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  • Summary: This is the second album for the actress best known for her role in High School Musical.
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  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. Power ballad 'What If' reveals that Tisdale can deliver the radio-ready goods, and 'Tell Me Lies' is convincingly spunky. But the rest of the material, as racy as it sometimes is, doesn't give the singer room to comfortably let loose.
  4. 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.
  5. There are a few glimmers of hope; Tisdale has said her heroes are Pat Benatar and Kelly Clarkson. But to succeed in the crowded hallways of teen pop, she'll have to be as fearless a misfit as those two bad girls--and not feel guilty about it in the morning.
  6. By chasing trends in an attempt to stay current, Guilty Pleasure sounds hopelessly dated and out-of-touch in the ever changing pop marketplace.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 8 out of 22
  1. 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 prettyGreat 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! Expand
  2. 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! 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. Expand
  3. 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'tAshley 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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  4. 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 herHonestly, 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. Expand
  5. 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 butshe 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. Expand
  6. 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'tTisdale'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
  7. 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 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. Expand

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