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Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Idol winner's breakup blues cliched but clean.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Releasing an entire album devoted to bad boyfriends hardly sends a positive message to Sparks' young audience.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Sparks' refusal to settle for less is a better response to disrespectful treatment than continually going back for more, but her repeated focus on break-ups takes her role model status down a notch. 


Tame overall, though a couple of songs refer to kissing and being "alone in bed."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though this album doesn't include graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to drinking and drugs, it does feature an overwhelmingly negative take on romantic relationships.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymrs.black09 September 3, 2009

Great Messages for Girls!

I get very tired of turning on the radio and hearing garbage about staying with a guy no matter how badly he treats you or how he lies to you, things like that... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 15, 2010


I love this song!.And miss sparks is a great role model!.Rock on.
Kid, 10 years old May 25, 2010

Kids love her

Jordin sparks is my little sisters (7 yrs. old) favorite singer. She has songs that aren't bad, and they have positive lyrics

What's the story?

Nineteen-year-old Jordin Sparks may have won American Idol what seems like ages ago, but the singer is still churning out albums, the latest being BATTLEFIELD -- her ode to staying strong in the face of failed relationships. The record is filled with song after song about a girl who is mistreated by her guy and finally finds the courage to say enough is enough. Though she doesn't use foul language to get her point across, Sparks makes no bones about telling bad guys to get lost; for example, on "It Takes More," Sparks sings, "I've settled for less when I've stayed with you, but no more / 'Cause you ain't worth waiting for."

Is it any good?

You've gotta hand it to Sparks: amid a sea of American Idol contestants (not to mention other young singers her age), she continues to stand out. She gives another great vocal performance on this record, and better still, her songs actually sound somewhat original and distinctive compared to the mountain of synth-pop albums by her peers. Highlights include the catchy beat of "Walking on Snow" and the cool arrangement of "Watch You Go."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why do so many young women like Jordin Sparks express feelings of betrayal about their romantic relationships?

  • Are girls the only ones who so often feel wronged by romance? Is it possible for boys to feel equally hurt at times?

Music details

  • Artist: Jordin Sparks
  • Release date: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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