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"I Am" is a pop rock song written by Diane Warren, and
produced by John
Shanks for Hilary
Duff's fourth album, Hilary Duff (2004). Jeff
Rothschild and Shanks mixed the song, and it
was one of several tracks on the album made available to request on
Radio Disney in
the United States. It is
an empowerment song in which Duff lists positive and negative
aspects about herself; she has said it is about being comfortable
"with all those feelings ... being who you are". During
Duff's performances of the song on her concert tour in early 2006,
images of victims of the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean
earthquake were shown.
German band Die Happy
covered the song for their 2005 album Bitter to Better.
Their version was released as a single in late 2005 (see 2005 in music), and
it reached number seventy-five on the Germany singles chart, remaining on it for six
Critics gave "I Am" mixed reviews. Ken Barnes of USA Today, who
criticised Hilary Duff for the preponderance of "hackneyed
self-affirmation messages", named the song the "prime offender" in
conveying such messages. Slant magazine's Sal Cinquemani
described "I Am" as "terminally sanguine ... what Alanis
Morissette might sound like if she had a lobotomy (Duff is apparently a bundle of
really cheesy contradictions)."
Todd Burns of Stylus magazine, in a negative
review of the album, compared the song favorably to Ashlee Simpson's
"Autobiography" (from Autobiography,
2004); he said "clearly a candidate for the second single, ["I Am"]
is the requisite celebrity "but I'm so much more than
that" plea, but as with Simpson's "Autobiography", it
works quite well as a mission statement." Burns also commented
positively on the song's neighboring tracks on Hilary
Duff, writing "The triptych of "Shine", "I Am" and "The
Getaway", wherein Duff goes from love-struck girl to confused
young adult to independent woman is breathtaking."
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