Take Me Home



One Direction stays sweet, but expect some innuendo.
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Positive messages

"Little Things" is about loving all the good and bad parts of a person -- especially when they don't: "joining up the dots with the freckles on your face, it all makes sense to me ... I'm in love with all those little things -- it's you they add up to ... you still love to squeeze into your jeans, but you're perfect to me."

Positive role models

Although One Direction has certainly matured (along with their music) on this album, they still keep it mostly clean. The lyrics are fine, with only some minor innuendo, and they always sing about loving someone for all that they are, like in "Little Things."

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Minor innuendo, talk about kissing, and "staying over": "When we touch, do you get this kind of rush, baby say yeah-eh-eh. If you don't wanna take it slow and you just wanna take me home, baby say yeah-eh-eh." On the song "Last First Kiss," it says, "wanna be the first to take it all the way like this." "Live While We're Young" has the following chorus: "Tonight let's get some!"

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Second album from ultra-popular Brit boy band, who've spawned their own cottage industry of related products.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Take Me Home is definitely a notch up the sexy scale for One Direction, so there's a little innuendo and lyrics like "tonight let's get some!," and talk about kissing and "staying over," but the lyrics stay clean, and the still-sweet and positive content keep it OK for older tweens and up.

What's the story?

Still riding high from the worldwide success of their debut album, Up All Night, Brit boy band One Direction releases their sophomore album, TAKE ME HOME. It features the smash hit "Live While We're Young," along with 13 other tracks.

Is it any good?


One Direction has matured during their rocket-paced rise to success, and so has their music. Songs like "Kiss You," "Last First Kiss," and "Change My Mind" have some minor innuendo -- like you'd expect from teenage boys singing about girls and young love -- but the band manages to keep it sweet and positive. "Little Things" is an acoustic, heart-tugging ballad that celebrates all the little parts of a person that the person might be insecure about -- adding up to what makes them loveable.

Songs like the upbeat, self-deprecating "I Would"; the slower, declaratory "Over Again"; and the ever-relatable and timeless "Summer Love" are good examples of why fans can't seem to get enough of OD. Take Me Home?  Yes, please.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about music for tweens and teens. Do you think it's OK for tweens to listen to music that has some sexual innuendo in it -- even if it's minor? Are kids exposed to more today than they used to be, or are we just more aware of lyrics?

  • Do you think it's necessary for bands/singers to adjust their music for more mature audiences? Who are some artists or bands that have changed their music from tame to sexy? Who hasn't? What are the results? Is their a different standard when it comes to males and females?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:November 13, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 November 22, 2012

Really good album :D

This is a slightly more mature (talks about "taking me home", kissing and touching), and decent album. I like most of the songs on here, I mean -- I like the others, but some of the songs are better. The best songs on the album are "Live While We're Young", "Kiss You", "I Would", "Heart Attack", "Back for You "C'mon, C'mon", "Last First Kiss", "She's Not Afraid" and "Still the One"...... Wow, that was lot than I thought (haha). But anyway, this is a cool album. And the title "Take Me Home" kind of makes me feel warm... :)
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Too much sex
Teen, 13 years old Written byHazzaBoo July 26, 2013


I love One Direction! They're like my most favorite thing in the world right now, and not surprisingly, it's amazing. Although I must say it's a step up from Up All Night, it's more edgier and sexier as mentioned above. Not too bad.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written bykeepcalmandcarryon December 17, 2012

Minor innuendos, but overall very good

This is a good album from the UK boyband. Both of my daughters (12 and 15) really like it. There are some innuendos, as stated in the review, so I would watch out if you have younger kids (you don't want your 5 year old singing about "getting some" without knowing what it means). It has some positive messages and is respectful towards females, and it is a diverse and fun album.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex


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