Almost Alice

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Soundtrack is a bit darker than the Tim Burton movie.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this music.

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 & representations

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

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
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.”

What 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. 

User Reviews

Parent of a 10 year old Written bySofiasDad July 16, 2010

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...
Kid, 10 years old June 28, 2014

Welcome to mystery ♥

A fantastic collection of songs for fans, but shows feelings that you don't get from Alice's innocently curious personality. I love the slightly more...
Teen, 13 years old Written bymangafreak327 March 18, 2010

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....

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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