A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.