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"Criminal" (CD Single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although "Criminal" doesn't include any profanity or references to sex or substances, it has a troubling message about a girl who revels in her relationship with a guy she calls a "bum, hustler, villain, and criminal," among other unsavory adjectives. It's a less-than-positive message for impressionable young tweens and teens who are trying to build self-confidence and learn how to navigate romantic relationships.
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This downtempo single has a somewhat different sound than the typical Spears track, with a flute-based hook and less of the synth-noise that permeates most of her songs. While it's nice to hear Brit take a varied approach, the new angle calls attention to her lackluster vocal talent.
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