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The High Road

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Teen's pleasant pop gets a little more sensual.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence
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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.

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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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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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Kid, 11 years old July 24, 2009

good, looking forward

this girl is totally cute, very pretty and an amazing singer. and if its all fake, well, shes got great producers. but the things she sings about arent for a younger audience than, uhm, 10 or 11. theres too much about guys and not enough of the good wholesome girl-you-rock stuff. im looking forward to her next album, all i want is everything, which by the title doesnt sound very good. and, hopefully since its been 3 whole years since anything musical form her has come out, im wondering what the deal is. but im excited. i hope it wont be explicit. :D
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 whole lot of R&B, but I really like JoJo's. My favorite songs are "The Way You Do Me", "Too Little, Too Late" and "Note To God". There is some innuendo, notability in "The Way You Do Me", which is a giant double entendre ("Boy the way you do me/boy the way you do me/why you gotta be so good when you give it to me?"). And "Too Little, Too Late" has the line "Come with me, stay the night."
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
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!

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