Hilary Duff
Breathe In. Breathe Out.


2.0
poor

Review

by Peter Meister USER (94 Reviews)
November 17th, 2015 | 41 replies


Release Date: 06/12/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Breathe in.... breathe out! Breathe in.... breathe out! You feeling any better yet?

Comebacks in music are pretty risky and often testy at times, especially when it comes after being on infinite hiatus or a disastrous album from years ago. It can prove lethal to an artist's career and legacy if inproperly done. The more unlikely comeback in music happened with former Disney star Hilary Duff, best remembered for her iconic Lizzie McGuire stint and less remembered for her lengthy music career. It wasn't a bad career, delivering four records to her credit and achieving two Top 40 hits. In the midst of pop superstars making their splash this summer, with other Disney counterparts like Demi Lovato with her surprising "Cool For The Summer" cracking the Top 10 and Selena Gomez's sensually-charged "Good For You" equally achieving - Hilary thought it was the right time to make a comeback. Her fifth record "Breathe In. Breathe Out." was supposed to signify her maturity musically, but it suffocates in too many spots to be taken seriously.

Hilary always has crossed the bubblegum pop path her entire career, but in her fifth record decided to diversify a bit. She decided to front in adult contemporary, EDM-pop with a hint of Owl City-like influence, and her old style all in one. She even brought in prominent, more recognizable names such as Tove Lo, Ed Sheeran, and Matthew Koma to assist in the album's creation, and it turned out decently. Songs like the sleek, modern "One In A Million" with its sparkling synths and enchanting hook display Hilary's maturity when it needed to, as her new record was supposed to be a showcase of such. It does itself justice when you stumble upon songs like the synth powerhouse "My Kind", having some of the sappiness of a romance track with a sense of vulnerability. It also blends with Duff's glowing vocals and the pulsating, sun-bathed synths that burst out throughout the track. This gives Hilary that sense of maturity and progression as an artist and it's hard to say otherwise.

While there is a chunk of the record that is solid, "Breathe In. Breathe Out." closes the airways in a ton of spots that feels like an asthmatic having asthma or being poisoned by carbon monoxide. For one, it starts off terribly with the cheeky "Sparks", a sort of introduction to the record itself. If there hasn't been a more frustrating start off to an album, the whistles on this song are bound to be up there along with the mediocre lyrical basis smacked upon it. The lyrical basis on the album in general is among the worst of the year, suffering immensely in laughable material like the flowery "Brave Heart", a dull, awkward attempt on an romantic, inspiring song with lines like "out here and alone/but still got one thing left/I got a brave heart" destined for face-palm moments and confusion. Even on some of the good songs like the chilling, futuristic "Arms Around A Memory", it features embarrassing one-liners like "hot sweats and cold sweaters" which can be difficult to ignore even on the bearable part of the set.

While Hilary Duff's fifth record shows some promising signs of the Disney alumni progressing and her maturity eight years after her last album, the constant inconsistency between tracks and terrible lyrical basis condense this too much to keep the air flowing. There's a ton of potential here with the direction of Hilary's sound and her soft, mellow vocals but it wheezed on through for the most part. While it is surprising to see Duff return back to music after a major hiatus, this won't garner much fanfare from even the more Disney-crazed or teen-pop fans alike in general and it shouldn't. Another poor try at a comeback but expected, just know if you decide to give "Breathe In. Breathe Out." a try - heed with caution and make sure you have an inhaler at hand. Your gonna need it after intoxicating yourself with this album.



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SPRFanOf5H
November 16th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

OFFICIAL RETURN ON THIS ACCOUNT!! Hell yeah! So glad to be back in the reviewing side of things, wishing I put my Logic and Justin reviews on here instead of that account.



Glad to be back everyone officially. Criticism and feedback much appreciated, supposed to post this review before my hiatus but oh well! Brushed it up a bit before posting.

Archael
November 16th 2015


1163 Comments


fuckin terrible inane faux dancey pop bullshite

Asdfp277
November 16th 2015


19453 Comments


hilarious duff

someguest
November 16th 2015


29892 Comments


if there's fluff on duff's muff she's old enough

ahh, to be young again

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AmericanFlagAsh
November 16th 2015


8660 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Worst album I've listened to this year.

Archael
November 16th 2015


1163 Comments


smae

SPRFanOf5H
November 16th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm in agreement with everyone here! Stated that for certainty here.

SharkTooth
November 17th 2015


13948 Comments


so many comeback albums this year

SPRFanOf5H
November 17th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Those comebacks have varied in the hit and miss department certainly this year.

SharkTooth
November 17th 2015


13948 Comments


Blur, The Sonics, Public Enemy, Faith No more, and now this I mean seriously

Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2015


24656 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this sucks

SPRFanOf5H
November 17th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It truly is a masterpiece of awfulness.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2015


11661 Comments


Nice to have you back man, cool review

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SharkTooth
November 17th 2015


13948 Comments


You seriously need to ask Jom about your old account

SPRFanOf5H
November 17th 2015


831 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Already did! He recovered it, now im posting back on it. Thanks for the extra heads up though, posted this review from my original.

user
November 17th 2015


1546 Comments


you sneaky fuck

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2015


16065 Comments


i guess hillary duff isn't all of a sudden cool to like like justin bieber is.

user
November 17th 2015


1546 Comments


was someone suggesting that?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 17th 2015


16065 Comments


just typing out a thought/observation, i changed the comment to reflect that better

RadicalEd
November 17th 2015


9432 Comments


but hey, her kids-show back in the day was kinda cool in a 90s kids show kinda way right?



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