Kiss & Tell

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Disney star releases clean, if uninspired, debut album.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Striving to reach your goals and standing up for yourself in romantic relationships are two examples of the positive themes that pervade most of this album.

Positive Role Models & Representations

When it comes to being a role model, Selena Gomez goes a bit above and beyond her peers, working as a UNICEF ambassador and participating in charity events.   

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that KISS & TELL is a typical tween album, giving clean accounts of common tween concerns like falling in love and following your dreams.  

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Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byMKCC December 19, 2009

O.K.

I am 8 and I think it's O.K..
Kid, 11 years old July 10, 2013

STEP OFF YOU SELENA GOMEZ HATERS!

HEY ALL YOU SELENA GOMEZ HATERS! READ THIS COMMENT! IF YOU HATE SELENA IT'S BECAUSE YOU WANT THE TALENT SHE HAS! SO WHAT IS SHE'S REALLY AUTOTUNNED! S... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old June 27, 2011

Quit Hating on Selena

Quit hating on Sel!!! This song isn't bad it's better for pre teens going through boy trouble.

What's the story?

KISS & TELL is the first full-length album from Selena Gomez, the star of Disney's Wizards of Waverley Place. The long list of songs (20 in all) runs the gamut of topics that most tweens talk about -- such as falling in (and out of) love, setting life goals, and striving to realize them. In terms of questionable content, there's not a lot to be found here: the lyrics contain no swearing, sexual references, or other adult themes. The only thing Gomez is guilty of is having a somewhat pessimistic perspective on love at times, in tracks like "Falling Down" and "Disappear:" "I remember the first time but it wasn't the last time / That you told me you'd take me back / So I'm still wonderin' why it was ever a question / I should've learned my lesson, I keep comin' back, like a heart attack that's always breakin.'"

Is it any good?

With a bevy of young female pop singers vying for attention, you've gotta have a pretty exceptional voice to stand out -- and Selena Gomez doesn't. Though she manages to stay on pitch, her vocals lack that certain something, like the punch of Demi Lovato or the purity of Taylor Swift. Unfortunately, Gomez can't even hide behind good music, since the canned arrangements in these songs sound like they're straight out of the drum machine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Gomez's career. When faced with so many other young singers seeking the spotlight, how can someone like Selena Gomez distinguish herself?

  • If Selena ultimately doesn't become a megastar, what else can she do to make her life meaningful? 

  • Would Selena Gomez be a star without the Disney marketing machine behind her? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Selena Gomez
  • Release date: September 29, 2009
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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