The High Road

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Teen's pleasant pop gets a little more sensual.
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Parents say

age 18+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some positive messages about being -- and standing up for -- yourself.

Violence
Sex

On "The Way You Do Me," JoJo sings, "Boy the way you do me, the way you do me/why you gotta be so good when you give it to me?" Other songs are subtler.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that JoJo's innuendo is a little more sensual and sophisticated than last time around. The spicier lyrics can be found on "The Way You Do Me." JoJo sings, "Boy the way you do me, the way you do me/why you gotta be so good when you give it to me?" Other songs are subtler. The artist, now a ripe-old 15, is coming into her own with a pleasant pop album and maturing vocal style.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymamma_of_3 April 9, 2008

I cringed when I bought this for my 11-year-old...

My 11-year-old girl got this CD for her birthday. I heard the lyrics, and they are a little to inapropriate for a 15-year-old to sing, let alone my daughter lis... Continue reading
Adult Written byDexterSmith April 9, 2008

Just as great, but a lot more sexuality

Sexual Content (Pause): Lots of flirting and innuendo that stops just short of explicit. Violence (Not an Issue): None. Language (Not an Issue): None. Social Be... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008

GO JOJO!!

this is one of the best CD's ever!!! is a must for kids of all ages!
Teen, 17 years old Written byrebma97 April 10, 2014

Excellent R&B/soul

JoJo is one of my favorite R&B singers - she has such an amazing, strong voice that's it's hard not to like it. I also don't listen to a... Continue reading

What's the story?

JoJo's impressive vocal performances on THE HIGH ROAD bounce along over pleasant, hook-filled, synthesizer-heavy instrumental tracks. Lyrics rarely leave the love arena. Most deal with the ups and downs of relationships from ambivalence and instructional flirtation (\"How to Touch a Girl\") to heartbreak and I'm-not-making-the-same-mistake-again anthems, as on \"Too Little, Too Late\" (\"You say you dream of my face/but you don't like me, you just like the chase…It doesn't matter anyway/you know it's just too little too late\"). Innuendo is just a bit sexier than her last CD: \"Boy the way you do me, the way you do me/why you gotta be so good when you give it to me?\" is typical, on \"The Way You Do Me,\" an infectiously danceable confection. Gospel-tinged background vocals and a couple of nicely performed ballads add a pinch of soul.

Is it any good?

Most 15-year-olds are unable to communicate the complexities of romance with JoJo's degree of worldly sophistication -- but most 15-year olds don't have arsenals of professional songwriters and producers at their disposal. This might be worth remembering if JoJo's lyrics don't quite live in the world of the real teens in your household. Nestled among all the love stuff is the occasional "you can do it" empowerment. "You're exceptional the way you are -- don't need to change for nobody," sung over and over again on "Exceptional," may not be the most brilliant lyricism in the world -- but it is something most tweens need to hear way more often than they do.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it might be like to be a teenage pop star like JoJo. What would be the benefits? What would you have to give up? If this opportunity were handed to you, would you take it or turn it down, and why?

Music details

  • Artist: Jojo
  • Release date: October 17, 2006
  • Label: Blackground Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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