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I Am Me is Ashlee Simpson's second studio album that was released on October 18, 2005 by Geffen Records.

Tracklisting

  1. Boyfriend 3:01
  2. In Another Life 3:48
  3. Beautifully Broken 3:16
  4. L.O.V.E. 2:34
  5. Coming Back For More 3:30
  6. Dancing Alone 3:56
  7. Burnin Up 3:57
  8. Catch Me When I Fall 4:02
  9. I Am Me 3:18
  10. Eyes Wide Open 4:10
  11. Say Goodbye 4:15

Album Background

Chart Performance

Like her debut album, "I Am Me" debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200; however, it didn't achieve the same success as "Autobiography" as it sold only about 220,000 copies while her debut album sold 398,000 copies.

Sales for the album declined 67% in its second week, when it sold about 73,000 copies and fell to #6 on the Billboard 200.

During its third week, the album sold about 54,000 copies, a sales drop of 25%, and it fell on the chart to #10.

Rolling Stone magazine grouped it among the numerous "heavily anticipated albums" of the season whose sales had "fizzled" such as Alicia Keys' "Unplugged" album and Rod Stewart's "Thanks For the Memory: The Great American Songbook 4" album (which had been released in the same week as "I Am Me").

As of April 2008, the album has sold 944,000 copies in the United States (according to Nielsen SoundScan).

In Australia, "I Am Me debuted at number 35 without a single being lifted from it before its release.

The single "Boyfriend" was released the week after the album was released. However, the album failed to chart again after its debut and dropped out completely.

In the United Kingdom (in the absence of any promotion), "I Am Me" debuted at #160, selling just 1,392 copies in its first week.

However, in late January 2006, Simpson went to the UK to promote "Boyfriend", several months later than in the United States; the single was released in the UK on 30 January 2006, and hit #12 in its first week. Also, the album climbed to #50 in the UK in mid-February 2006.

Critical Reception

The initial critical response to "I Am Me" was mixed.

At Metacritic, the album has received an average score of 43, based on 13 reviews.

A BBC review of the album was positive, calling it "confident yet searching" and saying that it "flirts with 80s production throughout and produces a more mature, tighter sound than some of her peers."

Stylus also gave it a favorable review; while saying that it "isn't as consistently strong a record as Autobiography", it calls the album "more-than-respectable" and "a very good record".

Another review called it "a solid pop/rock album" with strong songwriting that "should go far to re-establish Ashlee Simpson as a legitimate artist", giving it three-and-a-half stars (out of five).

Rolling Stone gave it a negative review, rating it slightly lower than it had previously rated "Autobiography." The album received one-and-a-half stars, while "Autobiography" received two (out of five).

Rolling Stone review called it "a collection of eleven soulless tunes that fail to even qualify as guilty pleasures" and said that "in venturing to offer something for everyone, Simpson offers nothing for anyone."

Allmusic also gave the album a negative assessment (and a rating of two stars out of five), saying that "unlike Autobiography, this simply is no rock & roll fun — the songs aren't catchy, the attitude is dour, the productions are cold and distant, all highlighting the deficiencies in Ashlee Simpson as a singer, while burying the likeable persona she had on both her debut and her MTV show."

Blender said that, in comparison to her debut album, "the songs are soggier, the sentiments more banal" and calls it a "sophomore slump", giving it two out of five stars.

Another review called the album "solid but unspectacular", crediting Simpson with going "in directions that Avril Lavigne has never thought of" but wishing that Simpson displayed more "obnoxious grit" on the album.

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