A Public Affair
Released: Aug 2006
Jessica Simpson's A Public Affair makes Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics, her stab at channeling Etta James, look like a risk on par with Dylan going electric. Affair, Simpson's "divorce" record (how old is she again?), is blissed-out bubblegum, liberally and unapologetically stealing from Madonna, Janet, Shania -- even Kansas gets a nod (check the guitar on "Back to You"). With seemingly nothing to prove, the diva throws herself a party, one that's as guilty a pleasure as staying up late watching Freddie Prinze movies and mowing down chocolate chip.