My Teenage Dream Ended

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My Teenage Dream Ended
Studio album by Farrah Abraham
Released August 31, 2012 (2012-08-31)
Genre Pop, Outsider
Length 27:28
My Teenage Dream Ended
Author Farrah Abraham
Country USA
Language English
Subject Autobiography
Publisher MTV Press
Publication date
14 Aug 2012
Media type Hardcover
E-book
Pages 240
ISBN 978-1576875988

My Teenage Dream Ended is the debut book and album by Farrah Abraham. Abraham came to prominence in the MTV reality TV show Teen Mom.

Production[edit]

In August 2012, Abraham released an autobiography My Teenage Dream Ended, published by MTV Press. The book chronicles her teenage pregnancy and the problems she faced during the time, including her drug use, the arrest of her father, and the death of her daughter's father, Derek Underwood.[1] The musical album, produced by Fredrick M. Cuevas, is a companion work to her autobiography; each of the ten songs shares a title with a chapter of her book.[2] The book was a success making number 11 on the New York Times bestseller list.[1]

Critical response[edit]

The accompanying album attracted a wide range of critical responses. It has been widely criticised for its extensively autotuned vocals and bland production. Her single On My Own was derided as one of the worst works of pop music ever made, eclipsing Rebecca Black's Friday.[3] Feminist website Jezebel called one track, "Finally Getting up From Rock Bottom", "the most horrible combination of sounds to ever be assembled in the history of audio recording", suggesting that while Farrah may have kept her baby, the song should be aborted.[4]

But despite garnering mockery in the popular media, the arrhythmic and cheaply digitized presentation of deeply confessional lyrics was bewildering enough to lead some to instead view it as a contemporary example of outsider art.[5][6][7] In The Wire, Andrew Nosnitsky called it a "haunting and fascinating mess of outsider pop music".[8] Writing for The Atlantic, David Cooper Moore suggested that the album "is to teen angst what Eraserhead was to domestic angst", making it "a dark and compelling experiment in abstracting and compressing the vicissitudes of 'high school drama.'"[5] The Village Voice compared it to critically acclaimed witch house band Salem.[9] The Guardian ranked it 32 on their list of best albums of the year.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "The Phone Call That Changed My Life"   2:50
2. "After Prom"   2:59
3. "Caught in the Act"   1:44
4. "Without This Ring..."   2:53
5. "Liar Liar"   3:37
6. "Unplanned Parenthood"   2:31
7. "Searching for Closure"   3:49
8. "On My Own"   2:55
9. "The Sunshine State"   1:44
10. "Finally Getting Up From Rock Bottom"   2:22

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Durham, Jessica (August 23, 2012). "'My Teenage Dream Ended:' Farrah Abraham Lands On New York Times Bestseller List; Reveals Drug Abuse and One-Night Stands". Books & Review. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bonner, Mehera (August 13, 2012). "Farrah Abraham Releases Her Debut Album". WetPaint. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Farrah Abraham Made the Worst Song and Music Video of All Time?". The Trend Guys. August 30, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  4. ^ Morrissey, Tracie Egan (April 6, 2012). "Teen Mom Farrah Abraham Releases the Worst Song You Will Ever Hear. Ever.". Jezebel. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Moore, David Cooper (September 12, 2012). "The Scary, Misunderstood Power of a 'Teen Mom' Star's Album". The Atlantic. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Macpherson, Alex (September 27, 2012). "My Teenage Dream Ended: Album Review". Fact. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Freeman, Phil (September 3, 2012). "The Secret Cyborg Genius of MTV Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham". io9. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ The Wire 345, p. 56.
  9. ^ Johnston, Maura (August 7, 2012). "Farrah Abraham: The Salem Of Teen Mom?". Village Voice. Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Best albums of 2012: 40-21". The Guardian. November 26, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.