OH JUST FUCK RIGHT OFF. UGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH 6 It's Alright, It's OK Average: 8.27 Highest: 11 x 4 (@tylerc904, @constantino, @Lost In Japan., @Push), 10 x 3 (@WhenTheSunGoesDown, @mat.overboard, @Totto) Lowest: 4 x 2 (@Sprockrooster, @Drawlight) I think I'm going to cry. After having been a fan during the Headstrong era and living to the edge with all that immature teen pop realness, I guess I never really thought about it but I figured Ashley's second effort would be in a similar vein. Rumours, interviews, the Autumn Goodbye mess, etc etc were all the plate of the day in 2008 for any fan of hers. I'm Back leaks and it's a bit of a change from the first album, noticeably with more attitude but stilll not that much of a departure. Skip to April and the excitement is growing like crazy. For me and the rest of her fanbase. It's been 7 years and more incisive details have since evaded my mind but I was so excited that I woke up earlier to listen to the radio premiere in some country. It was an iconic moment: getting completely blown away since the very first second of the song. Even more so than Acting Out, It's Alright It's OK commands you to stop what you're doing and be immersed by her energy, her drive. The muted, teasing production in the beginning is paired with a low vocal and it's instantly a career high. When the chorus hits you in all its confrontational, powerful force... you don't have a choice, you're transported all the way to the Ganges to get baptised. You're caught in a giant ass earthquake, holding on for your dear life. I was amazed. I repeated it for as long as I could. When it bombed in the US it was sad because I truly thought she had a chance to breakout, and then it peaked at #99. A mess. However, it did become a sizable hit in Europe. Back in the day of committed-as-fuck fansites, I was quite an adept myself; the top site was MissTisdale which had all the exclusive info (a few years later it exposed Ashley for her apathy and lack of concern towards her fans I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_ the end of an era). I was watching MTV (and I'm from Portugal, where Ashley was never big either, but did have a tiny dedicated fanbase. I actually have a messy story with the owner of one of these sites but let me not tell it I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_.) There was this morning music video block and all of a sudden It's Alright, It's OK starts playing and I just go ecstatic and screaming and everything. (I later enthusiastically emailed the fansite about this situation as if they cared, kii) This is one of the moments that made me give it my 11. The release of this song was the apex of my Ashley stanning days, one of the releases that I anticipated heavily and did deliver, a throwback to days I hold very close to my heart. All that and the fact that it's an absolute triumph. The music video, directed by her then-boyfriend Scott Speer is obviously quite fitting. Thematically, that is. Ashley finds out her fictional beau Adam Gregory (literally who?) is cheating on her so she breaks into his house and decides to be a little #rebel. Call all your friends? Check. Perform your hit single by the pool? Check. Invite a bunch of Brazilian male models you don't know? Double check. She proceeds to fill up a digital camera (I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_) with photographic proof of her posing very suggestively with those guys. The perks of being Ashley Tisdale, I guess. The cheater's new girlfriend then leaves her upon glancing at the mess yatta yatta happy ending. How iconic is the initial moment when she kicks the garden gnome though? So now is the moment when I drag each and every one of you by the actual Hair.mp3. Except for Sprockrooster's commentary, there's just no salvation for this mess: "This is very Miley Cyrus isn't it? But Miley did it better, so that is a problem." You do you. And lock your windows this night. GhettoPrincess, what do you have to say for yourself? "I used to love this one but it’s really grated on me. That chorus is rather flat. I do love the ad-libs though." I can't really drag my hunties like that but I'M STILL MAD. What even? How does this grate on anyone really? Let me just angrily quote lyrics at you: I WON'T RETURN, OUR BRIDGE HAS BURNT DOWN I'M STRONGER NOW. And that were all the negative/mixed comments MESS. I loaded my Glock for nothing I guess. The nay-sayers felt my future wrath when they were rating this and decided not to say anything. Queens of intuition! I'm still coming to terms with the fact that this isn't our #1. The funny thing is it was practically always in the top 5 until the end. It was entirely my fault for forgetting to input her scores but Sally_Harper's 7 made it slip to a 6. *moment of silence* Okay. Let's proceed. This song was comparison fodder so let's move on to that. It's P!nk for Iheartpoptarts: "The chorus gives me bubblegum 'So What' and I kind of love it." Remove kind of and that's quite alright in my book. A few reviewers on iTunes agree with you but in a very negative way (1-star reviews kind of way, I_CANNOT_USE_REAL_WORDS_PROPERLY_). They're a mess. "Ooh, this one sounds like Kelly Clarkson! I wonder if Ashley could hit the Since U Been Gone high notes?" muses Plethorya. Definitely not but of course there is a YouTube fan video of Ashley with Since U Been Gone as the background music. Oh, the horrors of Movie Maker and One True Media, and lesbian Ashley-Vanessa video fanfiction. Shockbox hails Ashley as "the queen of basic pop bops" and of course he's right. She's the queen of everything, so logically. DJHazey is serving all I wanted to read in the commentary for It's Alright, It's OK: "The magic in this song is right in the second half of the chorus where Ashley delivers the words with every bit of conviction she can muster: "I WON'T RETURN, OUR BRIDGE HAS BURNED DOWN, I'M STRONGER NOW!" Even if the beginning of the chorus is actually a bit clunky if you ask me. That last chorus is the kind of thing popstars dream of having. *Checks for remaining hair*" Welp. Ashley doesn't get her weaves made out of nothing. WhenTheSunGoesDown is stanning for the bridge. Let me quote i- okay I'll ju- DON'T WASTE YOUR FAKE SHIT TEARS ON ME. "This middle 8! A gift from the gods". For mat.overboard, it's a "POP ANTHEM. Queen of adlibs and high notes! Jade Ewen WHO?" That's a good question, actually! Sexercise, you better not fuck it up: "Honestly this should’ve smashed. It was probably 2 years too late though." You get a cookie. And now for my absolute 11 hunties. I adore you all! Tylerc904: "Couldn't resist giving this classic an 11. After really liking Headstrong (and Ashley in general) I sort of stopped paying attention. This tune was on the radio and I could NOT believe it was her. Immediately downloaded it and have loved it ever since. Screaming this chorus is just amazing." Queen of comebacks!! constantino tells it like it is and laments the stateside flop it was: "This Avril Lavigne-lite pick-me-up ANTHEM! Is it me or is this eerily similar to P!nk’s So What, except much better? Miss Tisdale was ROBBED of that global sma$h!! This is so much better than anything I was expecting from this rate and I’m kinda gagging to be honest. I will definitely use this a lot from now on…in fact I might even buy this legally to throw the good sis some coins." Also thanks to Lost in Japan who didn't submit commentary for this. I think I've finally made my peace with it departing at #6. At least it's not a total disaster like it leaving before the top 15 or something. Imagine that happening. I'd pull a Mushroom.