Unbroken

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Former Disney star's post-rehab CD is honest yet optimistic.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

 

User Reviews

Adult Written byParamayerswift May 26, 2012

Demi's not only better...She's "COOL" too.

While Demi wants to send a positive message about loving who you are, it's unsuccessful. Lovato's completely changed her image, music and style for th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 December 13, 2011

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 song... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 14, 2012

great

the album is great, nuff said

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?

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. 

Talk to your kids 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?

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