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Irresistible is Jessica Simpson's second studio album that was released on May 25, 2001 by Columbia Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Irresistible 3:16
  2. A Little Bit 3:47
  3. Forever In Your Eyes 3:38
  4. There You Were (with Marc Anthony) 4:25
  5. What's It Gonna Be 4:41
  6. When You Told Me You Loved Me 3:48
  7. Hot Like Fire 4:17
  8. Imagination 4:25
  9. To Fall In Love Again 4:57
  10. For Your Love 4:19
  11. I Never 4:35
  12. His Eye Is On The Sparrow 4:37

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Irresistible" debuted at #6 on the Billboard 200, selling 120,000 copies during its first week. It was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies in the United States.

As of February 2009, the album has sold 755,000 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Irresistible" was not well received by critics who said the album sounded generic and over-produced.

Chuck Campbell of Daily News gave the album a rating of 2.5 out of 5. He said the album was "nothing but a footnote", and remarked that the songs sounded too similar to works by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.

He concluded by commenting on Simpson's version of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow": "So if her pop fortunes fail, perhaps she'll find some contemporary Christian singers to imitate."

Teresa Gubbins of The Dallas Morning News wrote that it "doesn't do much to set her apart. It's likable but definitely not distinctive – just another formulaic entry into the already saturated teen-pop field." She gave the album a grade of C.

David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a D and said that it "should have been called 'Relentless'. Exploiting every cliché in the pop 2001 handbook – florid ballads seemingly formulated for movie soundtracks [...] it quite literally hits you baby, and more than one time." Although he gave Simpson credit for being able to sing, he said that she did it in a "talent show manner".

Kirsten Koba of Popmatters commented that the album "is more reminiscent of trips to the dentist's office, or any equally oppressive place that only plays adult contemporary schlock."

Barry Walters of Rolling Stone wrote that except "Hot Like Fire", every other track on Irresistible needed remixing. He concluded by saying, "With so many teen-pop choices, this prom-queen cyborg remains redundant and reactionary."

Sal Cinquemani of Slant called the album a "lackluster sophomore" effort. He commented that there was no "original note" on the album and compared the tracks to those by Britney Spears.

AllMusic critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine graded the album 2.5 stars out of 5, and commented that the album was "filled with frothy, sugary pop tunes." He said that apart from the title track and "A Little Bit", none of the songs "register as songs – they're just stylish background music."

Erlewine concluded by commenting, "it's a bit of the inverse of Sweet Kisses, which was too heavy on ballads, and, like that record, this is the work of pros, so it sounds fine as it plays but it lacks a song as strong as 'I Think I'm in Love With You' to anchor it – so it floats away from memory."

Peter Marsh of the BBC said the album sounded like a mixture of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, and wrote that it covered all the "bases".

Larry Printz of The Morning Call called the album "pleasant, palatable modern pop." He wrote that the album was "clearly the best of the lot", and commended Simpson's vocals.

Chuck Taylor of Billboard described "What's It Gonna Be" like "another bid for chart domination" and viewed the album as "a great step forward for youth pop and sure footing for [this] glamorous talent."

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