"Not Myself Tonight" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Not Myself Tonight" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Even edited version of party tune is too edgy for tweens.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Pretending to be something you're not -- especially when that someone engages in risky behaviors -- is not a positive message for kids.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While Aguilera has created a steady personal life for herself, her music continues to advocate some questionable behavior.

Violence
Sex

Talks about "kissing all the boys and the girls."

Language

Explicit version drops a few f-bombs.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions "taking shots."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single describes a girl who wants to escape her good-girl image by going to a club, drinking shots, and kissing "boys and girls." The explicit version of the song includes the f-word in parts, and overall, the song includes a somewhat alarming message about trying to be someone you're not.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, and 17 year old Written byMissBridgette July 3, 2010

16 and up this could fly, 15... ehhh, 14 definitely no.

I like the song as a song, definitely not for children's ears though. The line, "and if you don’t like it [email protected]&k you" pop up twice. Also th... Continue reading
Adult Written bytanzhang21988 February 13, 2011

only approperate for adults not even for teenagers

this new single is very creative regarding to her costumes, make up. interesting and unique. but this should not be used by any kids under 18. NOT HIGH SCHOOL... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byFlickChick197 June 14, 2010

Must be for anyone over 17

I know you are probably reading this like "Who is she to say over 17?" Well, when I heard that Christina Aguilera came out with a new album, Bionic, I... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 12, 2010
The line, "'cause I'm doin' things that I norm'lly don't do-o-o-o-o-o/the old me's gone/I feel brand... Continue reading

What's the story?

NOT MYSELF TONIGHT is the first single off the forthcoming album Bionic from power-pop princess Christina Aguilera. The album will be the first collection of new songs from the singer since her 2006 record Back to Basics. In the debut single, Aguilera reverts back to her former wild-child ways, talking about escaping her everyday self by hitting the club. While there's nothing inherently wrong with wanting to blow off some steam every once in awhile, Aguilera's lyrics go a bit beyond just a harmless night of fun, mentioning "I'm dancing alot and I'm taking shots ... I'm kissing all the boys and the girls / Someone call the doctor 'cause I lost my mind, 'cause I'm doing things that I normally won't do / And if you don't like it,f--k you." The edited version of the song bleeps out the f-bombs, but the troubling message about engaging in risky behaviors to avoid problems remains.

Is it any good?

Though it doesn't break any creativity boundaries, "Not Myself Tonight" is an undeniably danceable song, with a catchy beat backed by Aguilera's consistently fantastic vocals. It's this voice that always makes even the more mundane among Aguilera's songs sound just a little different than anyone else's.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the danger in trying to escape problems through partying and sex. What can happen to your problems when you avoid dealing with them?

  • Instead of acting out, what are five things you can do to try to resolve difficult feelings?

Music details

  • Artist: Christina Aguilera
  • Release date: April 13, 2010
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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