This is her second album (at the ripe old age of 21) and it covers all the bases.
Peter Marsh 2002
Jessica Simpson is as wholesome and well adjusted as they come, despite appearing on 'Disney Club' at a tender age along with fellow starlets Aguilera and Spears. This is her second album (at the ripe old age of 21) and it covers all the bases - shiny, digitally rendered funk ("Irresistible", "I Never"), huge power ballads ("There You Were", "When You Told Me You Loved Me") and even a bit of gospel, namely "His Eye Is On The Sparrow". It's what you would expect - a mix of Britney, Christina, Mariah and even Celine, in fact, Ms Dion's usual arranger is brought in to provide extra firepower for the ballads. The standout cut is "Hot Like Fire" which sees Jessica get into Destiny's Child territory - she's been cheated on by her man and gets appropriately annoyed on what is easily the her best performance on the record. The girl can sing, as they say in Texas, which incidentally is where she was brought up. "To Fall in Love Again" morphs from heavy duty ballad into an R'n'B tinged slow jam, showing maybe that there are other opportunities for Ms Simpson other than those on show here. What does she care, anyway... the album's just gone Gold in the States.