September 08, 2003 12:00 PM

Hilary Duff (Buena Vista)

She played a teen who’s mistaken for a pop star in this year’s The Lizzie McGuire Movie, but actress Hilary Duff wants to be a real singing sensation. After releasing a Christmas disc last year and performing two songs on the Lizzie McGuire Movie soundtrack, Duff, 15, has come out with her first full-length CD of new material. And while she won’t make Avril lose any beauty sleep, Duff makes fairly tasty bubblegum for tweens. With a voice at least as good as that of another actress turned singer, J.Lo, and a charming girl-next-door personality that translates well from screen to record, Duff gets passable marks on pop-rock numbers like the first single, “So Yesterday.” Duff, who helped write only the title track, delivers age-appropriate lyrics about topics like turning 16, discovering herself, resisting pressure to have sex and, of course, boys. But not even her middle-school fans will be convinced when she attempts to go heavy metal on cheesy cuts like “The Math,” singing, “If you can’t do the math, then get out of the equation.” BOTTOM LINE: A credible career change

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