A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although this album has a modern pop/hip-hop sound, it doesn't include the explicit lyrics that often come along with this genre. The worst the album offers is a couple of s-bombs and mentions of drinking, as well as some dark messages about tough romantic times. Otherwise, the record is OK for older tweens and teens.
What's the story?
31 MINUTES TO TAKEOFF is the debut release from Mike Posner, a recent college grad looking to make his mark on the music scene. Creating music that's a mixture of pop and hip-hop with some rock and dance sounds thrown in, Posner spends most of his first album talking about his romantic troubles. Though there's no shortage of angst in these lyrics -- "I should have cheated on you, I was everything you wanted and more / I should have cheated on you, nobody told me I was dating a whore" -- they avoid the use of profanity or explicit descriptions to get their points across.
Is it any good?
Compared to debuts from uber-creative peers like B.o.B, 31 Minutes to Takeoff seems more middle-of-the-road -- with a sound that's catchy if not super imaginative. That said, the crisp beats combined with Posner's light vocal tone (think Maroon 5's Adam Levine doing hip-hop) will earn this album plenty of radio play.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the message in the song "Gone in September," where Posner talks about wanting to be dedicated to one girl yet having a wandering eye. Is it realistic to expect young adults to enter into very serious, committed relationships so early in life? Why or why not?
Though promiscuity isn't ideal at any age, should it be more acceptable for young adults to hang out with a few different people rather than have to spend time with only one? Why or why not?