Warning: This is pretty lengthy
Okay, first of all, overall the CD is pretty tame, but a few of the songs just kill the general appropriatness.
Several of the songs on this album are much more risque than ones from the previous. The title song features a few good messages ("You think I'm pretty without any make-up on", "I know you get me, so I let my walls come down") then throws them in with not-so good ones ("Let's go all the way tonight", "We drove to Cali and got drunk on the beach", "Let you put your hands on me in my skin tight jeans, be your teenage dream tonight"). The song "E.T." features lyrics like, "Boy you're an alien, your touch so foreign" and "Infect me with your love and fill me with your poison". The song "Circle the Drain" deals with drug addiction ("You fall asleep during foreplay 'cuz the pills you take are more your forte. I'm not sticking around to watch you circle the drain") and drops the F-bomb a few times ("I wanna be your lover, not your f*cking mother", "Had the world in the palm of your hands but you f*cking choked"). "Hummingbird Heartbeat" scores a few eye-wideners with lines like "You make me feel like I'm losing my virginity the first time, every time you touch me", "Let's pollinate to create a family", "This is the story of the birds and the bees", "The taste of your honey is so sweet", "Constantly craving for a taste of your sticky sweet" and, "I've flown a million miles just to find a magic seed; a white flower with the power to bring life to me. Partying hard and getting drunk are the prevalent themes in "Last Friday Night" with such jewels of wisdom like: "There's a hickie or a bruise, pictures of last night ended up online, I'm screwed. Oh well, it's all a blacked out blur but I'm pretty sure it ruled", "Yeah we danced on tabletops and took too many shots", "We maxed out our credit cards and got kicked out of the bar", "We went streaking in the park, skinny dipping in the dark", and "Yeah, I think we broke the law...this Friday night, we'll do it all again." However, the real eye-popping, jaw-dropping, how-did-they-get-away-with-this song is "Peacock". With lyrics like "I wanna see your peacock, c*ck, c*ck", "Oh my God, no exaggeration, boy all this time was worth the waitin'" "You've got the finest architecture", "I'm intrigued for a peak, heard it's fascinating, come on baby, let me see whatchu hiding underneath", "Heard it's beautiful, be the judge, and my girls gonna take a vote", "Whatchu waiting for, it's time for you to show it off. Don't be a shy kind of guy, I bet it's beautiful", and "Are you brave enough to let me see your peacock? Don't be a chicken boy, stop acting like a beyotch. I'ma peace out if you don't give me the pay off."
There are a few redeaming songs. "Firework", the best song on the album, in my opinion, deals with boosting one's confidence: "Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under, screams, but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there's still a chance for you? 'Cuz there's a spark inside of you......'Cuz baby you're a firework, come on, show 'em what your worth. Make 'em go 'Oh, oh, oh' as you shoot across the sky-y-y......Boom boom boom, brighter than the moon moon moon, it's always been inside of you, you, you, and now it's time to let it through-ough-ough." The song "Pearl" sings about a woman too afraid to be herself due to the relationship she's in ("She could be a statue of liberty, a Joan of Arc, but he's scared of the light that's inside of her, so he keeps her in the dark") but who manages to break free ("But I woke up and grew strong, and I can still go on, and no one can take my pearl"). Another amazing song is "Who Am I Living For?" which has so many inspiring lyrics that I'd pretty much have to post up the entire song. It basically talks about how responsibility comes with power and it's not all it's cracked out to be. It also has a few Biblical references ("So I pray for a favor like Esther", "I can see the writing on the wall", and "I can see the heavens, but I still hear the flames calling out my name").
Content aside, it's an amazing CD. Even better than "One of the Girls", and I wasn't sure if that was possible, frankly. However, the explicit content and mixed messages definitely make this one a big no-no for the kiddos. Be sure to get the edited version.