90210 Soundtrack

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Mixed bag of rock and pop; not quite as edgy as the TV show.

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

Positive Messages

Songs about bad relationships, one-sided relationships.

Violence

The song "Soldier" just implies fighting for a cause or social order, but nothing graphic or overly violent. One song says, "I got my finger on the trigger and I want to pull it," but the reference is more in relation to dancing or "going for it."

Sex

Some innuendo, but nothing explicit. "I'm a bad girl, I know what you like, just for tonight."

Language

"S---t" a few times, "bulls--t" once, "whore," "f---ing" twice.

Consumerism

Promotes TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Dreamlike song "Valium" discusses the usage of the drug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that just as the TV show  is sexier, juicier, and meaner than its predecessor, the music is too. (You won't find Paula Abdul on this soundtrack.) There's some iffy language, minor innuendo, and a song titled "Valium" that might make the drug sound cool, but if your kids are already watching the show, listening to the soundtrack probably won't be a big deal.

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What's the story?

The 90210 SOUNDTRACK was produced exclusively for the hit TV series, featuring 14 new tracks for the show's 2009-2010 season. The album features songs from Adele and The Raconteurs, N.E.R.D., Owl City, The All-American Rejects, Darrelle London, Jet, and MuteMath, among others. The soundtrack is a mix of pop, garage rock, folk rock, and techno-funk, and will have fans pumped and primed for the latest drama from the teens at West Beverly. There's a thirty-second snippet of the show's theme, the 2009 remix.

Is it any good?

Although fans of the show will buy this CD because of its association with the program, others may find themselves checking it out for the collaborative track between Adele and Jack White and The Raconteurs. There are some tunes to write home about; "Soldier" is definitley catchy and club-heavy, and Jet's "One-Hipster One Bullit" is refreshing with its classic rock rant about hipsters. "A Perfect Tourniquet" is surprisingly endearing, and London's "Understand" is unique. MuteMath (Twilight Soundtrack) mellows on "Valium," but the rest of the songs are borderline lame in their lyrics; for example, "Sunburn" offers the cringe-worthy line: "Playing on the beach, we'd live and learn...but she got a tan and I got a sunburn." Overall, this is a mixed bag musically, but teens will find a few good songs to make it worthwhile.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about role models. Young fans, girls in particular, can be influenced by pretty, sharp-dressed female characters such as Naomi on 90210. Do you think her character is a good role model?

  • Discuss soundtracks. What is the purpose of this soundtrack? Does it make you want to watch the TV show? Would you buy these songs if they weren't associated with a TV show? Does being associated with these bands make the show cooler?

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