Take Me Home

Common Sense Media says

One Direction stays sweet, but expect some innuendo.





What parents need to know

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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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, 13 years old Written bytiffc June 8, 2013

One Direction's Take Me Home

This album is super catchy, great for singing and dancing and having fun in general. They have music for everyone, like slow ballads (Little Things, Summer Love), songs to rock out to (Rock Me, I Would), and everything in between! One Direction appeals to all ages in different ways. There is lots of One Direction merchandise for younger kids and tweens, so it seems like they are targeted towards that age group. However, their fandom (the Directioners) are mostly teens and older, and therefore have the ability to be more connected with the band through social media, which the band uses quite a lot, like Twitter during their concerts. The boys in the band are from about 19-21 right now, so they are definitely evolving their sound as they grow older. However, younger kids will still like it because their songs are catchy and have a good beat, although they may not pay any attention to the lyrics which sometimes can be mature. (Rock Me for example: I want you to hit the pedal/heavy metal/show me you care), but they don't swear or talk about drugs, drinking, or smoking. There is minor language! Muffled in the background of "They Don't Know About Us", one of the boys says "Dam* girl" more than once, but that's the only occasion where they sort of swear. Although they are choosing to have tattoos and such, they still are good role models. They are polite, respectful, and still pretty clean-cut, although they are going down the route where their sound is going to become edgier and more pop-rock. Sometimes in their interviews, they get cheeky and sometimes swear during concerts, but not very often. They are teenagers, don't forget! Their songs are still super catchy and fun, great for singing along to. They always have good beats and don't include rapping or a lot of dubstep if that's something you don't like. As a fan, I would advise others not to get too swept up into their fandom. They have lots of merchandise, some of which is more enticing than others. For example, they have a new perfume called "Our Moment" and lots of official t-shirts and the like that are a little overpriced. Fan-made items or DIY's for One Direction inspired items are out there, so I would reccomend purchasing those if the official merchandise doesn't appeal to you. They have a world tour right now and one coming up, and tickets are much, much sought after and resold for tons more, so keep up with their ticket information if you think you would like to attend one of their concerts. The fans themselves use lots of social media and are pretty amazing. They make beautiful fan art that you may enjoy looking at or have cool remixes and mashups. However, they are sometimes more mature and aren't afraid to swear or include sexier or racier comments on their blogs, twitters, etc. so watch out. Overall, One Direction is a fun boy band that appeals to pretty much everyone, but just stay wary as they are older and have an older fanbase compared to what you may think.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old May 16, 2013

Perfect for any girl any age! Unless..

Unless the parents have a problem with music about clean teen love. I reccomend all the songs for any age. WARNING: STAY AWAY FROM THE SONG "Rock me".
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old December 21, 2012


I absolutely think one direction is a very amazing band, being a 10-17 year old girl. I think that their song little things is a positive message.
What other families should know
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