Femme Fatale

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Some steamy lyrics but still Brit's cleanest album in years.

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age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nothing overtly negative, just some mature messages about late-night dancing and sexually charged situations.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The album features adult behavior that isn't necessarily good or bad, but just not for kids.


Some steamy sexual allusions and direct references to "making love."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions "drinking tequila on the rocks."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Femme Fatale is the cleanest Britney Spears release in years. It doesn't have any graphic sexual descriptions or profanity, and it makes only a couple of fleeting references to drinking. Though it's peppered with a few steamy lines, it's still an acceptable choice for young teens overall.

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymr. preston January 10, 2016

Britney's Greatest Album of All Time

Britney has toned the sex and swearing way down for this album. Gasoline and (Drop Dead) Beautiful have mild swears (d*** and a** respectively), and Criminal ha... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 October 15, 2012

Occasional steamy lyrics, but cleaner than Blackout or In The Zone

These songs are still catchy like her older ones, but more cleaner

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What's the story?

FEMME FATALE is Britney Spears' first new full-length album of original tunes since Circus. The CD includes 12 songs that all center on common Spears themes: romance, dancing, and sex. That said, the lyrics are a lot less risque than her releases of recent years, with toned-down sexual references and just a couple brief mentions of drinking. Overall, the album is an OK choice for her young teen fans.

Is it any good?

Spears has never been known for outstanding vocals -- and Femme Fatale won't change that reputation. Weaving in a lot of Auto-Tune, the singing remains merely mediocre, and many of the dance-infused beats sound largely the same. However, Spears deserves credit for showing a bit more creativity than in years past, pairing up with The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am on the track "Big Fat Bass" and Ke$ha in "Till the World Ends." In the end, the record will certainly please the masses of Spears fans who just can't get enough of her music.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Spears would make the shift back to cleaner music with this album.

  • How does the record compare to earlier releases, like "3"?

  • In addition to her move toward cleaner lyrics, the sound of Spears' music has also morphed from more radio-friendly pop to dance-floor ready. Does the new direction work? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Britney Spears
  • Release date: March 29, 2011
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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