Unbroken

Common Sense Media says

Former Disney star's post-rehab CD is honest yet optimistic.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Most messages are about the ups and downs of love, with songs like "Mistake" including a positive message about having the strength to walk away from a bad romance, and tracks such as "Hold Up" containing the opposite message about being "addicted" to someone and giving "anything you want."

Positive role models

For the most part, the role model behaviors represented here are positive -- with Lovato giving an honest account of real-life highs and lows.

Violence

Though it doesn't reference guns specifically, the song "Hold Up" uses a gun metaphor to describe having your heart stolen by someone.

Sex

A few references to kissing and the bedroom; for example, "I could see us makin' ways from the back of the club to a bed in the shade."

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The song "For the Love of a Daughter" mentions a father's drinking problem.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Unbroken is largely clean by objective standards: it features no profanity, only a few vague references to kissing and sex, and one mild track that likens having your heart stolen to a stick-up. That said, it's still a somewhat mature album in the sense that it alludes to the end of childhood innocence -- for example, "In real life, it doesn't always work out / People fall in love and then they fall out." The more emotionally mature overtone of the album puts it a bit beyond the reach of very young kids.

 

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

In her first album since completing treatment for physical and emotional issues, former Sonny with a Chance star Demi Lovato talks a lot about young love, yet she also touches on more "real life" subjects, like a father's abandonment of his family and his alcoholism and situations where romantic relationships end. It's a mature album in an emotional sense.

Is it any good?

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While Lovato runs strong out of the gate with an addictive kick-off track, "All Night Long" (featuring guest vocals by Missy Elliott and production by Timbaland), the rest of this album lapses into some more familiar synth-pop patterns. Still, she clearly sings her heart out here, making this collection of tunes pack more overall punch than releases from many of her peers. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the similarities and differences between this album and When the Sun Goes Down, from Lovato's fellow Disney star and friend, Selena Gomez. While Lovato underwent treatment for physical and emotional issues, Gomez has had a happier personal journey of late. How are these two realities reflected in the artists' music?

  • Was it brave of Lovato to share her struggles honestly, or do you feel it was too much information? Are young singers and celebrities required to be role models? Why or why not?

Music details

Artist:Demi Lovato
Release date:October 27, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 December 13, 2011
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Awesome R&B album is good for older tweens and teens

At first, I didn't know if it would really be the kind of R&B I like, but I decided to listen to it. I heard "Skyscraper" and upbeat songs and I thought it was good. Then I listened to some more later on and I decided that ---- I really like this album! Except, I don't know why she (or Selena in her recent album) talk about drinking when their not even old enough to it. (maybe it's different in Hollywood, but that's something different) I always thought she had a beautiful voice, but now in this album it improves even more. (Her voice is kind of like Christina Aguilera's!) Anyway, this album is really good. :-)
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old March 14, 2012
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great

the album is great, nuff said
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old December 21, 2011
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A Positive Post-Rehab Album

I love this album! I bought it just yesterday, and already I have favorite songs! Most of the messages are positive, such as that of "Skyscraper", "Give Your Heart a Break", and "Together". Others deal with young love and breakups ("My Love is Like a Star, "Hold Up", and "Mistake") "For The Love Of A Daughter" deals with a father's addiction to alcohol. "Who's That Boy" has the word "d**n". But, still, a good and positive album.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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