A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD is Lindsay Lohan's debut as a singer. The lyrics do contain some self-conscious sexual innuendo throughout -- just enough to let us know that our little girl is growing up, but not enough to really be grown up.
What's the story?
On SPEAK, Lindsay Lohan tries her hand (actually her voice) at a new artistic arena. Unfortunately, the result sounds manufactured and self-important. Lindsay gamely strikes a \"take-me-seriously-or-else\" guitar-slinger pose on the CD insert, and mostly sings as if she means it. But the schoolgirl charm that makes her movie-star persona so appealing is completely missing -- apparently no one remembered to tell her that singing is supposed to be fun. And the sweet, feisty voice that works so well on a movie soundtrack's song or two doesn't have enough unique presence to carry a whole album. The most original track is \"To Know Your Name,\" which utilizes an irresistible dance beat and Pac-Man sound effects with a playfulness that would have helped enormously in larger doses.
Is it any good?
A song like "Rumors," the artist's full-tilt whine about the pitfalls of being famous, will not speak to the universal teenage-girl experience, and self-conscious sexual innuendo throughout the lyrics seems designed to let us know that our little girl is (yawn) growing up. Still, there are some enchanting moments. Guitar-track tributes to Led Zeppelin and Duran Duran-style synthesized harmonies are fun (but few and far between) and the breathy lead vocal catches some genuinely expressive charm on "Disconnected."