"Outta My Head" (CD single)

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
"Outta My Head" (CD single) Music Poster Image
Pop nod to the '80s; good for slumber parties.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Beneath the fluff is some strong-willed female power: "Show me respect or I will show you the door."

Violence & Scariness

The lyrics aren't really violent, just a wee angry: "You tell me one more time how I should live/I swear I'll bite your head off."

Sexy Stuff

She says "shut up" once.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing really bad about this song except for a bit of attitude by someone who is tired of people telling her what to do. She says "shut up" once, but that's the most insulting thing in the single.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Dull and bubblegummy - bring the old Ashlee back!

Sexual Content (Not an Issue): None.
Violence (Pause): Ashlee wants to bite somebody's head off.
Language (Not an Issue): None.
Social Behavior (Not an Iss... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 May 10, 2009
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Apparently there are people trying to tell Ashlee Simpson what to do and she doesn't like it. Collaborating with powerhouse producer Timbaland, her first single off her new album uses repetition ("Outta my, outta my head/Want you outta my head/Outta my,/outta my head/Get outta my head/Outta my outta my head/Want you outta my head/Outta my, outta my head" is the chorus) and an over-synthesized voice to talk about her frustrations. Like Avril Lavigne, Simpson has done the pop-punk thing, but opts for the softer pop styling on this one, and borrows heavily from the '80s in both sound and playfulness.

Is it any good?

The lyrics are catchy and completely safe for tweens' ears ("All your opinions, keep them to yourself/Just let me think so I can hear myself") even if they don't have a lot to say. No doubt after one listen, you won't be able to get this catchy pop song outta your head. Note: Ashlee Simpson's new album is due out in 2008, so check back soon for a full review.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the need for artists to constantly reinvent themselves. Ashlee Simpson used to be more of a rocker. Does her new pop sound have anything to do with her sister Jessica or boyfriend Pete Wentz? Why do you think singers try to change their images all the time?

Music details

  • Artist: Ashlee Simpson
  • Release date: December 11, 2007
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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