However, the Dead Executives-produced tracks received favorable comments; critics wrote that they stood out from the rest of the album.
Although he wrote that Most Wanted "isn't a terrible album by any means, it's not particularly a good one, since Duff's two pop albums [Metamorphosis (2003) and Hilary Duff (2004)] have distinctive personalities that don't necessarily mesh together [...], and are both more fun than this." Anthony Miccio, from the Baltimore City Paper, wrote that the album "doesn't signify the closure of a brief career" but is "meant to satisfy an audience that won't be offended by the opportunity to buy their favorite songs again and again." Talia Kraines of BBC Music commented that " ...
there isn't enough here to warrant a purchase if you're already the owner of her back catalogue.
Most Wanted also contains 10 previously released tracks from Metamorphosis (2003) and Hilary Duff (2004), as well as songs from soundtracks of Duff's films: The Lizzie Mc Guire Movie (2003) and A Cinderella Story (2004), three of which—"Come Clean", "Rock This World" and "Why Not"—are in a remixed form.
Duff initially sings about the consequences of her fame and how people think they know "everything about [me]" ("There's people talking / They talk about me / They know my name / They think they know everything / But they don't know anything about me").
The following month, in an interview with MTV News, Duff said that she had been working with brothers Joel and Benji Madden, of the American rock band Good Charlotte, and Jason Epperson (together known under the production name the Dead Executives) to write and produce new songs for the compilation. Another ['Beat of My Heart'] is more techno, like DJ Sammy almost, and the third one ['Break My Heart'] is a pop-punk song, more like [Good Charlotte's] music." Duff described working with them as pleasant, and the music as a new milestone in her career, stating that working with "people you're close with makes a world of difference when you're recording and being creative." A deluxe edition of the album, subtitled The Collector's Signature Edition, was also released, containing an acoustic version of "Who's That Girl?
", an alternate version of "Jericho" and a remix of "Party Up" along with "Supergirl".
Most Wanted is the first compilation album of American singer Hilary Duff.
It was released on August 10, 2005, by Hollywood Records.
Duff sings the chorus, backed by a guitar: "It ain't no shock/ The girl can rock".
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of All Music gave a mixed review of Most Wanted, stating that "hardcore fans will be hard-pressed for a reason to add this to their collection" and that the new songs—"Wake Up", "Beat of My Heart" and "Break My Heart"—"sound a bit like leftovers".
But Hilary Duff took her search for romance to a new level when she participated in a blind dating challenge on the Kyle and Jackie O show, in which she didn't divulge her true identity to the potential suitors.