In the Zone

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Britney as provocative and sexually suggestive.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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


There are no violent references.


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.


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.


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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 and 14-year-old Written bydavidl1 August 16, 2014

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 thi... Continue reading
Adult Written byjumpinbini April 9, 2008
this is typical britney music, i like the collaborations that she did with old and new artists. she is trying new things in her album muscially and artisticall... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bygargara December 6, 2016
Too much sex but really enjoyed this album.
Teen, 13 years old Written byFathomT July 6, 2015

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... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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