Can't Be Tamed

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Goodbye, Hannah Montana; too edgy for Miley's youngest fans.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 78 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The messages in this album are a mixed bag. For instance, on "Forgiveness and Love," she gives a positive message about how "the only thing real when push comes to shove are the acts of forgiveness and love." Yet on "Can't Be Tamed," she comes across as downright stuck-up: "Have to get my way, yep, 24 hours a day, 'cause I'm hot like that
/ Every guy everywhere just gives me mad attention, like I'm under inspection / I always get the 10s 'cause I'm built like that."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though Cyrus shows nowhere near the maturity level of older female pop stars like Lady GaGa or even Ke$ha, this record is an unmistakable step toward adulthood, a step her young fans might not be ready to embrace.

Violence
Sex

Nothing too graphic, though a few strong allusions to physical intimacy; for example, "We both lie silently still

in the dead of the night
/ Although we both lie close together we feel miles apart inside."

Language

The s-word is bleeped out in one song; some other mild swearing, like "hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that on this CD, Miley Cyrus makes a clean break with her younger, more carefree, Hannah Montana days. While there's very little swearing and no graphic sexual descriptions, some songs have clear references to sexual situations, with lyrics that mention two people spending the night together. Even the love songs are more emotionally complex -- all of which should make parents of younger kids think twice before buying this record.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBeckstar November 1, 2011

moderate sexual themes

Yes, Miley has 'grown-up'. Apart from just the cover and her scandals. Some of the songs contains sexual lyrics. One isn't too bad and just ment... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 year old Written byMomma K. June 25, 2017

Catchy songs,not for Mileys younger Hannah Montana fans.

My daughter has this CD, and I must say the songs are catchy and danceable,Miley is a bit more mature than her old Hannah Montana days,but there is nothing extr... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old February 14, 2011

Hate it!!!!!!!!!!

She is trying 2 be an adult while she is just a kid. She is growing up 2 fast. She is losing fans pretty soon her career will be over if she dose not clean up... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byvolleyballnchocolate March 3, 2011

Terrible

Seriously. Does she sing with her nose plugged? What I don't understand is why everyone says she's so talented and so beautiful. I don't reall... Continue reading

What's the story?

R.I.P., Hannah Montana: there's no trace of her on CAN'T BE TAMED, the latest album from Hannah's real-life alter ego, actress-singer Miley Cyrus. From the belly-baring cover photo to the song lyrics that mention two people spending the night together, the CD is a clear departure from earlier, more innocent Cyrus releases. Though it's a far cry from super-explicit records by young women like Lady GaGa or Ke$ha, this music isn't for the youngest among the Hannah Montana fans.

Is it any good?

It's ironic that Miley Cyrus is now dressing more (revealingly) like Britney Spears, since the two have always had something else in common: weaker vocals than their peers. And when you don't have the chops to make anything sound good (i.e. Christina Aguilera), everything else about your album -- from the arrangements to the beats -- has to be tight, which is unfortunately not the case with this record. The styles jump all over the place, with some songs ("Liberty Walk") resembling Miley's old power-pop, while others ("Permanent December," "Can't Be Tamed") sound like knock-offs of Ke$ha and Britney. Add in some auto-tune, and the whole thing ends up sounding like somewhat of a mess.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Parents can talk about what makes young musicians take different paths as they grow and mature. Why do some girls like Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears choose to start dressing provocatively and singing about sexual situations? 

  • Why do other girls like Taylor Swift continue to dress and act more modestly while keeping their songs free of adult content?

Music details

For kids who love dance tunes

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