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
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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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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?

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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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Kid, 10 years old June 28, 2014
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11
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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 gothic Alice that shows in this series of songs, and there are few I have a problem with. Follow me Down is a song that I have studied very intently whilst I listened, and my conclusion is that how many times you listen to it depends on how much you like. For example: First time- This is upbeat •v• Second time- am beginning to doubt this...•_• Third Time- This guy's voice is annoying •/• Fourth time- I don't like this •^• You know what I mean? Probably not. I also have a few problems with 'Tea Party': even though I quite like this song, but the themes are a little dodgy- try and nibble my biscuits? I mean, that has two meanings but the sexual one is way too obvious to be on a children's album. She doesn't really swear, but comes close to it with 'fother mucka' the music stops, and you can hear her perfectly, just as she says it. This would be unacceptable, apart from the fact that it is a decent song, and a more clean one, compared to most songs we have now-a-days (I sound like an old lady all of a sudden...) There are plenty of songs I love, though. Alice by Avril is my personal favourite. No swearing, no sexual themes, just a good song for a person of any age. I also love Welcome to mystery and the Technicolor phase. I suggest you try these out, as these are the high points of the whole album. Of course, the album is not everybody's cup of tea (yes, sorry for the pun,) due to the emotional state of songs and mild sexual themes. Thanks for reading my review, Gothilocks
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Teen, 13 years old Written byKidquizine March 20, 2012
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12
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Almost Alice

danypeace10- it's pronounced "three oh three" I love that song "Follow Me Down" it's an awesome song. The song is really good however it gets annoying. The song "Alice" is also a good song me and my friends love that song!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byMerlinFan August 28, 2011
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12
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Dark Songs, Great CD

I really like this CD. I had to get it as soon as it came out! My favorite songs are "Alice", "Tea Party", "Strange", and "White Rabbit". I don't think it's inappropriate, just if your not 12, you won't understand the song's messages. They are quite dark, though, isn't that the point?

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