A Little More Personal (Raw)


''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' (stylized as ''A Little More Personal (RAW)'') is the second studio album by American actress and singer
Lindsay Lohan Lindsay Dee Lohan (; born July 2, 1986) is an American actress, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, and television personality. Born and raised in New York, Lohan was signed to Ford Models at the age of three. Having appeared as a regular on th ...

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. It was released on November 30, 2005, by
Casablanca Records Casablanca Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group and operated under Republic Records. Under its founder Neil Bogart, Casablanca was most successful during the disco era of the mid to late 1970s. The label currently fo ...
. Initially titled ''There's Only One Angel in Heaven'', the album features darker material than Lohan's debut album '' Speak'' (2004). Recording sessions took place in several locations, including at Lohan's trailer during the shoot of '' Herbie: Fully Loaded'', where she recorded her vocals for the album's only Single (music), single, "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)". ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' received mixed reviews from Music journalism, music critics, who praised Lohan's ambition and vocals, despite considering it a weak album. The album charted mildly compared to ''Speak'', debuting (and also peaking) at number 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' 200 chart, with first-week sales of 82,000 copies. However, ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' was certified RIAA certification#List of certifications, Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of over 500,000 copies. It was also certified Gold in Taiwan. Lohan promoted the album with a few television appearances, including at MTV's ''Total Request Live'', ''The Ellen DeGeneres Show'' and the 2005 American Music Awards, 33rd Annual American Music Awards.

Background and recording

During the shoot of the music video for her single "First (Lindsay Lohan song), First", Lohan revealed in an interview with MTV that she was preparing her sophomore studio album. "When you get into the studio, everything just comes out," she said. "All your creative juices are there. I don't [want to] leave. I'll still be in there until all hours, and it's nice to be able to do that." Lohan began writing lyrics for the album in June 2005, after the last single from her previous album had been released. "I've been writing a lot, almost every night," she said. "There's been a lot going on [in my life lately], and I think people can find that escape in hobbies that they do. I don't do yoga or anything, but some people use that. Everyone has their own thing, and I use writing." Initially titled ''There's Only One Angel in Heaven'', the pop rock album features a darker theme when compared to Lohan's previous album. "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)", the lead single and first track of the album, was mainly written by Lohan as a letter to her father, Michael Lohan, Michael, who was incarcerated in June 2005 after surviving a car crash for which he was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional writing and song production was done by Butch Walker, Greg Wells and Kara DioGuardi,''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' (liner notes). Lindsay Lohan. Casablanca Records, Casablanca Music, LLC, a division of Universal Music Group. 2005. 602498871935. who revealed, "If you solo the vocals you'll hear race cars, because we brought the studio to [Lindsay's] trailer on ''Herbie: Fully Loaded''. I'm not kidding! She had no time to do the record, so she would be on her lunch break, and I'd be like, 'Throw that thing down your throat and get over here, 'cause we got to finish these vocals!' So I sat for 14 hours on the set and would grab her for, like, 10 minutes at a time. The poor girl. That's the reality of young Hollywood. When they're hot, they're worked to death. It was 18/20-hour days. ... And I swear: 'Vroom! Vroom!' You can hear it in the back." "My Innocence" is also about Lohan's father. Lohan also covered two songs for the album, "I Want You to Want Me" by Cheap Trick and "Edge of Seventeen (song), Edge of Seventeen" by Stevie Nicks.

Critical reception

''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. The album holds a score of 50 out of 100 based on 9 critical reviews, according to the music review aggregator Metacritic. Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album three stars out of five, saying, "Lindsay Lohan clearly spells out her ambition in the title to her second album, ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' -- she's going to shed the glitzy trappings of her debut, ''Speak'', and dig down deep in her heart, letting feelings flood onto the page". Erlewine also stated that even though the album "is far from being totally successful, it is an intriguing mash-up of heart and commerce. And it does suggest one thing that ''Speak'' never did: Lindsay Lohan may have an artistic vision as a recording artist, which is indeed a huge step forward". ''Entertainment Weekly'' 's Leah Greenblatt said, "like so many pop records today, ''Personal'' has more than its share of filler, and like all teenagers, Lohan contradicts herself. [...] Perhaps ''Personal'' 's vulnerability is calculated, and its rawness a misnomer, or maybe she's really opening up. We'll probably never know. Lindsay may no longer be on the edge of 17, but being 19, troubled, and ridiculously famous can cut pretty deep, so props to her for letting us see her bleed — just a little". Brian Hiatt of ''Rolling Stone'' said Lohan "makes a fatal mistake on her second album: She tries to, like, express herself", while a ''Los Angeles Times'' critic also gave the album a negative review, claiming that, "for most of the album, [Lohan] sounds like any other self-absorbed teen, yearning to be Alanis Morissette, Alanis, Gwen Stefani, Gwen, and even Stevie Nicks." Whitney Strub of ''PopMatters'' was strongly critical of the album, scoring it 3 out of 10 stars, while writing "what can one expect from an album that promises to get more personal... while combining blandness, banality, and vapidity". Sal Cinquemani of Slant Magazine considered ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' "more consistent than its predecessor, and it's not a bad listen by any means, but for all the so-called weighty subject matter, there's not much meat on these bones".

