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For Your Entertainment

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Daring debut is mostly tame, with a few sexy tracks.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Most of the songs discuss relationship struggles and longing for someone. But Lambert doesn't sing about casual sex or dysfunctional relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Several songs are about having the courage to be yourself and take a chance in life. "If I Had You" is a song that shows that money, fortune, and fame aren't as important as the relationships in life.

Violence

One song mentions jumping out of a window, and "For Your Entertainment" makes a subtle connection between violence and sex: "I'ma hurt 'ya real good, baby...Can you handle what I'm about to do, 'cause it's about to get rough for you."

Sex

"Fever" details a non-explicit homosexual fantasy and includes references to ménage à trois, sneaking a rendezvous while parents aren't at home, and possibly having an encounter in a car. Other songs talk about laying down together, kissing, and lovers.

Consumerism

Lambert was on American Idol...

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Fever" mentions a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that for the most part this album is rather tame, but there are a few tracks on here that might raise some eyebrows when it comes to sexy lyrics. Although there's nothing really explicit, Lambert does sing about some mature subject matter, like a ménage à trois and mixes talk of pleasure and pain together in a seductive way. Having caused quite the controversy at the American Music Awards for his performance, which included kissing a guy and a brief move that simulated oral sex, it should be noted that this album is far less scandalous than this one performance.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byangelunderfire February 11, 2010

Adam Lamberts behavior should have no affect on ones oppinion of his music

In my personal opinion I think it is insane how this country is more open about murder then it is about sex. One other thing is that the whole behavior thing is... Continue reading
Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bymanylayers July 8, 2013

it's all good.

This music can be really fun. Most of the questionable lyrics are indecipherable to kids and you can always skip a track. There is a lot of positive in this alb... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana January 12, 2011

love adam lambert

love adam lambert and his music!!!
Kid, 11 years old December 17, 2010

for 2 and up

Just perfect for kids 7 and up A great album for even my 3 siblings 3,7,7

What's the story?

American Idol's season eight runner-up dishes up a collection of over a dozen songs about love, lust, and coming out (well, sort of) on FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT. Lambert sings (and often squeals) about wanting to break free and embrace his true identify while remaining upbeat on this fast-paced dance/pop album. Some big names help with this musical introduction, with songwriting credits given to everyone from Lady GaGa to Pink.

Is it any good?

AI alums aren't known for their artistic daring or musical drama, and that's what makes Adam Lambert's debut so refreshing. Here's one Idol that's willing to stir the pot and spice things up with his sassy spirit and impish playfulness. That persona is in fine form on tracks like "Whataya Want From Me?," "Strut," and "Sleepwalker." From belting out operatic notes to getting down with dance-floor beats, Lambert creates a glam rock/ retro pop album that's deliberate and cohesive. This is one Idol that definitely has something to say, and it's a pleasure to listen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Adam Lambert's American Music Awards performance. Do you think the act was too much for younger audiences? Should the guy-on-guy kiss be attracting so much controversy? How do you think it compares to the kiss between Madonna and Britney Spears? Is there a double standard? Is it easier to accept women being sexual with each other as opposed to men? How is homosexuality generally portrayed in the media?

  • Talk about how Lambert differs from past American Idol alumni. Do you think he is more controversial than most? Do you think this will help his career or hurt it?

  • On one song Lambert sings about how love is more important than money and fame. Do you think the media encourages this idea? Can you think of instances where the exact opposite is shown?

Music details

  • Artist: Adam Lambert
  • Release date: November 28, 2009
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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