Breakout

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Giving tween girls something to scream for.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 21 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Song "Breakout" has some teen-typical lyrics about school: "stuck in school so lame/my parents say that I'm lazy/gettin' up at eight is crazy/tired of being told what to do...we're gonna have some fun/gonna lose control/feels so good to let go, oh." She sings about a break-up with a bit of anger as she describes some things she hates about a guy. She also talks about what she likes about him. "Wake Up America" gives positive message to tweens to do their part: "We're all in this together/It's a home so let's take care of it...Everything you do matters in some way." Bonus track's lyrics might be a bit possessive: "I'm gonna get you no matter what they say/I always get my way...I'm never gonna quit it."

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

"And when we kiss, I'm hypnotized," "When we're intertwined, everything's alright," and "I remember when we kissed/I still feel it on my lips."

Language

The worst it gets is "seven things I hate about you."

Consumerism

A mention of Levi's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Miley's sound and lyrics are a teensy, tiny bit more mature than the pure pop of Hannah Montana alter ego. She does talk about kissing and declares "school is lame" and "we're gonna have some fun/gonna lose control," but everything about this album stays fine for her tween fans.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 and 18+-year-old Written byrainydayqueen March 20, 2009

It's the most amaizng thing i ever heard

miley cyrus is so talented i love her so much my 11 year old daughter is obsessed with this album i think it's perfectly appropriate i love it so much and... Continue reading
Parent of an infant, infant, infant, and infant-year-old Written bykaratekid101 February 23, 2009

cool

this is the coolest cd ever!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byGhillie January 11, 2011

Positive Messages

It is a positive CD with positive messages about friendship and saving the earth and the like. Very good for tweens.
Teen, 14 years old Written bySalimullah August 25, 2010

Fun but boring!!

Some songs are fun! But boring on the whole!! Some other disney artists like Demi Lovato and Ashley Tisdale are much much better!!

What's the story?

BREAKOUT is the second studio album for tween sensation and Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus and the first without the "Hannah" namesake in the shadows. Breakout's mix of rock, pop, techno-pop, and a little bit country will easily please Miley fans, and shows she can stand on her own without the blond wig.

Is it any good?

Considering Miley Cyrus has already had more success in her short career than most artists will ever attain, it's easy to forget that the singer/actress/Billy Ray offspring is only 15. On Breakout, Miley sheds a little bit of her pop sound and rocks out like a typical teen, while proving she's more than just Hannah's alter ego.

It's quite an eclectic mix: "7 Things," "Full Circle," "Breakout," and "Wake Up America" have rock riffs and spunky lyrics, and "The Driveway" offers a hint of country that's a natural fit for Miley's voice. "Fly on the Wall" is a bit edgier sounding with funky synth-beats and a cheerleader-like chant on the chorus. The cover of Cyndi Lauper's hit "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" is a slightly flat attempt on a beloved classic, but Miley fans might like it; the vocals are a bit pushed at other times and reveal an as-yet developing voice. But regardless, tweens won't care as Miley struts her stuff -- sans Disney -- with spunk and variety that'll have them singing along in their bubble gum-colored rooms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics in "Simple Song." Do you think Miley is talking about herself, and the frenzy that constantly surrounds her life as a teen celeb? Do you think the media is always fair in the way it portrays her? Do you think celebrities should just put up with the paparazzi because that's the life they chose, or should there be boundaries?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: July 21, 2008
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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