Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Grown-up Duff delivers self-absorbed dance music.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Some positive messages about being -- and standing up for -- yourself: "You gotta know yourself to be yourself."


One shoe brand (Jimmy Choo) is mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's no explicit content on this album, but a newly sophisticated dance-club diva has replaced our comfy, wholesome-looking teen queen.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written by[email protected] April 9, 2008
Kid, 12 years old November 15, 2010

Hilary Duff is perfect for everyone 8 and up!

I own this album and I've wrote down all the lyrics for some reason, (i was bored) and so I looked over it and there was nothing wrong with it. I didn... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpring29 March 16, 2009

Some good messages, fun beats

The beats are so much fun! And some of the lyrics are good messages. "Dignity" tells people not to pretend to be someone they're not. "With... Continue reading

What's the story?

On DIGNITY, Hilary Duff has the same electronically processed, baby-doll voice, and the same penchant for self-absorbed lyrics as we heard on her past efforts. Still, the former child star has transformed from well-scrubbed, wholesome girl-next-door blonde to sultry, glamour-puss brunette. Some of the lyrics are clever; for example, when she uses a line attributed to Andy Warhol: \"You'd show up at the opening of an envelope.\" Other lyrics address dealing with disappointing boyfriends and other tough life events with self-confidence and humor, delivering a subtle girl-power \"you-can-do-it\" message to young fans.

Is it any good?

Dignity is a sparkling, energetic album that will appeal to dance-club wannabes of all ages. Hilary doesn't exactly break new ground, as most of the songs seem to be about herself. But she does apply some ironic wit here and there. "It's not news when you've got a new bag/it's not news when you're looking your best/Come on, give it a rest." Instrumental tracks are tasteful and appropriate, featuring some especially terrific rhythm section and guitar work. So put on your dancing shoes, sing along loudly, and join the party.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Hilary's transformation from cutie-pie teen star to glamorous young woman. Is she still relatable to her young fans? Do you think she's a good role model? Why or why not? Do pop stars have a responsibility to serve as role models?

Music details

  • Artist: Hilary Duff
  • Release date: April 3, 2007
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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