Ken Barnes of USA Today chatted with readers in an online chat on Tuesday and was asked about his thoughts on Hilary Duff.
“Perfectly pleasant pop (sorry, I’m a functional alliterate)with today’s fashionable rock flavor,” he said. “She sounds fine and the songs are catchy and I found it quite likable, if not stunningly original. I’d take hearing her on the radio over Christina any day.”
Later, he was asked about Christina Aguilera’s string of songs the questioner said had a “rebellious, angry, screw you tone” and whether she was alienating her fan base in the process. “If only, but she’s done a pretty good job of not disappearing,” Barnes responded. “Christina’s certainly a lot more successful on the radio than Britney, who needs a big comeback (which I wouldn’t bet against). I find Christina’s appeal truly baffling.”