A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this soundtrack contains songs that promote friendship and self-esteem, in between some arrogant "me-me-me" posturing on "Rock Star" ("I'm incredible/so unforgettable/so no one can take my place/I'm unbreakable/highly flammable/so girl get out of my face"), "It's All About Me," and "Fabulous." True to form for the Bratz machine, there are two full pages of product ads in the CD insert.
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Those Bratz kids pull it off again on the new BRATZ live-action soundtrack, despite unimaginative songwriting and lackluster production. In between a full-tilt ego-fest ("Rock Star," "It's All About Me," and "Fabulous") are songs that won't stop until we all REALLY get that we're supposed to like ourselves, be nice to others, and accept our individuality. The message is mostly wholesome and positive, devoid of subtlety or humor, but rich in upbeat reinforcement for being a good friend.
Is it any good?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Bratz empire. Do you think it's effective to have Bratz movies, CDs, and DVDs all come out at the same time? Does bombardment with marketing and products make you more likely to buy or see anything Bratz related or is it too much? Families can also discuss the two or three songs on the album that come off as egocentric and clique-ish. Do you think they are meant to be taken at face value, or are they spoofs of self-absorbed people? Do you think they get the message across effectively?