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This disc emphasizes the thrill of romance. Songs long for togetherness ("Let Me Be the One," "Walk Me Home") and compare missing a boy to a craving for "Candy." Several tracks model self-respect. On "Not Too Young," Moore turns away an older guy who seems to objectify her. She tells a boy spending too much time with his buddies to invest in their relationship ("Quit Breaking My Heart"). "What You Want" demands honesty and sincere friendship with lines such as, "Get real with how you feel or I’m out that door." Moore also seems to value her "innocence," though it may be a stretch to call it a stand for virginity ("So Real"). "Love You for Always" pledges devotion.
Even if the artist’s intentions are pure, a few phrases, such as "Take me all the way/Boy I want you to" ("Lock Me in Your Heart"), can carry sexual connotations.
Following in the heavily choreographed footsteps of peers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, Moore leans on bouncy, bubble-gum beats and radio-ready rhymes. Themes involving romantic restraint and self-respect give So Real something extra. But while this genre may not be candidly sexual, young pop stars wear adolescent infatuation like cheap lip gloss, leaving parents to help teens discern between giddy beguilement and genuine love. If you’re up to the task, this disc is a winner.