High Maintenance

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Nick star steers toward adult sound but keeps lyrics clean.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Despite a bit of spoiled-brat behavior, there are mostly positive messages about young love here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mostly models good behavior, like being there for those you care about.


A few sexually charged lines like "Naughty, hands all over my body / Work me out like karate."


One mention of "kick a few asses."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while it includes some mildly edgy lyrics about dancing all night, making out, and acting spoiled, High Maintenance is a clean album for the most part. It lacks graphic references to sex and profanity, aside from one line about "kicking some asses," and there's no substance use whatsoever. Overall, it's an OK pick for Miranda Cosgrove's tween audience. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykawaiianimekitty123 June 7, 2020

Not for Miranda's really young fans

Some innuendo for this 17 year old actress that may not be Nickelodeon friendly. 11 is a good minimum age. "Kiss You Up" one mention of "ass... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 22, 2012

icarly is awsome

OK littleminajwarrior you have bad taste of music Miranda cosgrove is the best
Kid, 10 years old April 11, 2012

High Maintenance:

This song is fine enough but for a Nick Star like Miranda Cosgrove I don't think she should be going towards an adult sound like using words like "ass... Continue reading

What's the story?

HIGH MAINTENANCE is the follow-up EP to Sparks Fly, the debut album from Miranda Cosgrove -- star of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. With this release, the almost 18-year-old takes another step toward adulthood by pairing up with older artists like Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Avril Lavigne. As a result, the album's sound is a bit more mature, but its lyrics are still fairly benign -- with only a few mild references to mature behaviors like kissing/touching and staying out all night. Though Cosgrove is clearly growing up, this record is still a fine choice for her tween fans.

Is it any good?

It's refreshing to see Cosgrove attempt to break out of the bubblegum-pop mold by collaborating with a respected musician and songwriter like Cuomo -- and the choice pays off in the cool sound of the album's title track, which Cuomo wrote. While the Lavigne collaboration, "Dancing Crazy," is less creative, Cosgrove pulls off a more distinctive sound on tracks like the Dr. Luke-produced "Sayonara."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Cosgrove's collaborations with a couple of big-name, more adult artists -- Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Avril Lavigne. What's the significance of Cosgrove's partnerships with artists who are well-known among older crowds?

  • How do these collaborations set her apart from her bubblegum-pop peers like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez, who usually pair up with other young artists?

Music details

  • Artist: Miranda Cosgrove
  • Release date: March 15, 2011
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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