Guilty Pleasures

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
Guilty Pleasures Music Poster Image
HSM star grows up with more mature second CD.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Several songs talk about throwing responsibility to the wind in favor of losing yourself in the guy you like.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Tisdale clearly tries to distance herself from the super wholesome image she's known for by making not-so-subtle references to sexual situations.

Violence
Sex

Some indirect mentions of sexual situations in songs like "Hair:" "I like what you do to my hair / Toss it and tease it / Run your fingers through it / Love how you do it … / Do it 'til I can't get enough."

 

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is not the sweet little Ashley Tisdale we met in the first High School Musical movie: her latest record edges one step closer to full-blown adulthood with several tunes that allude to intimate sexual situations and adult relationship themes. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5 and 7 year old Written byBramfieldMum September 18, 2009

Catchy tunes, but mature content

I bought this for my daughters who are 5 1/2 & 7 1/2 and for the most part the CD is fine and the girls love the songs, even though I don't think... Continue reading
Parent of a 18+ year old Written byKakarot November 3, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byZarah November 12, 2010

Awesome!

I think this is a great cd and sure there are a few sexual references but none that kids will really notice. Just skip the song "Hot Mess" and your go... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byDarkMidnight December 1, 2010

About time she stopped singing cheesy junk (no offence)

Amazing CD, I love the songs, and "How do you Love someone" is my favorite. These songs have actual meanings, not some mindless teenage crud. Sure som... Continue reading

What's the story?

Ashley Tisdale is the latest High School Musical star to assert her adulthood, using her new album, GUILTY PLEASURES, to get her message across.The album marks a distinct departure from her first record, Headstrong, with Tisdale demonstrating a new, more serious image (changing her trademark blond hair to brown) and drawing lyrically closer to the line that separates music for kids from adults. Though she doesn't go so far as to give graphic descriptions of her sexual exploits, Tisdale makes plenty of suggestive references to hooking up. Fortunately,other songs have more positive, redeeming messages, such as "Me Without You," in which Tisdale sings about accepting people for who they are: "With my imperfections, you think I'm perfect / When it's not easy, you make it worth it."

Is it any good?

With this record, Tisdale's aim may have been to distance herself from the tween-musician pack, but where the music itself is concerned, she largely fails to do so. These are the kinds of rote, unimaginative songs that blend into each other, making it difficult to remember exactly which one you're listening to at the time. And compared to contemporaries like Demi Lovato, Tisdale clearly lacks the vocal chops to belt out a powerful performance.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why might young adults like Ashley feel that they need to talk about sex to prove that they're mature?

  • What other things besides romantic relationships and sexual encounters are the mark of a truly mature person?

Music details

For kids who love to move and groove

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