Right Where You Want Me

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Still a sweet teen heartthrob, but a tad sexier.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

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Positive Messages

A sobering message about the dangers of drunk driving.


Some spicy innuendo on two songs. From "Blow Your Mind": "Turn off all the lights and lay back while I blow your mind."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Invincible" is about the tragic results of drunk driving.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jesse McCartney is still a nice guy, despite some sexier innuendo this time around. One song, "Invincible," tells the story of a drunk-driving tragedy.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bykawaiianimekitty123 June 30, 2020

Slightly more mature for Jesse's younger fans but perfect for tweens

"Right Where You Want Me" has innuendo-ish and sexy lyrics like "I've never felt the need to lose control/Always held on back and played it... Continue reading
Adult Written bymag4god April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bykrazypanda June 26, 2009
Teen, 14 years old Written byirishgamer96 March 7, 2009

Just so you know (cd single)

This song has awesome beat.I think this is okay for 10 year olds.Only this song.

What's the story?

TV and boy-band veteran Jesse McCartney is a nice guy, the kind most parents would like to see dating their daughter. At least that's the image that he -- and his record label -- seem to be trying to project. And most of the songs on RIGHT WHERE YOU WANT ME are declarations of the kind of adoring, romantic love that fuels young teens' fantasies. A couple of the songs actually get pretty sexy, with playful (if non-explicit) innuendo; for example, "Turn off all the lights and lay back while I blow your mind" ("Blow Your Mind").

Is it any good?

McCartney is a terrific singer, so it's no surprise that his follow-up to his debut album Beautiful Soul is just as successful an effort, if a teensy bit less safe. The most substantial song by far is "Invincible," a cautionary tale about the tragic end to a drunken ride down the highway. "Four or five drinks and you were on your way ... you took that turn doing 85 in a 35 ... doctors were trying to save you for three damn hours" are lyrics that might stimulate some family discussion about drinking and driving.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Invincible" and the issue of teens driving drunk. Parents may want to reinforce that kids can always call them for a ride if they're afraid to get in a car with someone driving who seems to be intoxicated.

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