Emily Osment

Fight or Flight

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After getting her start on the Hannah Montana show, actress Emily Osment became the latest in a long line of Disney starlets to launch a music career. She made her debut with 2009’s All the Right Wrongs, a spunky (if spotty) EP featuring Avril-influenced chick rock and distribution by Wind Up Records. Partnering with Wind Up, a label known for its hard rock acts, gave Osment something that most Disney girls lack: a semblance of street cred. So it’s a bit confusing to hear the 18-year-old rocker-in-training switch gears on her Fight or Flight, which focuses on electronic dance-pop instead. Out with the guitars; in with the synthesizers. Out with the punky lyrics; in with the double entendres. Fight or Flight sounds like Katy Perry with a sneer, with a sexual undercurrent that runs beneath every song and bubbles to the surface quite often. “Get Yer Yah-Yah-s Out” is a club anthem about… well… getting one’s yah-yah’s out at a club, and lead single “Let’s Be Friends” details Osment’s desire to get busy with a stranger (“Don’t you wanna know what it would feel like?/Let’s be friends so we can make out/You’re so hot, let me show you around”). This new character -- the hormone-crazed dancing queen -- is an altogether different role from the one Osment played on All the Right Wrongs, where she flexed her teenaged punk rock muscles by hurling insults at the homecoming queen. She pulls off the transformation fairly well, due in no small part to the fact that she co-wrote every song here, and she sings circles around Disney contemporaries like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. Still, there’s a sense that Osment is just trading one form of rebellion for another.

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