Hilary Duff is gearing up for an extremely busy summer before she turns 18. The multi-platinum recording artist's first two albums sold nearly 12 million copies around the world. Hilary just finished recording new songs for her Most Wanted CD which is a collection of Hilary's hits re-mixed and re-mastered featuring 8 never before released songs including three brand-new songs, 'Wake Up', 'Beat Of My Heart' and Break My Heart', that were recorded exclusively for this album. Hollywood. 2005.
Hilary Duff stares off the cover of Most Wanted
with the look of a doe-eyed, feathered-haired criminal. Or maybe she's just exhausted, which would explain why she revisits so much already-released material. Three of the teen queen's biggest, brightest hits ("Come Clean," "Rock This World," and "Why Not") get the remix treatment. Impossible though it seems, each remix is still zippier than the original. Perennial fave "So Yesterday" is squished between the hard-rockin', deeply satisfying "Mr. James Dean" from 2004's Hilary Duff
and the too-girlie-for-its-own-good "Metamorphosis" from the same-named 2003 disc. There are three originals including opener "Wake Up", a slightly self-pitying look inside the celebrity glass bubble, but to a great beat, the danceable "Beat of my Heart," and emo-esque
"Break My Heart." The burning question of whether it's worth it to buy this record based on the inarguably good remixes and three original tracks will be dictated by how severe her fan base's withdrawal symptoms are. If magazine covers bear any relation to the old practice of plastering a town with "wanted" posters, odds are Duff's zillions of fans will not only find this disc but help her deliver on its smart title's promise. --Tammy La Gorce