Giving tween girls something to scream for.

What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
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."


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


A mention of Levi's.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySilverSnake July 13, 2010

Uh, How do I discribe this....? (retorical)

I agree we need to be loosened up, but not go crazy with hate. I really dont like the song though, its just not my favorite, no reason besides its tune didnt work with me. I liked some things, but most other things no. I aint a hater, just sayin' dont get all up in my grill..
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 16, 2009
Teen, 13 years old Written byMari14 April 9, 2008


i think that this song is great it tells that girls my age start to like guys really soon and then you start feeling all these diferent things like i love i hate you it really normal so this for the girls so i can even relate to it and many others girls can to..


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