When the Sun Goes Down

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Slightly more mature content, but still OK for older tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 16 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Positive Role Models & Representations

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


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."

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykawaiianimekitty123 August 8, 2019

Fine for tween Disney fans

Just "damn" mentioned 3 times. Little mentions of kissing here and there. Mostly G-rated.
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 he... Continue reading
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...
Kid, 12 years old May 28, 2012

She can really sing!

Wow! Realiy good clean CD:) Everyone 10 and up should buy this CD:)
Like it a lot:)

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Hollywood Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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