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Hilary Duff : Hilary Duff

Todd L. Burns, Stylus, 24 September 2004

IF YOU'VE LISTENED from the beginning, you shouldn't expect much. Hilary Duff's debut was a hit and miss affair. Leaving aside the great 'So Yesterday' and the nearly great 'Come Clean', the best song on offer was the one-and-a-half minute synth driven 'Inner Strength', written by her sister (don't worry, the last song here teams the two up again). The Matrix showed up for 'The Math' (nice lyrics, but not much else) and 'Where Did I Go Right?' (not much to speak of), but were slightly off their game. Admittedly, it was a perfectly toned bubblegum album, designed for maximum pop, but one that regretfully lost its taste after only a few listens.

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