A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the founding members of this band are dancers on the hit television show Dancing With the Stars. Like the show, the album is all about high-energy dance grooves -- with a little sexiness, too.
What's the story?
Derek Hough and Mark Ballas are best known for their winning dance moves on the perennial favorite, Dancing with the Stars. But what you might not know about these dancing boys is that they have also been making music together for the past ten years. Now the duo, along with their bandmates have released a debut album titled simply BHB. The collection of 11 songs are all packed with powerful beats and pop themes, aimed at inspiring some fancy footwork.
Is it any good?
The album opens strong with a unique 80's pop sound reminiscent of The Cars and even male/female groups like ABBA and Ace of Base. But midway through, it flounders with forgettable pop tracks packed to the brim with platitudes and pulsing beats. Ballas and Hough both present strong voices that are very compatible with keyboardist Emily Grace's accompanying vocals -- a sound they'd do well to focus on.
Most of the songs are about some sort of love drama, whether it's longing for a girl or being wronged by a lover. There's more sentiment than sex to most of the tracks, so if the ballroom reality show is OK for your kids, this CD will be as well.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about capitalizing on fame. Do you think this album would be getting attention some of the members weren't famous television dancers? Although the band has been together for a number of years and Ballas and Hough have been musicians before there even was a show called Dancing with the Stars, do you think the television notoriety will help this album?