed by 16-year-old Miley Cyrus, and Guilty Pleasure isn't so much pleasurable as simply vapid.
  3. Ms. Tisdale, an average singer, gasps on 'Hot Mess.' "I’m leaving every piece of my conscience behind." But being bad, it turns out, is sort of boring.