Blackout

Common Sense Media says

A lot of steamy innuendo and heavy breathing.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Brit's single-minded interest in sexual pursuit and attraction seems a tad myopic.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Steamy innuendo about getting naked, showing off your sexy body, and encouraging a guy to "rise to the occasion" with simpering flirtiness and lots of heavy breathing.

Language

The "f" word is used once or twice. "Bitch" opens the album.

Consumerism

No obvious product placement (CD packaging not available for review).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of instances of "buying a bottle."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britney Spears manages, once again, to come across as explicitly sexual in a dozen tracks devoted to self-absorption. Lyrics stick solidly in the "I'm hot and you better want me" territory, with lines like "If I get on top you're gonna lose your mind" or "Can you rise to the occasion? I'm patiently waiting/'cause it's getting late and I can't get enough/So let me get it up" -- as the pop star tries to bump and grind her way into both our hearts and our trousers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

With her signature four-note range and over-processed baby-girl vocals, Britney Spears is determined to let us know how sexy she is -- over and over again. Fact is, the actual lyrics as written aren't quite as steamy as they sound in Britney's naughty little mouth. It's her delivery that's more raunchy than the songs themselves -- though there's plenty of innuendo, with lines like "I can feel you on my lips/I can feel you deep inside." You won't find any deep-thinking social commentary on BLACKOUT, and that would be okay if there were some real fun or artistry involved, or even a little genuine sexiness.

Is it any good?

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The CD is all about stunningly repetitive lyrics (mixed over monotonous synthesized tracks) about predatory sexual pursuit and the annoying side effects of fame. If it's really true, as the artist claims, that "I'm Miss bad media karma/another day another drama," then the only thing more tedious than listening to Britney Spears is actually being her.

If Blackout is too much, the hit single "Gimme More" might be just enough.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the media's obsession with Britney Spears and celebrities in general. Why do magazines, TV shows, and online gossip sites make what Britney does the top story? Do you think that the media's focus on every move these celebs make is causing them to act out more? Is it too much pressure to be scrutinized? Families can also talk about the power of sexual attraction, and how lust really can wipe all other concerns out of your mind. Can you figure out some ways to enjoy being attractive and noticing others' attractiveness while staying grounded enough to be a person with a variety of interests?

Music details

Artist:Britney Spears
Release date:October 30, 2007
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byraiseupthestakes April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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britney goes electronic: not for youngsters

britney takes the pole.
bitch opens up the album and language like pissin me off and f--k is used a couple times. Sex is a huge issuse if you buy this CD. Gimme More has a lot of sexual dialouge throughout the song. Many other songs have pervasive heavy breathing and the electro beats are sexual in a few of the songs. In the music video for gimme morebritney is in a strip club and is stripping and dancing very sexually like every stripper does. Drinking in the video is used. Britney is back and behaves very sexually, unlike she would in her other albums. At the Video Music Awards she is filled with sex with gimme more dressing very skinpy. Kids that are 14 and older should get this CD. It is very enjoyable to listen if you are a teen.

Teen, 13 years old Written bybethlovesmaltese April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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i lost all my brain cells watching this

i wish brittany would get it together and go to church.

Kid, 10 years old Written byRazzberri April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Sexed Up Sugar in A Bottle

Britney's new album seems like a blur. More like dream. You can't remember what you heard, but that's why you love it.

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