Her first album since 2007… Breathe In. Breathe Out. is Hilary as an established woman. As the simplistic black and white cover represents, her style is minimal, beautiful, and longgggggg overdue. HILARY DUFF FANS UNITE. The truth is, I grew up looking up to Hilary Duff. I sat down on my living room floor as a little girl and watched Lizzie McGuire with a big bowl of ice cream. Then I bought every album and poster and learned every word to her music. Through the years she fell off the grid but for good reason. This album shows the transition from her sort-of hibernation to her life back in the spotlight.
It’s no secret, Duff’s forte is POP, POP, and more POP. She’s good at it, it works, so why not. Nothing’s too heavy, weird, or experimental. It’s just good ole fashioned pop and I’m really ok with that. Songs like “Arms Around A Memory” and “Confetti” fit the dance/EDM trend that we hear a lot of these days. Both insanely catchy (#carjams) and two of my favorites off the album. “Confetti” is definitely radio ready, hopefully the next single! We’ve already seen the success of her first single “Sparks” a dark and sassy electro-pop tune inspired by her Tinder dates with some seriously lucky gentlemen; “I want to know what it is to connect with someone and what it is that gives you those sparks,” Duff says. “Sparks” is sure to make you whistle and clap along. Her voice sounds the same as it always has; a little whiny, smooth, and girly, just a little spunkier, which could be her newfound adult lady confidence.
The first half of Breathe In. Breathe Out. is packed with hits while the other half is slightly more sentimental and slower. Duff does manage to keep a solid beat in each song, making it last in your head for hours. “Tattoo”, “Picture This”, and “Night Like This” all pack in some saucy lovey dovey stuff. We all know Hilary recently separated from her husband and its clear “Tattoo” is about the lasting effects of love; “You’re under my skin burning in my bloodstream, I guess that you have to leave a tattoo on my skin.” Simple yet somewhat cliché lyrics surge through this album, but what Hilary Duff album would it be without some sweet as sugar lyrics.
A solid album from an artist that deserves the spotlight and the pop crown…Taylor Swift- BACK OFF.
By the way, if you haven’t watched Hilary Duff in “Younger” on TV Land, you need to catch up and watch the first season because it’s AMAZING.