Music review by
Tony Whittum, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Clean, processed, pretty pop for tweens and up.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 14 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

The songs about boys are quite dreamy and innocent.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is nary a hint of sexual innuendo here. And even though Vanessa is another attractive pop diva wannabe, the album, refreshingly, doesn't resort to overt sexual marketing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 26, 2009

good music but.........

great music. But Vanessa hugens isnt a good role model.
Adult Written bysingersmartguy17 April 9, 2008

Something CSM Missed...

This album is great for teens, but parents of kids may want to skip the song "Let Go." CSM forgot to mention that the song uses the word "hell.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bysweet_dancer_chic April 9, 2008


She's my role model, and she is so awesome when it comes to singing. I loved the most the song "Baby Come Back".
Teen, 14 years old Written byemily101998 May 21, 2011
An absolutely phenomenal album, definitely not a typical "disney" type artist. Every song is absolutely amazing, and the genre is not pop. Its mainly... Continue reading

What's the story?

Vanessa Hudgens has impressive credentials for one so young, including TV, theater, and films. Her most successful role so far was starring opposite Zac Efron in the Disney made-for-TV movie High School Musical. Hudgens' debut CD, V, is well positioned to win the approval of the tween+ girl market. Her 12 relatively simple, syrupy-sweet pop songs about boys, hanging out with friends, dancing, girl power, and the trials and tribulations of a very young life are delivered with the latest in slick, recycled, computer-programmed music and hip-hop beats.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately there are surprisingly few live musicians to be found on this album, but Vanessa Hudgens has a capable, if not overly original, voice. Hudgens is strong, steady, and comfortable in the midrange, as when she's singing the club/dance tune "Let's Dance" and the pop/rocker "Never Underestimate a Girl." Otherwise her voice can range from diminutive and mousy to downright shrill. As her voice and her musical talents mature, it would be nice to see Hudgens take more risks and produce something more original. Then as her audience matures, they won't leave her behind.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of someone like Vanessa Hudgens. Does she talk about what you talk about with your friends? Does she seem like someone you'd hang out with instead of someone too glamorous to be a regular teen? When she talks about boys and high school relationships, do you feel the same way she does? Why or why not? Do you think she's that way in real life, or does this have to do with selling her album? If you saw her in High School Musical, does she seem different than her character?

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