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Playing With Fire
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Kevin Federline -- Britney Spears' former backup dancer/husband has nothing to offer us but lackluster lyrics that celebrate drugs, drinking, sexist behavior, and his own fabulousness. PLAYING WITH FIRE is an awful CD filled with in-your-face rants devoid of any wit or charm. K-Fed seems proud of the fact that he loves to get high, think about women as objects put into the world to please him, and write really bad songs about his rich yet limited life.
Is it any good?
The real problem on Playing With Fire goes beyond the message to songwriting and performance. Lyrics from the title song ("I keep the marijuana right where the sluts be, right where my nuts be ... the media treats me unjustly") are typical of the degree of depth (i.e. shallowness), poetry, and soul achieved here. Content is filled with just about every four-letter word there is. Brand names (mostly clothing and alcoholic beverages) abound.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how K-Fed's marriage to (and break up with) Britney Spears might have affected his career; that is, if anyone feels like talking about him at all. Do you think he would have been able to make an album if their relationship hadn't raised his profile?