Headstrong

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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High School Musical star sings fun fluff.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 32 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Mild message of self-esteem and "girl power."

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The mildest suggestions on one or two songs ("Baby I can see us touchin' like that").

Language
Consumerism

One jewelry store chain is mentioned; CD packaging not available for review.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ashley Tisdale's tween-friendly pop is appealing and bright. The lyrics are family-safe, but unsubstantial, flirting around the edges of sexual innuendo on a couple of tracks ("Baby I can see us movin' like that/Baby I can see us touchin' like that/Baby I can see us kissin' like that").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysingersmartguy17 April 9, 2008

Fine, except for one song....

This album is great! Although Ashley may not have the best voice, these infectious pop songs are fun and good to dance to. However, parents may want to skip the... Continue reading
Adult Written byda_cool_mamma April 9, 2008

Great CD...For 11+

Any kid could probablt listen to this. 10 and under wouldn't even get the sex-related stuff, while 12+ should be mature enough to handle it. She says in... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bySalimullah August 25, 2010

Crank That!!

Awesome!! If your kids are obsessed with music this is the correct choice!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byarthur16morgana March 10, 2011
be good to me is one of my fave songs by her,ashley is awesome

What's the story?

High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale comes across as cute, fun, and buoyant -- anything but headstrong -- on HEADSTRONG. She's gets a lot of help from some heavy-hitters in the songwriting and production department. To name just a few: the Matrix (credits include Britney Spears and Avril Lavigne), Scott Storch (Usher, Chris Brown), and Kara DioGuardi (Gwen Stefani). With such contributors, parents and older siblings may not be able to get these songs out of their heads.

Is it any good?

Rhythmic and catchy, frothy and fabulous, the beats will catch hold even though the lyrics are instantly forgettable. It's not that Ashley doesn't try to get a point across on a couple of songs. For example, "Suddenly" is about the joys and worries of new-found fame ("Suddenly, people know my name/suddenly, everything has changed"). "He Said, She Said" is an adorable tune about flirtation, the sexiest on the album ("Baby I can see us movin' like that/Baby I can see us touchin' like that"). Unfortunately, pedestrian rhymes and constant repetition of musical and lyrical hooks keep the poetry from taking flight.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the trend among young stars to make references to their own new-found fame in song lyrics, in this case on the song "Suddenly." What would it be like to be a young star? What are the perks? What, if anything, would be the downside?

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