American Juniors

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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Peppy intro to pop music, via classic covers.

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

Positive Messages

Vague clichés about partying and relationships are everywhere.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

None, other than whatever kids can deduce from love songs about holding each other, etc.

Language

Nothing bad.

Consumerism

Pretty minor, beyond a quick Hummer reference.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing specific.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is another plastic product of the American Idol craze. Specifically, it's a group of talented and cute young singers, ages 6 to 13, created by ABC television and pushed hard by sister company Disney on Radio Disney. Is it wholesome? You bet. There's nothing obviously offensive on this CD, except, perhaps, the entire concept of using these kids to churn out disposable music that's making someone a bunch of money. Nonetheless, for kids and tweens, the CD is a peppy introduction to wholesome pop music, via classic cover songs.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written bygp811 April 9, 2008

Excellent CD

Just to clarify things, the "American Juniors" show was on FOX, not ABC. Therefore, the American Juniors have no affiliation with Disney, so whatever... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bydancer917 April 9, 2008

I LOVE AMERICAN JUNIORS AND THIS CD IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!

Well, The American Juniors are back and better than ever!!! They sound great on this CD. They're voices have all gotten a lot stronger since their 1st CD.... Continue reading

What's the story?

The kids on AMERICAN JUNIORS can sing, to be sure, even if they're merely following in the faux-soul footsteps of pop princesses like Christina Aguilera. The content is harmlessly lite, though it may be a bit much for adults hearing elementary school kids singing clichés about lost love and wanting to be \"back in your arms where I belong.\" This CD isn't a bad way to introduce your kids to safe pop music -- at least it's the kids doing the singing. And so what if the cover of Cyndi Lauper's \"True Colors\" sounds like a television commercial? The vocal production is decent, much better than the synth-heavy music.

Is it any good?

Content is safe on the album, but don't look for anything resembling depth. Lyrics are pretty indicative of star-crossed culture; for example, they tackle paparazzi and driving to parties in a Hummer in "No Matta What (Party All Night Long)." But why have a 6-year-old singing about partying all night long? It's not in-your-face offensive, but just seems weird. The best song is a cover of the Jackson 5's "ABC," which landed the group in the Top 30 at Radio Disney, for what's it's worth.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about materialism and the media. How does the media try to manipulate young people into becoming consumers?

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