Speak

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Speak Music Poster Image
Another (yawn) manufactured safe pop star.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of mild drinking and drug references.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytaxcds April 9, 2008
Adult Written by90210fan January 31, 2011

she rocks

Love it postive cd for all ages
Teen, 16 years old Written byBAD_singer April 9, 2008
Teen, 13 years old Written bydarrenc95 April 9, 2008

Amazing singer, but tracks are repetitive and somewhat dull

Sexual Content (Pause): Some mild sexual innuendo. Violence (Not an Issue): Lindsay's a lover, not a fighter. Language (Pause): One use of "damn"... Continue reading

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."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Lindsay Lohan's transformation from a young movie star into a pop singer. Ask your kids if they think it's possible for an artist to excel at both. Is it better to perfect one craft? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Lindsay Lohan
  • Release date: December 7, 2004
  • Label: Casablanca
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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