Blackout

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A lot of steamy innuendo and heavy breathing.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 21 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Brit's single-minded interest in sexual pursuit and attraction seems a tad myopic.

Violence
Sex

Steamy innuendo about getting naked, showing off your sexy body, and encouraging a guy to "rise to the occasion" with simpering flirtiness and lots of heavy breathing.

Language

The "f" word is used once or twice. "Bitch" opens the album.

Consumerism

No obvious product placement (CD packaging not available for review).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of instances of "buying a bottle."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Britney Spears manages, once again, to come across as explicitly sexual in a dozen tracks devoted to self-absorption. Lyrics stick solidly in the "I'm hot and you better want me" territory, with lines like "If I get on top you're gonna lose your mind" or "Can you rise to the occasion? I'm patiently waiting/'cause it's getting late and I can't get enough/So let me get it up" -- as the pop star tries to bump and grind her way into both our hearts and our trousers.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRosebud95 October 1, 2013

Okay, so

I think the more I listen to the songs they get better.
Adult Written byvklash October 29, 2009

Should Be On For 17

It has gotten two uses of strong language which are actually bleeped out (the BBFC's bad language label). It uses mostly some mild language. They would lab... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008

Sexed Up Sugar in A Bottle

Britney's new album seems like a blur. More like dream. You can't remember what you heard, but that's why you love it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byraiseupthestakes April 9, 2008

britney goes electronic: not for youngsters

britney takes the pole. bitch opens up the album and language like pissin me off and f--k is used a couple times. Sex is a huge issuse if you buy this CD. Gimme... Continue reading

What's the story?

With her signature four-note range and over-processed baby-girl vocals, Britney Spears is determined to let us know how sexy she is -- over and over again. Fact is, the actual lyrics as written aren't quite as steamy as they sound in Britney's naughty little mouth. It's her delivery that's more raunchy than the songs themselves -- though there's plenty of innuendo, with lines like "I can feel you on my lips/I can feel you deep inside." You won't find any deep-thinking social commentary on BLACKOUT, and that would be okay if there were some real fun or artistry involved, or even a little genuine sexiness.

Is it any good?

The CD is all about stunningly repetitive lyrics (mixed over monotonous synthesized tracks) about predatory sexual pursuit and the annoying side effects of fame. If it's really true, as the artist claims, that "I'm Miss bad media karma/another day another drama," then the only thing more tedious than listening to Britney Spears is actually being her.

If Blackout is too much, the hit single "Gimme More" might be just enough.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the media's obsession with Britney Spears and celebrities in general. Why do magazines, TV shows, and online gossip sites make what Britney does the top story? Do you think that the media's focus on every move these celebs make is causing them to act out more? Is it too much pressure to be scrutinized? Families can also talk about the power of sexual attraction, and how lust really can wipe all other concerns out of your mind. Can you figure out some ways to enjoy being attractive and noticing others' attractiveness while staying grounded enough to be a person with a variety of interests?

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