"Touch My Body" (CD single)

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
"Touch My Body" (CD single) Music Poster Image
We know from the title what Mariah wants us to do.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

She comes across as a total narcissist.

Violence

Mariah threatens to "hunt you down" with dire (but unspecified) consequences if you put videos of your secret rendezvous up on YouTube, and we don't think she means a time-out.

Sex

A lot of heavy breathing around lyrics that urge the listener to "Let me wrap my thighs all around your waist/just a little taste...c'mon and give me what I deserve." The video shows Mariah in breast-baring, short outfits.

Language

A lot of suggestion, but no actual four-letter words.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is about predatory sex with a partner who can't be trusted enough not to be warned to keep videos of a tryst off YouTube. Although there are no four-letter words, the intention is crystal-clear and specific. The music video is all about Mariah's large chest and long legs, and shows her in revealing outfits.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Parent of a 9 year old Written bywillowfaierie July 29, 2009

Make your own video to replace it

The video contains Carey in breast-baring outfits. That's over kid's heads. For under 13, make your own music video.
Teen, 13 years old Written byG4L September 9, 2011

MARIAH

I think y'all are over-reacting, Mariah is AMAZING, and so is the song. And sex is human nature, get over it, we all will learn at some time in our lives.
Kid, 10 years old March 28, 2011

Not that good

The word "boo--es" could be used when she says a private spot or mabye some swearing like "butt"

What's the story?

Mariah Carey wants you to touch her body, but if you dare tell anyone -- or take secret photos and post them on YouTube or anything like that -- she'll hunt you down and make you really, really sorry. That's the gist of "Touch My Body," her new, very monotonous single, accompanied by provocative photos that (we presume) the artist has posted on YouTube and elsewhere herself.

Is it any good?

With repetitive lyrics over lackluster synthesized tracks, Mariah's considerable vocal chops take a backseat. It will be interesting (but maybe not that interesting) to hear the rest of her forthcoming CD, E=MC2, which is due out in April (check back soon for our review).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about pop stars changing their images. Why do they try to push the envelope with new releases when their past innocent albums were mega hits? Are they really "maturing" or do they just want to try something new? Families can also discuss getting to know someone before jumping into bed. If you really trusted your lover, you probably wouldn't have to threaten him or her to keep romantic details behind closed doors. Have you ever been embarrassed because someone shared information or photographs you thought were private?

Music details

  • Artist: Mariah Carey
  • Release date: February 12, 2008
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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