Charice

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
Charice Music Poster Image
Super-sweet teen diva's debut is just right for tweens.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Staying strong, being responsible in relationships, and making a difference are all messages that pop up on the album. "If I wrote a note to God, I would speak what's in my soul, I'd ask for all the hate to be swept away, for love to overflow."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although on some songs Charice says she can't go on without a certain love interest, on others she's a strong and independent woman: "No, I don't depend on friends, 'cause they come and go, My belief in myself, is gonna carry me through, I hold my destiny, it depends on me, alone, alone."

Violence
Sex

There are only slight references to intimacy, such as "I'm tired of the nights without you by my side."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a safe album that doesn't cross into any iffy territory. Charice is a super-sweet teen idol-in-the-making, and she presents the characteristic squeaky-clean messages. Although many of the songs are about love and romance, things never get sexual, and even the tracks about heartbreak keep from becoming too needy or desperate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byejetton July 19, 2012

Great positive message!

I am a middle school PE teacher and I was looking for songs with good, clean lyrics. This fit the bill perfectly. I have read through all the lyrics and even th... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 20, 2010

gr8 album

gr8 album deff reccomend!!!! :)). my top 3 songs right hurr~~~~ 1. Did it 4 u 2. Thank You 3. in this song
Teen, 13 years old Written bymathgirlie July 28, 2010

Wonderful album!

This album is amazing! Charice has an amazing voice for someone so young! She could become the next Hayley Williams or even Xtina, if she trained her voice care... Continue reading

What's the story?

After Charice was through racking up clicks on YouTube as a viral sensation and wowing Oprah as one of the most talented kids in the world, she earned the distinction of being the first Asian artist to crack the Top 10 charts with her self-titled album. The lead single, "Pyramid," features reggae/hip-hop artist Iyaz, but Charice's music is firmly planted in mainstream pop, with David Foster producing and penning a track.

Is it any good?

There's no doubt that Charice has the pipes to compete in the big leagues of diva-dom. Her swirling vocals belie her young age, while her restraint keeps her from becoming a Mariah Carey-wannabe. Indeed, one of the best parts about Charice's music is her sincerity; whether she's singing about feeling alone or empowered about the future, this girl is definitely not phoning in the emotions. Tracks like "Pyramid," "Reset," and "Nobody's Singin' to Me" show off her youthful groove, and it's only when the purely-pop love songs string together that the energy begins to fade.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Charice's image compares to that of some racier stars, like Lady Gaga. Do you think they have anything in common? Who is more relatable? Who do you admire more?

  • Charice has been compared to Justin Bieber. Do you think that's a fair comparison? What do the two rising stars have in common? What makes a young singer into a "teen idol"? How are these tween stars being marketed to adolescents?

  • Talk about friends and peer pressure. "In This Song" is about finding your own way in life without the need for others. Do you think relying on friends can sometimes steer you in the wrong direction? Conversely, do you think it's wise to try to stand all alone without friends you know you can count on?

Music details

  • Artist: Charice
  • Release date: May 11, 2010
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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