Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Soundtrack

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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High-pitched tunes are back with mostly kid-friendly songs.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 22 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Most songs promote positive ideals, like the importance of family, love, and just plain old having fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

On a few songs the female Chipettes stand up for themselves in the face of negative relationships.

Sexy Stuff

"Hot 'n Cold" includes the line "we kiss, we make up," while on "Single Ladies" the Chipettes sing "I'm up on him, he up on me...I got gloss on my lips, a man on my hips." "I Gotta Feeling" finds the chipmunks singing "look at her dancing, just take it off."

Consumerism

The soundtrack promotes the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Unspecified drinks in cups are mentioned on "Single Ladies" and "I Gotta Feeling."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Chipmunks sing a whole new set of pop songs that are all fairly age-appropriate for kids, although there are a few references and moments that parents should note. For example, the Beyonce hit "Single Ladies" discusses dancing seductively with men, and the Black Eyes Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" is all about going to the clubs to party. These songs don't have an excess amount of inappropriate content, though, and everything stays clean. "Hot 'n Cold," for instance, has its lyrics cleaned up, with the word "bitch" replaced by "girl."

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Parent of a 8 and 8-year-old Written byUFLASBHDLJN January 18, 2010
i love it!
Parent Written by1elysium January 11, 2010

ANOTHER childrens movie with the "males privates smashed" tasteless joke!

Yes I agree with most of the other reviews... too much product, gyrating hips, Alvin being the most popular chipmunk but yet is basically a bad kid (selfish, do... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheOneGurlUKno October 5, 2011

The Truth About This Soundtrack

This soundtrack is awesome! But it's also another thing you're gonna argue on Twitter with some bone-head about. Some of the lyrics aren't that a... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 21, 2010

HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What's the story?

ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE SQUEAKQUEL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK revisits the shtick that has made the musical rodents a household name for over 50 years. That means plenty of ultra-high-pitch singing and reinterpretations of popular tunes. This 2009 holiday release movie sees the introduction of the Chipettes, a trio of female singing chipmunks that rival the Alvin and the boys. These little ladies get numerous tracks on this album, which includes pop hits like "No One," Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and "Put Your Records On" from Taylor Swift. But it's not all contemporary hits, as oldies like "Stayin' Alive" and "We are Family" also get the Chipmunk treatment.

Is it any good?

The inclusion of the Chipettes raises the high-pitch bar even further on this album, to the point where if their voices were engineered any higher, the songs would only be audible to dogs. But this album does its job, putting the Chipmunks' unmistakable squeak in oddly funny contexts, singing fast-paced tracks with pounding beats that offer an instant dance party to receptive kid ears. Some infectious pop songs that kids might have missed get cleaned up and appropriately tailored to their level. Though it might surprise some, tracks like "Stayin' Alive," "No One," and "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" work especially well with the Chipmunk sound.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about popular music that has some adult themes. What do you think about songs that everyone is listening to that feature content that might not be so appropriate for your age? Can you think of any pop songs that you know the words to which include references to drinking, partying, or sexual situations?

  • Talk about the Chipmunks' secret to success. How creative and entertaining do you think it is to listen to familiar songs that are sung in really high-pitched voices? Is it annoying or funny? Why do you think the Chipmunks have managed to remain popular for so many years?

  • Discuss how this soundtrack helps market the Chipmunks movie and vice versa. Do you think soundtracks make you want to see the movie more? After watching a movie, do you often buy the soundtrack? Why is that?

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