Elevate

Common Sense Media says

Clean love songs from boy band; OK choice for tweens.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Cover Girl" talks about the real beauty that lies "underneath your skin, the beauty that shines within," not what's seen in a magazine.

Positive role models

Clean, sex-free music from a boy band.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Nothing sexual, but songs about relationships, love, dating, and kissing.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The band has a TV show of the same name, Big Time Rush.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the boys of Big Time Rush are very popular already thanks to their hit self-titled show on Nickelodeon, not to mention popular songs that are often at the top of the iTunes charts. Their music is mostly about relationships, love, and dating, so there are mentions of kissing in a few tracks, but it's all clean and age-appropriate for tweens.

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What's the story?

ELEVATE is the sophomore album from the boy band who got their start and fame on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, which chronicles their "rise to stardom." The 13 tracks include the lead hit single, "If I Ruled the World," a song about self-acceptance and living life big. Most of the songs are about relationships, love, dating, and kissing.

Is it any good?

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The fluffy-haired foursome that makes up Big Time Rush have matured on their second album. The songs are crisper and  more contemporary, letting them show off their boy-band harmonies with beats that are catchy but perhaps a bit too synthesized. BTR sounds best and most authentic when they sing lyric-driven songs like "Cover Girl," but it's the poptastic beats that reign on this record. "Elevate" is an obvious stand out, and "You're Not Alone" is a sweet song about a best friend, but it's just more of the same.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of bands like Big Time Rush. What do you think makes them so popular?

  • The boys of Big Time Rush already have a popular TV show; do you think this automatically makes them likely to have musical success? If you already like a TV actor or TV show, does that make you want to buy more products that feature that person or group?

Music details

Artist:Big Time Rush
Release date:November 21, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byOGORMAN December 1, 2011
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Big Time Rush has another hit album on their hands! :)

This is another exciting album from Big Time Rush with songs that you can really dance to, or just jam out. Kids that watch the show, yes that includes 8 year olds, will enjoy listening to these guys latest album. It is true that in the song "Music Sounds Better with You" Kendall talks about not letting his heart "go through he**" but it's not used as cursing. They're not acting racy in the slightest, I mean come on! They are 21 years old and are at perfect liberty to be doing what they are doing: dancing and getting sweet kisses from girls. Before I go, I just want to know something: I looked through all of your reviews and I was wondering, is there anything you review that you actually like TinyToya??

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byTinyToya November 28, 2011
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18
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These Men are Really Trying to "Man" Up While Still Keeping Young Girl Fan Base...Not Good...

Watch "Music Sounds Better with You" on Youtube. That video to me does not say that an 8 year old should be watching it. The video makes you want to lust after these young men. They are hanging all over girls who simply smile and act "into it". One points to his cheek for a kiss, another leans in to a girl about to kiss her, ultimately they're truly acting racy. Furthermore, one of the lead singers says the world "he**" in this song. Is Nickelodeon crazy? I know he is not saying "what the he** or shut the he** up" but he still says: "Let this heart go through hell". He is not cursing, no, but would you want to hear your son or daughter or a young kid in general start singing and saying that? I know I wouldn't. These guys are usually so cookie cutter and decent. They are starting to try to make a name for themselves and I can see that they're moving in a much more mature direction. Be cautious, parents.

What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old Written bymusiccourtney13 December 4, 2011
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8
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Nothing really interesting

My opinion on BTR: they get annoying fast, and their music isn't really all that special or original. What really made me mad is that I'm pretty sure that they stole one of the songs ("No Idea") from a different band.

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