Kiss & Tell

Common Sense Media says

Disney star releases clean, if uninspired, debut album.





What parents need to know

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

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
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 24, 2010


Selena Gomez is awesome!!Her CD is really amazing,and listening,I have finally kinda let go of Miley a LITTLE.
What other families should know
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Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMileyySupport January 2, 2010

Selena needs to put down the microphone

I HATE THIS ALBUM.It's boring,fake and uninteresting don't waste your time
Kid, 8 years old December 19, 2009

Selena Gomez can be a role model for anyone.

Selena Gomez is a wonderful role model just becuase she's friends with Milley Cyrus and Milley Cyrus is a bad role model doesn't make Selena Gomez a bad role model to. Spread the word.
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