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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Bang Bang Bang" is a slightly edgy tune for the normally squeaky-clean Selena Gomez -- including some allusions to physical pain when describing what she hopes will happen to the guy who has done her wrong. While it's still a far cry from explicit, the tune is just a bit more mature than Gomez's previous bubblegum tunes, putting it a little out of the league of young tweens.
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What's the story?
"BANG BANG BANG," a single from Selena Gomez's second album, When the Sun Goes Down, deals with a familiar adolescent theme: a broken heart following a failed romance. Gomez describes how she has found another guy who's better than the last in every way, then proceeds to wish her former boyfriend ill in the future: "I hope you slip and fall and trip all over my heart and just lay there alone ... On your hands and knees, grasping for air, grasping for me." Though there's no profanity or other mature content, the somewhat darker tone of this single is too mature for younger kids.
Is it any good?
In this electro-infused single, Gomez unabashedly rips off La Roux's "Bulletproof" -- but at least she's breaking out of the synth-pop box that's captured most of her peers. Gomez's smoky vocals are also a departure from the less mature songs of her past, another sign that she's growing up.
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