The Time of Our Lives

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Walmart-exclusive mini-CD is edgy but kid-friendly.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 25 reviews

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

Positive Messages

There are positive messages about getting your confidence back and living life to the fullest, but there's also a pervasive theme of romantic obsession on many of the songs. "Keep on calling, but you’re never around" "I just had to call you up and say hello, I know it's 3 a.m., and I saw you awhile ago, but I still had this aching need to hear your voice. " "I'm your favorite obsession."

Positive Role Models & Representations

A few songs talk about "hitting the clubs."


Only a few references to desire: "You want me, you need me...I'm your favorite obsession." "Am I obsessed with you, I do my best not to want you, but I do all the time "


"I'm so pissed off, always hanging around."


This CD is exclusively sold by Walmart and is connected to the Miley Cyrus/Max Azria clothing line also being sold exclusively at Walmart. Some of these songs appear in commercials for the clothes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Vague smoking reference: "I don't care if you choke, when you light up your smoke, it’s the one thing I can call my own."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this short collection of songs is only iffy in a few spots and even then the questionable spots are pretty mild. Cyrus sings about driving to clubs and obsessing about certain boys on several songs. But in general, this is a group of songs OK for most any age, and positive lyrics about re-connecting with yourself and living life to the fullest can be found throughout.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybianca7788 May 16, 2011

Clean but Catchy

Not bubblegum pop, but still very catchy while being clean.
Parent of a 11 and 15-year-old Written bybla bl bla bla bla November 5, 2009

Perfect for all ages

Parents there is nothing wrong she is growing up and is letting out anger give her a break like piss smoke relax !
Kid, 10 years old December 10, 2010

Its Okay..

Although over these years, I really don't like who Miley's becoming. But, I can't help but to sing along to this wonderful album. For kids 7 and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bySelenaGomezfan110 November 26, 2010
Age 8 and up: age apropriate. Ages 7 and under: not age apropriate. What People need to know is that this album is OK for kids. Just as long as they are 8 years... Continue reading

What's the story?

Longer than a CD single, but shorter than an album, THE TIME OF OUR LIVES is Miley Cyrus's extended play, Walmart-exclusive release. Debuting at the same time as her Walmart clothing line collaboration with fashion designer Max Azria, this CD marks a bit of a departure for the pop-rock Disney sweetheart. Several songs have a hard rock edge and the album's promotion was linked to the infamous \"pole dancing performance\" and the 2009 Teen Choice Awards.

Is it any good?

Who would have expected Miley Cyrus's tiptoe into pop relevancy to be so much fun. Moving beyond her Disney days, Cyrus lays the groundwork for a more mature, interesting and exciting sound. Tween party grooves are replaced by rock tracks like "The Time of Our Lives" and "Kicking and Screaming" which retain Cyrus's energy, but just add a little more attitude to the mix. On tracks like "Party in the U.S.A.," one of her most successful songs of her career thus far, Cyrus does a good job of embracing her famous pop princess past while exploring new territory. Although there are some ballads that bog down the up-tempo vibe, "When I Look At You" is a sincere, moving addition to the musical joyride.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Miley Cyrus has changed her image and her music as she has grown up. Help kids adapt to changes in their beloved characters.

  • What do you think of the marketing strategy to sell this CD only at Walmart and at the same time as Cyrus's new clothing line? If you like the album, will you be more likely to buy an outfit from Cyrus's clothing line?

  • Do you think Miley's music is moving beyond Disney? Does this album sound more grown-up? If so, why? Do you think the singer will gain more fans if she branches out form her Disney sitcom image?

Music details

  • Artist: Miley Cyrus
  • Release date: August 28, 2009
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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