Bionic

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Xtina returns with semi-explicit CD mostly about sex.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While the overarching theme of this album -- sex -- isn't negative in itself, Aguilera also mentions questionable behaviors, like escaping problems through partying -- sending some troubling messages to kids.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Aguilera includes some less-than-ideal messages in this album, she continues to demonstrate clean, drama-free living in her personal life.

Violence
Sex

Not a lot of direct descriptions of sexual scenarios -- but lots of not-so-subtly suggestive lyrics. For instance, "All the boys think it's cake when they taste my (woohoo) / You don't even need a plate just your face ... licky, licky, yum yum."

Language

Some swearing ("f--k," "bitch," etc.) in the explicit version.

Consumerism

A couple of product names, like Christian Dior and the Mondrian Hotel in Miami.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song "Prima Donna" is all about drinking in a club, and there are references to drinking in other songs as well.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this certainly isn't the dirtiest album out there, many of the songs revolve around sex, making the album too racy for tweens. Aguilera largely avoids using profanities (though she does drop the occasional f- or s-bomb on the explicit version) and extremely graphic language to describe sex acts, but there's no mistaking her subject matter here. Plus, some of the songs reference partying and drinking -- talking about trying to escape who you are by indulging in these behaviors.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMusic/Movies March 5, 2013

Sex: 9/10 - Violence: 0/10 - Language: 8/10 - Drinking: 1/10

While some songs are clean and have topics about being yourself and loving others, most songs are dirty. Only about 20% of the songs are clean, while the others... Continue reading
Adult Written byWander Blue March 10, 2011

Xtina uma popstar da atualidade!

O ''Melhor Album de 2010'' na minha opinião, ela mostra seu lado sujo em ''Not Myself Tonight'' e ''Woohoo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysamandie August 3, 2010

!!o yes!!!!!!!!!!!!

i love it but its one problem they realy have a nasty stoff
Teen, 16 years old Written bysunrisemusik June 15, 2010

Fourth Xtina album falls short; a few standout tracks; songs vary from 10+ to 17+.

1) Bionic - James Bond music meets addictive electronic noises and a rolling drum loop w/ reverb turned up all the way. Beware of the very addictive chorus. Con... Continue reading

What's the story?

The first new album from pop powerhouse Christina Aguilera in four years, BIONIC is a super-sized collection of 20 new songs. Though the musical styles of these songs are all over the map, their lyrics largely revolve around sex. To be sure, Xtina's lyrics -- which once set the bar for raciness among all young female pop stars -- have lately been trumped by those of newer, even edgier artists like Lady Gaga. Still, the sexual descriptions in these songs, plus additional mentions of drinking and partying, are mature enough to have earned the album a Parental Advisory sticker (an edited version is available) and put it out of the league of younger kids.

Is it any good?

With the recent emergence of many newer, younger female talents on the pop scene, Aguilera has been faced with a tough task: recording an album that appeals to her die-hard fan base while attracting the younger crowds that are flocking to Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, and others. As a result, she's had to cut a whopping 20 tunes with very different styles from techno-pop to R&B -- making the whole record feel a bit schizophrenic. Taken by themselves, a couple of the songs stand out, including the ballad "You Lost Me," which will be loved by devotees of Xtina's killer vocals, and the title track, with its deep, addictive hook. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how long-established artists like Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears can stay relevant in the face of newer talent like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha. What lessons can both older and newer artists learn from each other?

  • What similarities and differences to do you see between the themes in Xtina's music and the topics in songs by Lady Gaga and Ke$ha?

Music details

  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Release date: June 5, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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