Ashley Tisdale - Headstrong
Length: 45 minutes
Release Date: February 6, 2007
After a year of
riding the rollercoaster named High School Musical
we finally get a chance to see the real Ashley Tisdale.
Up until now she’s released a few songs that were
fun, but nothing that really pushed her abilities or showed
us what was on the mind of this emerging star.
Kicking off the
CD is an Intro that’s designed to give
you the goose bumps that hit you prior to the first note
at an arena concert. It builds with anticipation and features
melodies contained on this forty-five minute solo effort.
It blends into the first song, So Much For You
which gives you a good idea that this is a pop oriented
release with strong enough beats to keep any club moving.
However it’s just a warm-up for Ashley’s first
real single He Said, She Said which lyrically
and musically is her most mature effort. While it’s
got an edge, it’s still miles from the current CHR
Good To Me
rolls through with a mid-tempo dance track that features
an additional rap segment leading up to the bridge. Next,
Not Like That is the first track to get inside
the head of the "chick that hits spots in her flip
flops." The first ballad Unlove You features
yet another change stylistically with an emotional charged
track that drifts close to the theater.
picks everything back up and puts the pop oriented bounce
back into Ashley’s step with a strong track. It
features a flowing lyric and stacked harmony similar to
the style that put Stacie Orrico at the top of the charts
a few years back. Following the fun track we move on to
another song, Love Me For Me that returns to
theme of this release of being who you are and being strong
As expected, Going
Crazy is another dance track with a strong anthem
flavored chorus, while Over It feels lyrically
and musically closest to songs from the Britney era. Out
of these three songs clustered together Don’t
Touch is the winner with the strongest message and
treated to two songs back to back from the High School
Musical Tour. We’ll Be Together explores
the issues of being in love while yet young with conviction.
A topic that is sure to connect with the majority of Ashley’s
fans. Headstrong builds and builds to the strong
chorus as the smoke shoots up from under the stage. Even
if you didn’t see this one performed live it’s
got just as much energy. While this song will get its
comparisons to Gwen Stefani, it’s important to remember
that Gwen is not the first nor the only one to sing the
style she’s often credited with.
The album closes
with Suddenly which chronicles Ashley’s
life and the dreams that have been fulfilled while still
being the same girl she was when it all started and that
core of that girl is what is most important.
Clearly the wait
for this release was worth it. Each song builds on her
strengths and vocally she experiments with several directions
that provide a lot of balance to her first solo effort.
To date, this is the best full length effort from a cast
member of High School Musical filled with passion
and energy that places it in the category of must have
releases for 2007.