When the Sun Goes Down



Slightly more mature content, but still OK for older tweens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several positive messages about loving yourself for who you are and approaching life with a carpe diem attitude.

Positive role models

Encourages acceptance of others -- no matter how they look or what they have -- and taking life by the horns.

Not applicable

A little kissing.


"Damn" a few times.


Mentions the iPhone.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of very mild lyrics about "raising a glass" and "bubbly."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that When the Sun Goes Down is another largely clean release from Disney singer/actress Selena Gomez. The album is just a hair more mature than her previous releases, featuring a couple of very muted references to drinking (for example, "raise a glass"), mild partying, and kissing. But with its positive messages about having self-esteem and grabbing life by the tail, the CD is a generally good choice for tweens and teens.

What's the story?

The third full-length CD from Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez, WHEN THE SUN GOES DOWN is a collection of 12 songs that revolve largely around two common young adult themes: romance and taking the world by storm. It's completely void of profanity and violence and features only a few very mild lines about "raising a glass" and kissing. Considering the lack of questionable content and positive messages about self-esteem ("When it comes to me, I wouldn't want to be anybody else / I'm no beauty queen, I'm just beautiful me"), the record is a great choice for tweens and teens alike.

Is it any good?


Some things get better with age -- like Selena Gomez. Stronger, more mature vocals and more creative beats characterize this step forward for Gomez, who's clearly making a (good) attempt to break free of the synth-pop crowd and strike out with a more adult sound.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what happens when young stars like Gomez begin to grow up and the different paths that they take.

  • How does this mostly clean record differ from albums by some of Gomez's Disney peers, like Miley Cyrus?

  • What advice would you offer to famous child stars like Gomez and Cyrus as they strive to reinvent their careers as adults?

Music details

Artist:Selena Gomez
Release date:June 28, 2011
Label:Hollywood Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymysteryme July 20, 2011

Good but...

~ A lot of people are excepting and ignoring that she cursed in her album. But that's NOT ok with me!! I get that she wants her music to grow up. And I'll admit that the themes of her album are definitly more grown up. But adding cursing to a song does not make it grown up! Think about it! ~ All cursing aside, I would have given this album 4 stars. While the songs themselves have good beats and fun, sometimes positive lyrics, her voice sounded terrible in some of them! I know she's capable of so much more. Take her song A Year Without Rain, for example. No auto-tune and she sounded beautiful! ~ All in all, this album is for older fans because of the more mature topics and some language. Also, I would love to give this album 5 stars, but the auto-tune got it 4, and the cursing got it 3. ~ I'm going to listen to Selena a little longer, see what she does. If she continues to "Grow up" like many Disney stars before her, then... =(
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Parent of a 6, 15, 15, and 17 year old Written by79awesome August 29, 2013

worst album

I listened to this album when my 12 year-old daughter told me about it. I was shocked that a Disney star would sing about drinking and say d!mm two times in her album.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 11 years old August 14, 2012

Good Party Music

there are interesting beats and instruments in this album, but selena has WAY too much autotune. she doesn't have a very strong voice...
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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