Simpson slacks off on album

From her music to fashion to the big screen, Jessica Simpson takes the entertainment industry by storm once again with her fifth solo album, “A Public Affair.” With her new, hot album out and a movie on its way, Simpson shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon.

Born a native Texan on July 10, 1980, Jessica Simpson discovered in her pre-teen years her love and talent for singing. Jessica’s father, Joe Simpson was a pastor of a local church and had Jessica start performing at an early age on Sunday mornings. She quickly gained popularity by singing at Christian youth conferences but hit it big after switching genres to the mainstream pop market.

Simpson hit it big when she was asked to tour with the late 90’s boy band 98 Degrees and released her first album “Sweet Kisses” in 1999 with hits such as “I Wanna Love You Forever.”

Not long after, in 2001, Simpson’s second solo album “Irresistible” was released, but Simpson was unaware what her future held in store for her.

In 2002, Simpson married lead singer of 98 Degrees, Nick Lachey. The couple became one of the most visible young couples in entertainment and soon became the stars of the hit reality show, “Newlyweds,” which focused on the ups and downs of married life.

Within the next couple of years, Simpson released her fourth album, “In This Skin” and starred in her first movie, “Dukes of Hazzard” as the infamous Daisy Duke. In 2005, Simpson hit some hard times with her high profile divorce from husband, Lachey, but not even a divorce will keep Simpson down.

On August 29, 2006, Jessica released her fifth solo album, “A Public Affair.” The sounds of the album are straight out of the 80’s, but a couple of the songs have been receiving some negative feedback.

According to Bill Lamb from About.com, it sounds like Jessica Simpson aims for a sort of post-modern “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” vibe, but unfortunately it’s more cringe-inducing than amusing. More on the positive note, Simpson has taken this album under her wing and co-wrote almost the entire album, which put a more personal note to it. She sings about issues such as her divorce and going out with her girlfriends to get her mind off her recent very public drama.

The album’s hit single, “A Public Affair” offers a light embrace of the best of 80’s pop music. Although it closely resembles Madonna’s classic “Holiday,” it has a great beat and catchy tune to go along with it.

“A Public Affair” hit the personal note with Simpson and her biggest fans but not with the charts or the critics. Let us just hope that Simpson’s acting career makes more of a statement then her album.

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