Love Drunk

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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A few drinking and drug lyrics mar otherwise clean album.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 18 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While this album is largely inoffensive, a few questionable messages do appear -- including the drinking/drug allusions in "Love Drunk" and "Chemicals Collide," and, in "Contagious," mention of reckless driving: "I'm flying down the fast lane / Doing 95-90, things on my brain."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Aside from a couple of eyebrow-raising messages in certain songs, the guys in Boys Like Girls are reasonably good examples of how to be young and hip without boasting about various sexual exploits or extremely hard partying. 

Violence
Sex

No talk of the act itself, but lots of references to kissing.

Language

Just a couple of swear words, like bulls--t.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song "Love Drunk" compares being in love to getting drunk, and "Chemicals Collide" describes it as a "high."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is pretty clean overall, with no explicit sex talk, graphic language, or serious partying references.  

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKeatonxRondelli December 8, 2009

makes me want my band to play it!

its about being in love then falling out of love, why do people take so many things so seriously? i mean wtf all these reviews ive been reading are ridiculous,... Continue reading
Parent of a 11 and 13 year old Written byblahblah blahbl... November 1, 2009

really good

For families can talk about, i really don't think it's bad for Taylor Swift to be on the album, but i guess that's just me..... this is a great c...
Teen, 13 years old Written bypeaceoutelsa October 8, 2009

Fine for 10 year olds

Even though the song is called love drunk it has nothing to do with drinking or drugs. I think it is an ok song!
Kid, 9 years old December 28, 2009
It is called love drunk, but is is a good song

What's the story?

For its sophomore album LOVE DRUNK, Boston-based band Boys Like Girls recruited some star power with pretty heavy wattage: Taylor Swift sings on the single "Two Is Better Than One," while Ashley Tisdale appears in the video for the title track. Though the latter tune includes a decidedly adult comparison between getting drunk / having a hangover and falling in love / breaking up, the bulk of the remaining songs on the record are fairly clean, talking mostly about the highs and lows of new love without a lot of swearing or sex talk. Of note, however, are the multiple references to kissing, with lyrics like "we used to kiss all night" and "you're so contagious…I caught it when I kissed you."

Is it any good?

Musically, this record has some good things going for it. The duet with Taylor Swift is a clear highlight, with Swift and band frontman Martin Johnson engaging in some nice harmonization that makes the song a standout amid the rest of the pop-punk tracks on the record. And the tight overall songwriting results in other tunes, like "She's Got a Boyfriend Now," that loop back in your mind long after they're over.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the allusions to drinking and drugs in this album and the impact alcohol in the media has on kids.

  • Does it hurt the reputation of a "good girl" like Taylor Swift to sing on a record that talks about drinking and drugs?

Music details

  • Artist: Boys Like Girls
  • Release date: September 8, 2009
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

For kids who love funky beats

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