In This Skin

Common Sense Media says

Here is processed pop music at its most ordinary.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

How much do we really need to know about this woman's marriage? Other than that, there's nothing offensive at all.


No violence.


Advertised as a celebration of the artist's recent marriage, this CD oozes coy innuendo and a bit of explicit sex.


No offensive language here.


An insert in the CD package advertises Jessica and Nick's MTV show Newlyweds.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Love is the only drug on this CD.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is processed pop music at its most ordinary, including a sort of simpering sexuality from a young woman who takes herself way too seriously. Musically, you (and your teen) can do much better.

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What's the story?

Jessica Simpson is a very pretty girl with a very nice voice, but that's about all there is to IN THIS SKIN. She wants us to know that she reached deep into her heart to create these songs, that they came out of the happy glow surrounding her marriage to Nick Lachey of 98 Degrees. The title song is heralded as a groundbreaking anthem to the insecurity felt by most teenagers. It's about loving yourself in spite of the part deep inside of you that feels unlovable, and teenagers will relate. But this important \"message\" song (like others offered here) would work better if it were written and delivered with a bit of wit and charm. This woman takes herself WAY too seriously.

Is it any good?


On her official web page (, Jessica boasted that this was the first project on which she's had a chance to really express herself -- she wrote or co-wrote most of the songs and had a great deal of control over the project. Unfortunately, the production sounds perfunctory, the keys random (many songs seem too high for her pretty voice), and the songs themselves are boring. Perhaps she could have used some experienced guidance after all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Simpson's reputation as a singer. Did going on MTV help her record career? Do you think that's why she did it?

Music details

Artist:Jessica Simpson
Release date:August 19, 2003
Label:Sony Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bykossu August 12, 2009
Lol for a sing a age this is the Funniest place where i have been lolol hahahahah
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 16, 2009


i like jessica alot
Teen, 17 years old Written bymaranda April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

My favorite cd!

This cd is so good! I recommend it. Theres not problems with sexual references or anything. I think it's a good cd for 13+. She has such a good voice and is very talented and she uses her talent in a good way.


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