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"All the Way Around" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that unlike her family's reality show Living Lohan, Ali's single is appropriate for the whole family. While the theme of the song suggests a failed relationship, her vague verses aren't bitter and never even mention a boy. Unlike sister Lindsay's hit "Confessions of a Broken Heart," which directly tackles their father's abandonment, this song is general and abstract enough to be interpreted by kids of any age.
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What's the story?
This first studio single from Ali Lohan is a moody pop song about learning a lesson by going "all the way around" -- and realizing the answer you were looking for is right in front of you. It seems that Ali is alluding to her regrets about ending a relationship ("And these arms ache/and this soul is in pain/'Cuz I threw the best thing I ever had away"), but her open-ended lyrics leave it up to your imagination.
Is it any good?
While this song is undoubtedly catchy, the majority of it consists of the chorus repeated over and over and over. Maybe little Lohan ran out of things to say? To make matters worse, she very clearly misses a note in the chorus -- noticeable even to the tone deaf individuals of the world -- and after about the fourth or fifth time it becomes quite painful to hear. Minus this egregious mistake, however, her voice is kind of decent. This is a fun song to listen to once or twice, but make sure your kids don't talk you into putting it on repeat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Ali's exposure to the limelight through her sister Lindsay. Would her song have been popular if she didn't have a famous sibling? Do you think that Lindsay's past "divaesque" behavior will help or hinder Ali's success? Also, why do you think it's easier for the siblings of stars (Jamie Lynn Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Ali Lohan) to make it big? Is this trend fair?