For Your Entertainment

Common Sense Media says

Daring debut is mostly tame, with a few sexy tracks.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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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Kid, 12 years old January 2, 2010
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13
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Title track screams sex!

The title track for this album screams sex! It's open and not appropriate for kids under 13. Here are some of the lyrics. "No escaping once we start/once I'm in I hold your heart/I'll work ya 'till your screamin' my name/I'm the master of pleasure..." Get with the program CommonSenseMedia! Do you really think that this is fine for 12 year old's?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 16 years old Written bymissmurder19 December 15, 2009
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12
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Fun album, might be slightly inappropriate for tweens

I personally love Adam Lambert. A few of his songs may be more on the freely sexual side, but are more catchy and upbeat than sexual. Total glam-pop.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byangelunderfire February 11, 2010
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7
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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 not an issue for me. If you think his music is good but his behavior is inapropriate then don't go to his concerts. How does someones behavior effect the quality of the music. I just think it is wrong that in our country it is okay to show murder on telivision but if Janet Jacksons breast is exposed or Adam Lambert simulates oral and kisses a guy then its a big deal. I think parents who are enraged by his behavior are ignorant. By the time I was 8 I knew what sex was and I knew what homosexuality was by the time I was 10. I've heard elementary schoolers talk about that sort of thing. I do think there is an appropriate age for everything but sheilding your children from something as natural as sex till they are 16 or older is unrealistic in todays society. If you think you know what your children talk about in school then you are probably wrong. I live in a small town where all the parents think there are no drugs, underage drinking, underage sex, and homosexuality. They are wrong. Everyday at school I here teenagers talking about who or what they did over the weekend. I personaly do not partisipate. I leave with this statement, Just because a person sees something doesn't mean they'll run out and do it.
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