Julianne Hough

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Hit-you-over-the-head messages in laid-back style.

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Positive Messages

A couple of songs deal with helping friends through rough times (substance abuse, bad relationships).


No obvious product placement in lyrics; insert advertises ring tones and other products.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An anti-alcoholism message on "Help Me, Help You."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Julianne Hough, known for her appearances on So You Think You Can Dance, delivers garden-variety, family-safe country songs. One track deals with the issue of helping a friend deal with substance abuse. The others address themes of love and relationships with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byccbluebonnet March 12, 2010

perfect for everyone

oh my gosh this is one of my FAVORITE CD's
Kid, 11 years old July 12, 2009

Lisiten now

Love the cd love her and love Dancing with the stars

What's the story?

Julianne Hough has a sweet voice and the support of an excellent band on her self-titled CD. She's also got good-ole-girl spunk to spare, nestled squarely in the country-pop genre. Her pleasant voice, spiced with searing guitar riffs and sparkling B-3 fills, deliver family-safe, Christianity-assumed lyrics. Themes of addiction abound; sometimes it's addiction to alcohol (as in \"Help Me, Help You\"), but more often it's addiction to love (as in just about every other track).

Is it any good?

Julianne, a multitalented singer/actor/dancer (the type that often starts out as a singer/actor/dancer/waiter), does a credible job bringing empathy and substance to songs that, with a couple of exceptions, are catchy but formulaic. Obsessed with a retro and tiresome addiction to love ("I'd jump off a cliff, cliff, cliff just to kiss your pretty lips, lips, lips"), or a "girl, take care of yourself" message ("He's a stranger, but he's tall and he's cute; Girl, am I getting this right? Didn't we go over this ground last week?"), all slam their points home with sledgehammer subtlety.

One exception, "That Song in My Head," is a standout because rather than trying to express sweeping emotions with dramatic overkill, it describes one lovely moment in time: seeing a cute guy playing air guitar on the back of a pickup truck and not being able to get the image out of your mind. Who hasn't been there?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Help Me, Help You," a song that describes the frustration of caring about someone who's in denial about substance abuse and addiction. Have you ever been in this situation with a friend or family member? What's the best way to handle it?

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