Artist(s): Victoria Justice
Release Date: 06/12/2012
Edited Version Available: Yes
Parental Advisory: No
Other Choices: Victorious Soundtrack, Shake It Up: Break It Down, iCarly: iSoundtrack II: Music from and Inspired by the Hit TV Show
Common Sense Says: Short but spunky album from Nick show is fun for tweens.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that Victorious 2.0 is an abbreviated album (only seven songs) that features some hits from the popular Nick show, and is mostly about dancing and having fun. "Take a Hint" has some innuendo ("Get your hands off my hips ... Stop that staring at my -- Hey!)" and implied profanity ("I don't want to be a priss, I just try to be polite / But it always seems to bite me in the ---"). There's occasional attitude ("Shut Up and Dance") and snarky humor, but overall it's OK for tween fans of the show.
- Families can talk about what it takes to "make it in America." What does it take to be successful? How can you make your dreams come true?
- Would you buy this music if you weren't already a Victorious fan? What do you like best about the music here?
- Do you think Victoria Justice will continue to be popular when Victorious ends? How can tween idols grow up without alienating their fan base?
What's the story?
Victoria Justice and friends from the hit Nick show, Victorious, give fans just a little more to enjoy with the album VICTORIOUS 2.0 (MORE MUSIC FROM THE HIT TV SHOW), a short, seven-track compilation that features faves "Take a Hint," "Countdown," and the new "Make It in America." Parents might like the cover of the '80s hit "Don't You (Forget About Me)."
Is it any good?
Although some fans might be disappointed by the album's short length, the songs on it are a good mix of the humor, dance beats, and fun that make the show Victorious and its female star, Victoria Justice, a success. The country-pop "Make It in America" is a fresh break from the usual cookie-cutter synth-pop, and even shows that Justice's voice is well suited for another genre. "I Think You're Swell" (featuring Matt Bennett) is clever and cute, an acoustic track with charming lyrics like "I'll be the Jagger to your Richards, the Captain Kirk to your Picard ... You're more fun than Frisbee in the park and popping edamame." "Shut Up and Dance" is a typical dance mix, but it's catchy, with just enough attitude to make it appeal to tweens who get tired of sugary-sweet pop.
The Good Stuff
Messages: "Make it in America" is a song that celebrates dreaming big.
Educational Value: Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Role Models: Victoria Justice and friends are all about dancing and having a great time, sometimes with a little attitude and sass, but all in good fun.
What to watch out for
Violence & scariness: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: "Take a Hint" has some innuendo ("Get your hands off my hips ... Stop that staring at my -- Hey!)"
Language: "Take a Hint" has implied profanity ("I don't want to be a priss, I just try to be polite / But it always seems to bite me in the ---"). "Shut up" is repeated in "Shut Up and Dance."
Consumerism: Promotes Nick show, Victorious. Song "I Think You're Swell," mentions several celebrities and products -- from Oprah and Stedman and Carrie and Samantha, to Bobby and Whitney, the Spice Girls, and the Titanic.
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue