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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.

My Teenage Dream Ended
My Teenage Dream Ended.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 31, 2012 (2012-08-31)
Genre
Length27:28
ProducerFredrick M. Cuevas
Singles from My Teenage Dream Ended
  1. "Finally Getting Up from Rock Bottom"
    Released: 3 August 2012
My Teenage Dream Ended
AuthorFarrah Abraham
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SubjectAutobiography
PublisherMTV Press
Publication date
August 14, 2012
Media typeHardcover
E-book
Pages240
ISBN978-1576875988

Contents

ProductionEdit

In August 2012, Abraham released the 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]

Abraham recorded her vocals for the album to a click track, while the production of the music was handled separately.[3] In an interview with The Fader, Cuevas stated: "Like, she'd heard it before and approved it for that song, but as she was recording we never had the music on."[3] Abraham also wanted the Auto-Tune effects on her vocals to sound "edgy", so worked with Cuevas to make them more aggressive.[3] The album's first single, "Finally Getting Up from Rock Bottom", was released on August 3, 2012, through In Touch Weekly magazine.[4]

Critical responseEdit

The accompanying album received an overwhelmingly negative response. It has been widely criticized 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".[5] Feminist website Jezebel called the lead and sole single, "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 have been aborted.[6]

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.[7][8][9] In The Wire, Andrew Nosnitsky called it a "haunting and fascinating mess of outsider pop music".[10] 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.'"[7] The Village Voice compared it to critically acclaimed witch house band Salem.[11] The Guardian's David Renshaw considered it the weirdest record of the year, describing its sound as "an agonising, disconcerting clatter" and "as if someone is translating chart music into an alien language and back again." Discussing the album's positive reception among avant garde circles, Renshaw concluded: "All in all, it's as if Joey Essex had ditched Towie to record an album with Autechre and Lars von Trier."[12] The publication later ranked it 32 on their list of best albums of the year.[13] In a 2017 review for Charli XCX's Pop 2 mixtape, Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork retrospectively summarized: "Sweepingly ridiculed as one of 2012's worst albums, that judgment, five years later, feels wildly narrow-minded. It is a baffling work, to be sure: frantic layers of dubstep, EDM, witch-house, and breakbeats seem to run in the opposite direction as Abraham's absurdly AutoTuned narratives about surviving the death of her husband. [...] After my first full spin of Pop 2, I couldn't shake the thought: 'This sounds like Farrah, but good.'"[14] In late 2017, Duncan Cooper of The Fader wrote that "Farrah Abraham’s pop music should make her an avant-garde icon."[3]

Year-end listsEdit

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
The Guardian Best Albums of 2012
32

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."The Phone Call That Changed My Life"2:50
2."After Prom"2:59
3."Caught in the Act"1:44
4."With Out 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

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ a b c d Cooper, Duncan (November 21, 2017). "Farrah Abraham's pop music should make her an avant-garde icon". The Fader. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  4. ^ http://starcasm.net/archives/169126
  5. ^ "Farrah Abraham Made the Worst Song and Music Video of All Time?". The Trend Guys. August 30, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  6. ^ Morrissey, Tracie Egan (April 6, 2012). "Teen Mom Farrah Abraham Releases the Worst Song You Will Ever Hear. Ever". Jezebel. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Macpherson, Alex (September 27, 2012). "My Teenage Dream Ended: Album Review". Fact. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  9. ^ Freeman, Phil (September 3, 2012). "The Secret Cyborg Genius of MTV Teen Mom's Farrah Abraham". io9. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  10. ^ The Wire 345, p. 56.
  11. ^ Johnston, Maura (August 7, 2012). "Farrah Abraham: The Salem Of Teen Mom?". Village Voice. Retrieved March 5, 2013.
  12. ^ a b Renshaw, David (September 28, 2012). "Farrah Abraham: the reality TV Teen Mom behind the weirdest pop record of the year". The Guardian. Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  13. ^ "Best albums of 2012: 40-21". The Guardian. November 26, 2012. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Garvey, Meaghan (December 20, 2017). "Charli XCX: Pop 2 Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 21, 2017.