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Julianne Hough
By: Kevin Snyder, CSO Contributing Journalist
6/24/08

Most new artists share the same problem of trying to build their name to sell it to the public and radio. Julianne Hough has already built up a reputation for herself as a two time champion on the television series Dancing With the Stars. Her fame from this popular TV series, no doubt, helped her debut album land at number one on the country charts.

Hough’s self-titled debut is a declaration of sorts, that she is a legitimate country singer and not just another celebrity trying to cash in on the country music industry. It’s also a declaration that not only is she a country singer, but a future star in the industry.

The most accurate word to describe this album is “catchy,” as nearly every tune will have you tapping your toe or bobbing your head in one way or another.

The lead single from the album, “That Song in My Head” is as catchy as the title suggests as it will remain in your head long after the song has ended. “You, You, You” follows with its repetitive, yet, once again, catchy, lyric.

The next track, “Hide Your Matches,” has a clever hook and an interesting way to describe the flame that ignites a relationship. Hough advises that if the guy isn’t ready for the serious relationship then he better hide his matches and not spark the flame that would turn the relationship up a notch.

One could make the claim that “My Hallelujah Song” is somewhat autobiographical for Hough, even though she didn’t actually write the track. It’s an upbeat tune about how she can’t believe how she got to where she is now. Hough has a lot to be thankful for with a successful dancing career and an emerging country music career, all at the young age of nineteen.

Hough tackles a serious song with a message that many high school girls could probably easily relate to in “Jimmy Ray McGee”. It’s a song about the decisions a young girl makes in high school that could affect her for the rest of her life. She includes a duet with her brother Derek on “Dreaming Under the Same Moon;” a song about the siblings separating to pursue their own respective careers yet dreaming under the same moon and feeling connected still.

About Life” is an upbeat tune about how one feels and copes with everyday occurrences in life. The next track, “Hello,” is one of the strongest tracks on the album. It’s another catchy song that has Hough criticizing herself for always picking the same guys when she knows that they aren’t right for her.

The album takes a serious turn again with “Help Me, Help You” which is about alcohol abuse and a friend trying to help another through the addiction. The song seems almost inspirational and towards the end it really showcases how much a friend actually can help with the problem even when they don’t think they are doing any good.

In “Love Yourself,” Hough sends another message to the teenage girls that they should not worry about other people and be themselves. The album closes with “I’d Just Be With You” about one seeing their loved one as comfort and crutch in times of uncertainty.

All in all, this album is a good indication of where Julianne Hough is right now. She speaks to her age group in a few songs directed at the teens and she sings a few songs that show incredible maturity and experience; which Hough has plenty of with her extensive dancing career. There is a little bit of everything on this album that almost everyone can relate to in one way or another.


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