In the Zone

 
Britney as provocative and sexually suggestive.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Are parents really saying to their daughters, "Be like Britney!"?

Violence

There are no violent references.

Sex

Lots of sexy innuendo, not to mention moaning ("I don't really wanna be a tease/but would you unzip my zipper please?"). One song is about masturbation.

Language

Depends on what "Twittle-ittle-ee" (an overused lyric on this CD) actually means. No language stronger than "sex drive" or "a-- shaking" -- unless you count the moaning.

Consumerism

Britney herself is a product of corporate commercialism, but there are no blatant tie-ins here.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Though Britney is finally old enough to get into bars, she sticks to sexy moaning on this CD.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Britney wants to make it clear that she's no little girl anymore. This CD is both provocative and sexually suggestive in lyrics such as "She naked, she soaking wet, strip tease like a mmm, drip, sweat" or "You lookin' good when you're half dressed, Just let me give you one last test." The song "Touch of My Hand" talks about masturbating.

What's the story?

On IN THE ZONE, Britney delivers pseudo-sexuality throughout -- much suggestive moaning, a few suggestive lyrics -- that might make some younger teens (and parents) uncomfortable. But the whole thing feels so artificial to begin with that it's hard to take the sex seriously. A soulful, earthy vocal by a truly great singer would be far sexier, even without the suggestive lyrics.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Poor Britney gets eaten alive by most of the well-produced and well-written songs on this album. She simply doesn't have the voice for them, and even a duet with Madonna can't save the day. Die-hard Britney fans will want this CD, and may enjoy the nicely produced dance tunes. Everyone else might consider trying them out at the karaoke bar instead --most likely you'll do a better job on the vocals.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what they think motivates Britney to sing so frankly about sex. You can use Britney's out-there sexuality to start a conversation about sex, such as what the difference is between singing about sex and engaging in it.

Music details

Artist:Britney Spears
Release date:November 18, 2003
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byFathomT July 6, 2015
age 13+
 

Britney can WRITE!

This Britney's best pre-Blackout album, and also her most eclectic album. Her songwriting is great and well displayed here. It's also where she REALLY got dirty (there is a [really good] song called "The Hook Up"). The only complaint is that the vocals, for most of the album, aren't great, except on tracks like "Toxic" (she has the perfect voice for that song) and "Everytime" (her voice is seriously gorgeous on that song). If you're a mature Britney fan, or even a mature Britney tolerator, you should seriously get this album.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent of a 12 and 14 year old Written bydavidl1 August 16, 2014
age 14+
 

ehhhhhh.... do kids like hearing songs about sex.......

Touch of my hand is about MASTURBATION, breathe of me is talking about a man touching her and having sex, one is about one night stands. I don't really think kids would listen to this type of stuff or besides toxic.DO KIDS EVEN LIKE BRITNEY BESIDES GAY KIDS?
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 August 27, 2012
age 11+
 

Well

This album is pretty steamy and provocative, but some of the songs are really catchy. Me Against The Music 3/5 - This isn't as steamy, and it's pretty catchy (I Got That) Boom Boom 3/5 - It's okay. I like the different vibe Showdown 3/5 - Eh, its ok. This album seems to have different-sounding vibes which is cool, though Breathe On Me 3/5 - Eh, not very special, I mean, kinda... Early Mornin' - 3/5 It's okay, again the different vibes are cool :) Toxic - 4/5 This is considerably steamy, catchy, although her breathy, high-pitched voice is kind of shrill... Outrageous 4/5 - This is really catchy, exotic, and fun, but it is really steamy. The steamy mostly comes from her heavy breathing, plus it consists lines like: "My sex drive", and "Trench-coat and my underwear". Touch Of My Hand 4/5 - This is a nice tune, with its exotic-esque vibe, but its steamy (the title really says it all). But its not really promoting anything bad The Hook Up 4/5 - This isn't as steamy, and it's another one with an exotic vibe Shadow 3/5 Brave New Girl 3/5 Everytime 4/5 - Even if Britney doesn't have the strongest of vocals, I think its her emotion in this apologetic song that makes this tune nice. Overall, this album is best for...older teens. :)
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