"Breakeven" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Standard heartbreak song is fine for teens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 12 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"She finally met a man that's gonna put her first." Although the song is about struggling through heartbreak, there's also the acceptance of responsibility for what happened.

Positive Role Models & Representations

"What am I supposed to do, when the best part of me was always you." The song doesn't offer the best display of self-esteem with lines like this.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although the album this single comes from has a Parental Advisory sticker, the single itself is definitely not anything to worry about. There are some lines about not believing in God and being depressed about a break-up, but no sex, violence, or bad language can be found here. However, with lines such as "What am I supposed to do, when the best part of me was always you," the song doesn't encourage the best perspective on relationships.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written byLupak January 23, 2013


Good Song. Why us common sense media so strict about music?!
Adult Written byyellowdiamond15 May 1, 2010
I love this song. It makes me think about getting over my crush!
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiovox14 February 19, 2017

Mmmm love the Script

Ok, this song is great, but go listen to some of their other songs too. Hall of Fame, and Superheroes are fantastic. LISTEN TO THEM!!! Great band that is almost... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byi'mbeautiful January 7, 2016

stunning and excellent songs& fun great technique

They are romodels and they know what other people are going through .
The script band music helps alot of people get through there problems in life.it also hel... Continue reading

What's the story?

"BREAKEVEN" is the third single off The Script's self-titled debut album, which broke through to the charts in 2009 and enjoyed modest success. This single chronicles one man's heartbreak at losing his woman to another man, who apparently treats her better. The song picks up in the aftermath with bitterness and grief, and finds the narrator asking how to move on, "And what am I supposed to say, when I'm all choked up that you're okay."

Is it any good?

For the broken-hearted, this song will be the perfect panacea. It doesn't get too melancholy in its vocals, and has a hook that any brooding teen can belt out with passion. There are few surprises here, though, and it's not a song that will leave much of a lasting impression, even though the vocals and instrumentals are solid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the right way to handle a break-up and heartache. Who can you talk to about your feelings? Why is it important to take things slow in a relationship so that you don't lose yourself? Does going too far too fast sometimes make losing a relationship harder?

  • What is your family's policy on albums that carry the Parental Advisory warning? Are there some songs on an album like this that might be OK? How do you weed out the good from the bad?

  • Talk about handling teenage emotions. Do teens sometimes become overly dramatic about their feelings? How can families help to give them some perspective?

  • How are teen characters portrayed on TV and in literature? Do they seem to live dramatic lives? Does your family understand what you're going through most of the time, or do you feel like they don't realize how intense your feelings are?

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