What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ashlee Simpson seems a bit angry -- in that pop-punk sort of way -- on this album, and there are some slight sexual references that might not be appropriate for tweens. Simpson described these tracks as party music that's silly and a little absurd. But on many of the tracks, Simpson gets into character to play everything from a tease ("Boys") to a bully ("Rule Breaker") and young listeners might not understand her role playing. Several songs have Simpson playing hard to get and letting everyone know how desirable she is.
What's the story?
BITTERSWEET WORLD is a collection of retro party tracks and melancholy love songs. Simpson brings rock guitars, punk vocals, and a twinge of hip-hop beats together for a funky album that -- if nothing else -- is fun to listen to.
Is it any good?
If you're not expecting too much from Bittersweet World, you won't be disappointed. Although there are a few tracks on the album that just don't work, like "Rule Breaker" and "Hot Stuff," a lot of it does get it right. Simple, straightforward tracks like "Outta My Head" and "Little Miss Obsessive" are easy to dance to and tough to stop singing. Other tracks like "Murder" and "Boy" effectively use Simpson's baby-girl, yet distinctively clear sound to their advantage. Although the album doesn't tackle any deep moral or social issues or make any musical innovations, it does give a nice array of fairly entertaining tracks that teens will probably love to play loudly.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Simpson's struggle with defining her identity. How does Simpson counter the anti-diva or pop princess clichés? By using sexy lyrics, how does she fall into some of these stereotypes?