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A Public Affair



Some appeal, but no sense of direction.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Some playful, party-girl innuendo.


The word "ass" appears in one song.


An insert advertises a custom-made version of the title song with YOUR name in it!

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's one incidence of the word "ass" -- and the usual party-girl innuendo abounds. It's not as racy as her last album, In This Skin, which celebrated her well-publicized marriage.

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What's the story?

Jessica Simpson wants us to love her, and in some ways she's pretty lovable. She's gorgeous, of course, in that classic blonde American Beauty way. Plus her support system includes production and engineering professionals who know how to get the best out of a room full of musicians. And she has a pretty voice that grows just a bit stronger and more confident with each album released. Yet, as A PUBLIC AFFAIR shows, Simpson appears to have very little actual musical taste, and no one in her pantheon of producers seems willing to tell her.

Is it any good?


Public Affair is yet another example of Simpson's all-over-the-road approach to music. It wanders from disco-driven danceable to swing and then sort-of-country and bland pop, with no sense of cohesiveness or sequencing. The lyrics are frothy and forgettable, filled with party-girl adventures and sexy innuendo. By now (her fifth album), you'd think she'd have a sense of direction, but as it is, she's a very pretty girl with a nice voice who would be more successful sticking to the basics -- the fun, upbeat, engaging pop candy her fans adore -- as long as the material is written by others.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the two Simpson families in contemporary pop culture. Would you rather hang out with Jessica and Ashlee, or Homer, Marge, Bart, and Lisa? Why? Seriously, there's not all that much on this CD to talk about, except maybe how and why originality is more fun and exciting. Why is a creative vision necessary for an artist to find a focus? Families can also talk about what the album implies about her very public breakup.

Music details

Artist:Jessica Simpson
Release date:August 29, 2006
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

I cried and not the good kind

Her voice is okay but what's with this filth? Does anyone really care what Jessica Simpson does?


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