A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though THE SINGLES COLLECTION features songs from Britney Spears' earlier, less risqué days, it also includes more explicit tracks from recent years -- including her latest single "3," which is all about sexual threesomes. The sex talk is never graphic, but there's plenty of innuendo, as well as talk of smoking and drinking.
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What's the story?
THE SINGLES COLLECTION is the second greatest hits record (or third, if you count 2005's B in the Mix: The Remixes) from Britney Spears in the last five years -- not bad for an artist who's barely out of her mid-twenties. The latest compilation contains remasters of some of the same classic tracks on the former My Prerogative greatest hits album, including "Oops! I Did It Again," "Baby One More Time," and "Toxic." It also sports hits from more recent years, such as "Gimme More," "Piece of Me," and "Circus," along with Britney's latest number one single, "3" -- her ode to the sexual threesome. The track list parallels the singer's personal life, with the more carefree and fun songs from early in her career giving way to the tunes with sordid sexual themes that have characterized her career in recent years.
Is it any good?
Britney Spears is not just a singer, she's a brand -- known (and loved) for everything from her dancing to her image -- so she can't be judged on the merits of her lackluster vocals alone. Problem is, plenty of other brand-name artists do everything else Britney does, too, only they do it better. For example, Madonna may not be the best singer, either, but her daring image overhauls have resulted in songs that reflect a more intriguing variety of musical styles. And while Lady GaGa has also released her fair share of dance tracks, she infuses them with powerful vocals and more musical interest than Brit's ubiquitous synthesizer. Compared to tunes from these and other creative and talented counterparts, Britney's formulaic songs sound less appealing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Britney Spears' troubled personal life. Why would a girl like Britney, who seems to have everything anyone could ever want, have so much trouble finding happiness in her life?
What are other ways to get attention besides engaging in risky behaviors?