Release Date: Jul 28, 2009
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Rock, Pop
Graduated from High School Musical and on the eve of her 24th birthday, Ashley Tisdale is ready to act like an adult, or at least not like a tween, on her second album, Guilty Pleasure. The title is a giveaway to Ashley's pop aspirations, the cover an indication of her Britney Blackout makeover, the album a curious hodge-podge of every young starlet of the last few years of the decade, both big and small, good and bad. Britney, in her post-K-Fed incarnation, is naturally at the foundation, but Ashley also incorporates Ashlee Simpson's junkie-wannabe rock, Katy Perry's provocative stomp, Fergie's trashy club crawl, some of Christina's theatricality, and Kelly Clarkson's spunk plus, most bizarrely, a bit of Lindsay Lohan's soul-baring second album on "How Do You Love Someone," a song that lashes out at distant dysfunctional parents, a song so atypically ugly it stops the album dead.
Ashley Tisdale, the singer-actress best known for her role in Disney’s tween-bonanza franchise High School Musical knows from guilty pleasures; her high-camp diva Sharpay was one of the few bright, tart spots in an otherwise diabetically sweet series, and her ’07 album, Headstrong, offered several delicious bubblegum bits. 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. Independent-girl anthems like ”It’s Alright, It’s OK” and ”Delete You” are glossy enough, but it would be better still to see Tisdale finally graduate.
In a particularly transcendent episode of Disney Channel original series The Suite Life of Zach and Cody, the gang’s high school puts on a stage production of High School Musical. It’s a glorious testament to the bizarrely insular world of the Disney Channel that much of the episode’s humor revolves around cast member Ashley Tisdale being overlooked for the part of Sharpay. Hilarious, right? If you are only mildly aware of “Party in the U.S.A.” or can’t distinguish between Kevin, Nick, and Joe, then chances are you have no idea that Tisdale was the original Sharpay in the three High School Musical movies.
ASHLEY TISDALE“Guilty Pleasure”(Warner Brothers) Ashley Tisdale’s first album, “Headstrong,” was released in early 2007, when several things were different. Her hair was blond, not brunet. She’d not yet had a nose job, a procedure that landed her squarely under the tabloid microscope. And the country was still in the thick of the hailstorm that was “High School Musical,” in which Ms.