Music Article

A Great Hook?

Analyzing Eliot Spitzer's call girl -- Three experts examine Ashley Alexandra Dupre's singles

In the days after 22-year-old call girl Ashley Alexandra Dupré a.k.a. ''Kristen'') brought down ex-New York governor Eliot Spitzer, two of the wannabe singer's tarty dance singles (''Move Ya Body'' and ''What We Want'') grabbed nearly 5 million online listens. But just how many diamonds are they worth? Our esteemed panelists dish...

THE VOCAL COACH
''As far as emotion, she's actually got some in her voice. And she's probably done some singing in her life — the voice isn't terrible, but there's not a lot of technical proficiency going on. As far as technique? On a scale of 1 to 100, she probably only has a 17. But she's got enough style to pull off this genre.''

THE SONGWRITER
He admits ''it's like pulling teeth to have something to say about this music. There's nothing unique in any way, which is a shame because she is obviously a unique person.'' In addition, he predicts that lyrics like ''Sex, money, drugs/Is what I'm all about'' (from ''Move Ya Body'') may end up ''on her tombstone.''

THE SEX THERAPIST
''Ashley seems to be speaking the language of female desire, which is sometimes raw and hungry and other times filled with vulnerability. The lyrics — 'Can you handle me boy?' — reflect the fact that today's women are often tougher and more demanding than the men that show up in their lives.''

Originally posted Mar 21, 2008 Published in issue #984 Mar 28, 2008 Order article reprints