A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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?