Ashley Tisdale is over High School Musicals and onto her own soundtrack to her life. The 23-year-old’s new single “It’s Alright, It’s OK” hit radio last week with its belted chorus and “tell him off” type of vibe.
“It’s Alright, It’s OK” is the first single off Tisdale’s follow-up to 2007’s Headstrong titled Guilty Pleasure. There’s nothing too guilty about enjoying Tisdale’s new CD, which is available June 16th on Warner Brothers Records, simply because it shows her growth and is pure fun!
Co-writing several tracks herself, Guilty Pleasure offers solid power-pop songs appealing to her Disney audience like “Overrated” and “Delete You” while taking things up a notch with “Acting Out” and “Masquerade”, but still delivering ballads with “What If” and “Me Without You”.
“I’m growing up and this is music I would listen to,” Tisdale says. “On this record, I’m not catering to anyone other than to who I am as a person. I think all of these songs have a message and a story that anyone can relate to. I couldn’t sing them if I didn’t connect with them myself.”
A diverse group of writers and producers contributed to Guilty Pleasure such as Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood), Toby Gad (Beyoncé, Fergie), Billy Steinberg (Madonna), Emanuel Kiriakou (David Archuleta, Nick Lachey), and Swedish production team Twin (who co-wrote the Headstrong singles “Not Like That” and “Be Good To Me”).
“Acting Out” is the perfect track to lead off the 14-track album since it appears to be Ashley Tisdale’s anthem for Guilty Pleasure. In the song, Tisdale sings: “Let me out of this cage / I’m not gonna hold back / I’m gonna break these chains / I’m taking control now / Gonna give you something to talk about / It’s another side of me I’m acting out.”
Despite songs like “What If” and “Delete You” feeling a bit repetitive and annoying, Tisdale serves up a satisfyingly good pop album, which may even have people comparing her to the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Britney Spears. She still keeps things young and even represents her roots with Broadway undertones on songs like the heartfelt “How Do You Love Someone” and “Hair”, which gives Tisdale’s love interest permission to mess up her lovely locks.
“It’s Alright, It’s OK” is available for download now on itunes.com and look out for Guilty Pleasure going on-sale on June 16, 2009.
Check out these Top Tracks: “Acting Out”, “It’s Alright, It’s OK”, “Masquerade” and “Crank It Up”