"Break the Ice" (CD single)

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Fun dance music, but questionable sexy message.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

"We can turn the heat up if you wanna/Turn the lights down low if you wanna/Just wanna move you/But you're froze up/That's what I'm saying/Can you rise/To the occasion…And I can't get enough/So let me get it up" says it all.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third single from Britney Spears' Blackout is about the same thing most of the other songs on the album are about: sex. She uses both subtle -- and not-so-subtle -- language to arouse a male counterpart. The cartoon music video features an anime version of Britney (looking nothing like her), and although there's one animated kiss, it isn't racy at all.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJohn-SF October 31, 2008

Great Dance Song--No Message

Pretty great dance song and fluff---no great message---pretty sexy britney and nothing too bad for kids
Teen, 13 years old Written byFathomT July 5, 2015

Fun, catchy, danceable: too sexy for kids

This song is really fun and I have to dance every time it comes on. It's hook will get stuck in your head! But its message isn't really a good one for... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2009

Really Fun Beat; Iffy Sexual Content

This song is very iffy with the sexual themes that are very questionable. The beat makes it a perfect sleepover tune for 15 and up, though. Just pre-listen for... Continue reading

What's the story?

\"BREAK THE ICE\" is about sex -- something Britney loves to sing about. The lyrics of this pop dance track aren't really that graphic, but are highly suggestive and get to the point.

Is it any good?

Britney fans had to enter two "secret" passwords (they were provided) on BlackoutBall.com to view the premiere of the anime music video of "Break the Ice" featuring a cartoon version of the paparazzi's favorite celeb in a Mission Impossible-esque operation. Considering the constant train wrecks Britney has been having recently in front of the camera, it was probably better for her not to be on the screen, letting listeners instead focus on and appreciate the song and its pop-infused fun. She hits all the notes in this single, stressing the important ones and staying well in her vocal range. The bumpin' electronic drum baseline -- although replaced by a slowed down break at the end -- will have any teen practicing some dance moves in front of the mirror.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Britney relies on sexual lyrics to sell albums. She's got the world at her fingertips, does she need to? Families can also discuss the example Britney is setting for young girls. Do you think she's a good role model? Why or why not? Read our tips for talking to kids about celebrity behavior.

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: March 12, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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