Just Like You

Common Sense Media says

Mixed messages mar Idol rocker's otherwise clean CD.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

On the one hand, Iraheta advocates that young adults hold a high level of self-esteem; on the other, she makes it seem acceptable to endure poor treatment. 

Positive role models

Though Allison Iraheta hasn't become a tabloid regular like other stars her age, she also doesn't put her best foot forward by releasing songs like "Beat Me Up," in which she claims to still love a guy even though he doesn't treat her well. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Allison Iraheta steers clear of adult content and graphic language, her album incorporates some troubling messages about being unable to break free of bad relationships. For example, in "Beat Me Up" she claims to still love a guy even though he doesn't treat her well. 

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What's the story?

L.A. singer Allison Iraheta is the latest in a long line of American Idol contestants who failed to reach the top spot (she came in fourth in Season 8) but scored a record deal nevertheless. JUST LIKE YOU is Iraheta's debut record, containing twelve songs that are largely free of graphic content. The tunes avoid mature topics like sex, drinking, and drugs, focusing instead on the nuts and bolts of romantic relationships. While the content is mostly clean, the messages are mixed. In songs like "Don't Waste the Pretty," Iraheta shows her no-nonsense, self-respecting side, advising girls not to "waste the pretty" on guys who treat them badly. Yet in other tracks, such as "Beat Me Up," Iraheta keeps going back to a boy who wrongs her, claiming "Baby even though you beat me up / I still love you 'cause you heat me up / And that’s why every time you hit me up / I come running 'cause you fix me up."

Is it any good?

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After covering tunes from the likes of such hardcore rockers as Janis Joplin and Heart, you'd expect that the singer's first record would fall solidly in the rock camp. Not the case: from the first track, the album exudes a pop sensibility that takes the luster off of Iraheta's rock persona. Unfortunately, that persona is part of what made her music appealing; without it, this record sounds a lot like albums from many other young, pop-oriented singers like Demi Lovato and even Kelly Clarkson.   

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the conflicting messages espoused by Iraheta on the album. Why does she use some songs to discuss independence and self-respect, and others to describe how she's too weak to end a dysfunctional relationship?

  • Do you think Iraheta would be famous if it wasn't for American Idol?

Music details

Artist:Allison Iraheta
Release date:December 8, 2009
Label:Jive Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byjessica.horsecrazy April 7, 2010
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Perfect for teenagers, but not kids

Okay, so we all remember little seventeen-year-old Allison Ireheta from American Idol, right? Well, if you were expecting her album to contain the same genre of music that she sang on Idol, you’re in for a surprise! ‘Just Like You’ is a Pop Rock album, and though it is not the more ‘traditional’ style of Rock that many people were expecting, it is still very good. All of the songs (‘Robot Love’, ‘Just Like You’, ‘D Is For Dangerous’ and ‘You Don’t Know Me’ are my personal favorites) are well-written, have amazing beats and Allison’s vocal talents are just as good (if not better) than when she was on American Idol, making this a top-class album. However, these are my concerns: All of the songs on the album are about relationships and – on top of that – none of them are ‘happy’ relationship songs. They are all about the mean boy who broke her heart (‘Friday I’ll Be Over U’) or the wicked guy who beats her (‘Beat Me Up’) or the texting-addict who makes her feel like there’s a third wheel (‘Robot Love’). It would be okay if these were happy songs, but ask yourself, do you really want to think on all of this, especially if you’re younger? There is also mild swearing in ‘Holiday’ (Feels so d--m good like Hollywood) which is not serious, but still cussing. Overall, ‘Just Like You’ is a good Pop Rock album, appropriate for listeners aged 13 +. - Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly January 16, 2010
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ALLIE!!!

LOVE LOVE LOVE Allison! She is amazing, and so is her album!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byfatcorgi1 April 11, 2011
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This is a great album full of great songs but the because of the themes in most of the songs, it's for ages 8 and up. Maybe 7 and up if it's like 2 sisters and one of them is like 10 and they like listening to the same things... Personally I love this album and I think that it is great for 8 and up and iffy for 6 and up. Anyway, it's a good album and this is just what I think. It all depends on your situation. Try listening to some of the songs on youtube before you buy the album.

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