Lotus

 
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Another steamy CD from The Voice's pop powerhouse.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A handful of songs feature positive messages about bouncing back after experiencing hardship and finding a creative outlet (singing) to express emotion. 

Positive role models

Strong role models remain upbeat in the face of adversity and look for positive ways resolve complex feelings. 

Violence

The track "Cease Fire" includes a metaphor about guns. 

Sex

The songs "Your Body" and "Around the World" get pretty sexy: "We can talk dirty in a different language (voulez vouz coucher avec moi ce soir"). 

Language

The tune "Circles" includes the words "f--k" and "s--t," as well as references to the middle finger. 

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while Lotus doesn't feature a whole lot of graphic language or content, it does include a handful of curse words ("f--k" and "s--t") in the song "Circles," as well as some steamy sexual scenarios in a couple of tracks. Even the clean edition still sports some of the sexual innuendo in tunes like "Your Body" and "Around the World" -- resulting in a record that's too mature for younger fans.  

What's the story?

LOTUS is the seventh full-length album from pop diva turned TV show host, Christina Aguilera. Though much of Aguilera's time has recently been taken up with her hosting duties on vocal competition The Voice, she's found some time to record 13 new tracks, two of which feature guest appearances by her TV co-hosts, R&B singer Cee Lo Green and country vocalist Blake Shelton. The deluxe edition includes three additional tracks, along with a remix of the original version of the main album track "Your Body."

Is it any good?

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Christina Aguilera is undeniably among the most talented singers of her generation. That said, the somewhat schizophrenic quality of this album makes it hard to love on the whole. Best to concentrate on stand-out individual singles like "Make the World Move," her duet with Cee Lo Green, and "Best of Me."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Christina Aguilera's incredibly popular TV show, The Voice, may have influenced the making of this album. 

  • The record includes duets with two of Aguilera's co-hosts on The Voice, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton. Do these collaborations result in great songs, or are they a thinly veiled means of marketing the show? Why? 

  • Aguilera has been criticized for having a fuller figure. Do you think The Voice's emphasis on talent rather than appearance has helped Christina feel more comfortable in her own skin? Why? 

Music details

Artist:Christina Aguilera
Release date:November 12, 2012
Type:Album
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byMonksy204 December 12, 2012
 

Really Good Album; 2 Iffy Songs

I really think this album shows a positive message, of getting back up when you fall down. If you cut Circles and Shut Up (Bonus Track), this album is pretty much harmless, I really like this album and I recommend it!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Parent Written byMusic/Movies March 5, 2013
 

Sex: 2/10 - Violence 0/10 - Language: 4/10 - Drinking: 1/10

A very good CD with mostly clean songs and good messages. Even the songs that use a little bit of language are clean. Only one or two songs on this disc are a little iffy. Most of them share good messages and lines. The songs "Empty Words", "Army of Me," and "Sing For Me" share good messages about being strong and believing in yourself. The songs "Blank Page", "Light Up the Sky" and "Caese Fire" are about love, freindship and being kind to one another. The songs "Red Hot Kinda Love" and "All Around the World" are a little steamy and have a few suggestive lines, but are mostly clean and fun. There are two songs you have to watch out for and those songs are "Shut Up" and "Circles". Shut up has a few swear words in it including a bleeped out f--k and a bleeped out sh-t. The song Circles has the same language, but it isn't bleeped out. This song doesn't have a bad message, it actually teaches you to not care what others think about you, but the language is a little strong. Like I said, overall, this CD is mostly clean. A lot of people will like it. I suggest getting the delux edition which comes with 3 extera GREAT songs and a remix.
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