A lot or a little?
Parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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