The rest of Paris teeters around the genre-play of the singles -- it's very much a pop record, but Hilton tries her hand at R&B, reggae, pop, rock, and even country (the Alanis Morissette-channeling "Not Leaving Without You" is a riot.) It ends with her covering Rod Stewart's "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" in a way only Paris Hilton could.
The most hidden of the release's hidden gems, though, has to be "Screwed." On this track, Hilton sings about a romantic dilemma she hopefully has never experienced: the bouncy tune is written from the perspective of someone whose significant other cheats on her, and she inexplicably wants him back… while acknowledging it's a problem and she's "screwed." Ironically enough, the song was intended for Hilary Duff's older sister, Haylie, to jump-start her music career, but Paris' version leaked first. Guess we all know who's screwed.
Critically, Paris received mixed reviews -- Billboard and Entertainment Weekly championed the release, while E! and NME slammed it. In retrospect, it feels like a forgotten LP (with the exception of "Stars Are Blind," which broke the top 10 in 2006 and is burned into the greater cultural consciousness). The dynamism of the release made it polarizing -- is this a good album? Or is it all over the place? Many couldn't get over the fact that Paris Hilton was making music and never really gave her a fair chance in the beginning, as if she bought her way into pop stardom.
Any way you slice it, Paris is still a great pop album -- a well-written one, and one that serves to define just how strange and exciting 2006 was. Ten years later, Paris nostalgia might be bubbling under the surface, to which we say: give us a new LP, Hilton!