Almost Alice

Common Sense Media says

Soundtrack is a bit darker than the Tim Burton movie.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Though there’s nothing too serious here, most of these artists describe the darker side of Alice’s emotions. For instance, in “Where’s My Angel,” Metro Station discusses a “break down … I can see you're upset, so high, but I couldn't help it … I wish I could just forget you.”

 

Positive role models

The majority of the artists featured on this soundtrack are known for pretty clean living.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few mentions of substance use; for example, Shinedown’s “Her Name is Alice” talks about “the girl that chased the rabbit drank the wine and took the pill.”

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie soundtrack includes songs whose lyrics are on the darker side, exploring the complex emotions related to being a young adult. That said, the lyrics are free of swearing, and aside from a couple of references to drinking wine and “taking a pill,” they also largely avoid adult content. 

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Kids say

What's the story?

3OH!3, Shinedown, Tokio Hotel, The All-American Rejects: these are only a handful of the hot young artists featured on ALMOST ALICE, the soundtrack to Tim Burton’s new movie version of Alice in Wonderland. Just as Burton’s film gives a fresh perspective on this classic tale, the soundtrack also takes a modern approach, adding current alt-rock and pop tones to lyrics that describe the story. While these lyrics include a mere hint of substance use and are somewhat dark on the whole, they’re largely innocuous -- avoiding bad language, sexual references, and discussions of hardcore substances.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Though none of the performances on Almost Alice could be considered earth-shattering, they make for a solid overall alt-rock album. Low points include Avril Lavigne’s “Alice,” which makes the singer sound downright whiny, and the remake by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals of Jefferson Airplane’s classic “White Rabbit,” which has nowhere near the impact of the original. However, the album is redeemed by tracks like Owl City’s lovely “The Technicolor Phase” and the smooth “In Transit,” a collaboration between Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the differences and similarities between the classic and modern versions of Alice in Wonderland. What are the core messages in the original tale that still remain in the new movie?

  • How does the music add to the movie's mood? Would the album work if it had a more pop feel?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:March 2, 2010
Label:Walt Disney Records
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymangafreak327 March 18, 2010
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11
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Avril is anything but whiny. Hot Topic CD version is different.

First of all, I must make a correction to what was said in the review by commonsense. Avril Lavigne's song "Alice" is one of the best on the CD. It could have gone without the Owl City song, that's not even real music, that's a computer. Now that I have that out of the way, let's talk about the different versions of the CD. If you buy the CD on iTunes, yes it's perfectly acceptable for any age, aside from drug+alcohol references. The Hot Topic version of the CD (which is what I bought) has one song on it that pushes it a little, which is "Sea What We Seas" by Never Shout Never. He's a fantastic artist, but he likes to swear. He says 'Life is just a melody so why don't all the p*ssy people come along and sing it with me." and sings it repeatedly about 10 or so times. But other than that, it's a great song.
Teen, 14 years old Written byEspumaMarina September 14, 2010
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Good Songs, but make me feel more suicidal...

I like it, although when I listen to it at school I get extremely depressed.. (those are the only songs on my MP3 anyway because the blasted thing deleted the rest of the songs) Some songs are pretty good, some songs I wonder if the artists even know they stink (no offence) Avril Lavine was really good, the TeaParty songs okay, sorta. "Where's my Angel" is a song I like, but concerns me. It sort of has a good rythem, but it has a whole suicidal refrence "Where's my angel.. go on and take my life" and "This will be the last dance"- "I need someone here tonight" its pretty depressing. I like that one song take me down, it seems to be much more cheerful. The rest down me, I like it, but like I said, it makes me feel gray, although it might not for others. Then again I'm too sensitive and have some sort of emotional problem, but I digress. I'd suggest kids maybe 12 and over, I know thats extreme, I'm just saying thats MY way, because If I had young kids, I'd try to fill their lives with cheerful things for awhile because that was something I lacked many times growing up. (Getting off the subject, sorry)
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great role models
Parent of a 10 year old Written bySofiasDad July 16, 2010
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Questionable lyrics on "Tea Party" song

I too disagree with the commonsense review, both my 10 year old daughter and I think the best song on the CD is Avril Lavigne's song "Alice". My daughter's other favorites are "Follow Me Down" and "Tea Party". My inspiration to write this review, was to warn about annoying lyrics in the Kerli song "Tea Party". On first listen I deemed the album 'not over the line', but giving the song "Tea Party" a real listen I find the lyrics, while not crossing the line, are annoyingly and unnecessarily close to it. Lines like "Just try and nibble on my biscuits" - OK, kind of funny double meaning. But then, "Let's be non commissional, Got my elbows down, pinkies up, that's the way you sip my cup" - not so funny, parent radar alert. Then finally, "fatha mucka, try to show some class" - now wait right there. I know she REALLY didn't say it, but does the music have to stop right as she says it, so it's as clear as day what it sounds like she's saying?. The review says "Language: Not An Issue". All in all, that's not enough for me to discourage hearing the CD, I like a few songs myself. But compared to that song, the Grace Potter cover of Grace Slick's "White Rabbit" even with its sneaky 60s drug references seems tame, at least it has real Alice references. Maybe that's all I'm looking for, if your going to write the song like that, be sneaky or clever about it.

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