Clean, mostly cookie-cutter pop; a few standout tracks.

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Positive messages

Songs about breakups, getting over someone, and fighting the temptation to cheat. "Beautiful," the duet with Justin Bieber, has a positive message with lyrics that say, "What makes you beautiful is that you don't know how beautiful you are."

Positive role models

So far Jepsen's music is mostly tame and clean.


No real violence, but breakup/heartbreak song "Tonight I'm Getting Over You" says, "I wanna touch your heart, I wanna crush it in my hands."


Very minor innuendo in "This Kiss" about temptation and cheating; "Turn Me Up" says, "Here you are and I know what you're after, but you're reading me wrong," about running into an ex.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kiss features the uber-hit "Call Me Maybe" from Canadian sensation Carly Rae Jepsen. The album's lyrics are super clean, but there are some mature themes about breakups and physical temptation that could make it iffy for youngest tweens.

What's the story?

After the release of her successful single "Call Me Maybe," Canadian cutie Carly Jepsen, backed by Justin Bieber and his powers that be, releases her first major studio album, KISS. The 12 tracks also include the singles "Beautiful," a duet with Bieber, and "Good Thing" with Owl City.

Is it any good?


Given the surprise runaway success of "Call Me Maybe," there was probably a mad dash to get an album out for Jepsen. Although there are some solid tracks and it's clear that Jepsen has the vocal chops to carry a record, the songs on Kiss are mostly cookie-cutter synth-pop that get redundant after the third track. "Beautiful," with JB, is the only song that slows it down, with some acoustic guitar and a slightly grittier sound that's refreshing compared with the rest of the record. "Tonight I'm Gettin' Over You" lets Jepsen stretch her vocals and stands out as one of the better singles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about if it's too easy for anyone to be famous these days. Have the Internet, reality shows, YouTube, and Facebook allowed too many people to find fame? Or are these good ways for real talent to get noticed?

  • Do you think Jepsen has what it takes to have a long music career, or is she just a flavor of the moment?

  • Do you think Jepsen is a positive role model? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Carly Rae Jepsen
Release date:September 18, 2012
Label:Interscope Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2012


I love it<3 The reason why I rated it 4 stars is because this album isn't nearly as good as her other ones.
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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 November 30, 2012

Okay album

This album is okay. But I think CSM is right when they say the songs are standard pop. Carly Rae Jepsen does have a nice voice, but I think the music/lyrics could be more creative, and I would like it better. A lot of songs are about romance, and some have minot innuendo in it, but I think it's fine for kids.
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Parent of a 13, 14, 15, 16, and 17 year old Written bymykidsarebabies2 July 22, 2015


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