Commercial performance

''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' debuted at number 20 on the ''Billboard'' 200 on the week of December 24, 2005, with first-week sales of 82,000 copies. The album is certified Gold in the United States by the RIAA for 500,000 copies in shipment. As of May 2008, ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' has sold over 305,000 copies in the United States. In Taiwan, the album also received a Gold certification.


Following the album's release, ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' reportedly was certified Gold in Taiwan, and that Lohan was going on tour with the album in the country. "I just found this out today – my album went Gold there. It was a great feeling because it was very unexpected", Lohan revealed. "I would love to (tour Taiwan). I haven't toured at all at this point, but I would really love to do that. It's a great feeling to know that people in other places and other countries are aware of my music and what I do". For unknown reasons the tour didn't happen. However, as a thank you to the fans in Taiwan, both her albums were released there as deluxe editions, with ''Speak'' being released with a bonus VCD and ''A Little More Personal (Raw)'' being released with a bonus calendar and a promotional poster. Lohan promoted the album in a few television appearances, including at MTV's ''TRL'' on the day of the album's release and at ''The Ellen DeGeneres Show'' on December 14, 2005. Lohan also performed "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" and her cover of "Edge of Seventeen" at the 33rd Annual American Music Awards.


"Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" was previewed before the album's release at AOL Music's First Listen on September 30, 2005. It was made available for purchase as a Music download, digital download and was sent to contemporary hit radio on October 18, 2005. An accompanying music video for the song, directed by Lohan herself, references her father Michael's drunkenness and alleged domestic abuse, and was released on October 25, 2005. As a response to the music video, Lohan's father wrote a letter to the ''New York Daily News'', saying, "while I always considered and expressed how truly blessed Lindsay, as well as my other children, are, I never realized how blessed I am to have a daughter as amazing as Lindsay. Hold onto my shirt honey, soon enough you'll be able to hold on to me!" "Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)" achieved moderate chart success worldwide, reaching number seven in Australia on the week of its debut on chart. It spent 13 weeks on the chart, peaking at number 45 on the last. In Austria, it reached number 74 on the week of March 24, 2006, dropping the chart in the following. In the United States, it peaked at number 14 on the Digital Songs chart on the week of December 3, 2005, while reaching number 57 on Billboard Hot 100, ''Billboard'' Hot 100 on the week of December 24, 2005. It was Lohan's first and only entry, to date, on the ''Billboard'' Hot 100.

Track listing

Credits and personnel

Credits taken from the album's liner notes. Performance credits *Lindsay Lohan – primary artist, Lead vocalist, vocals, concept *Louise Goffin – piano *Butch Walker – Bass guitar, bass, guitar, Keyboard instrument, keyboards *Kara DioGuardi – Backing vocalist, backing vocals *Michael Herring – guitar *Ashley Arrison – backing vocals *A. Brien – bass *Darren Dodd – Drum kit, drums *Mark Colbert – drums *Marty O'Brien – bass *Tim Myers – bass Technical credits *Al Smith – contributor *David Campbell (arranger/composer), David Campbell – string arrangements *Daniel Chase – Programming (music), programming *Michael Lattonzi – vocal engineer *Butch Walker – arranger, Record producer, producer *Greg Wells – arranger, producer *Kara DioGuardi – arranger, producer, executive producer *Steve McMillan – Audio engineer, engineer, vocal engineer *Sandy Brummels – art direction *Stephen Finfer – production liaison *Joe Zook – engineer *Jeb Brien – contributor *Vlado Meller – Audio mastering, mastering *Dan Certa – engineer *Chris Steffen – engineer *Ben Moody – arranger, programming, producer *Christian Frederick Sr. Martin – contributor *Joanne Oriti – contributor *Claire Aude – engineer

Charts and certifications



Release history


External links

Lindsay Lohan's official music website

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