Here’s the thing: Ashley Tisdale‘s 2009 opus Guilty Pleasure is one of those terrific, mostly-forgotten noughties pop records with a lot of crunchy Swedish production that just took what all of her contemporaries were doing and refined it; it’s aggressively derivative and there’s nothing original about it, but who cares? It’s a tremendously catchy and likable dance-pop set.
She doesn’t quite hit the mark on her new single “You’re Always Here,” a one-off return to music that pays tribute to her late grandfather; Tisdale wrote the track with her fiance Christopher French and it’s, well, a little gloopy. The synths are a little tinny, and her vocals are perfectly serviceable but nothing spectacular, and the lyrics are very sweet and sentimental but kind of generic — it’s basically an off-brand “Brightest Morning Star.”
Still! It’s nice to hear the Tiz making new music again, but wouldn’t it be better if it were a bonkers pop anthem like “Hot Mess” or “Hair”? So maybe let’s put the emphasis on that sort of thing again, Ash, and we’ll all be the better for it.
[via Just Jared Jr.]