A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "I Wanna Go" is one of the cleaner songs in Britney Spears' catalog. It doesn't have any profanity or hardcore sexual descriptions; there's just one indirect reference to a sexual situation ("We keep my hands above the sheets when the lights go out"). Though the track alludes to partying, it's still a fairly innocuous choice overall -- especially as far as Spears' songs go.
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What's the story?
"I WANNA GO" is a single from the album Femme Fatale by dance-pop queen Britney Spears. Like several other tracks on the album, this song tones the eyebrow-raising lyrics way down, omitting the super-provocative sexual references that have marked many of Spears' previous hits. Though Brit packs a punch to the paparazzi ("Shame on me to need release") and talks about wanting to take out her "freak," that's as far as it goes, making this song an age-appropriate choice for younger fans of the pop star.
Is it any good?
The Auto-Tune abounds in this track, though it's only a weak mask for Spears' so-so vocals. But at this stage in her career, Brit is so iconic that her fans continue to clamor for anything that bears her musical stamp. The synth-beat behind the song is catchy enough, with a cute whistle that makes the song a bit less run-of-the-mill.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the meaning behind the lyrics "Shame on me to need release ... I wanna go all the way, taking out my freak tonight." Spears has been known to complain about the media's intense scrutiny; what message is she sending them in this song?
How can you cope with situations in which you feel the weight of others' expectations and you just want to cut loose?