What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that SPG is one of those corporately manufactured groups expressly designed to appeal to tweens. There's no objectionable content on the album, and despite the hit-you-over-the-head "diversity" and "uplifting" messages, the music and performances are pretty darn good.
What's the story?
The Slumber Party Girls consists of five 15- and 16-year-old girls recruited in an exhaustive nationwide talent search. Their press kit emphasizes their \"diversity\" -- and if that means a Puerto Rican/African American, a Mexican/El Salvadorian, a Memphis Southern belle, a Long Island Italian, and a Chinese/Japanese/Hawaiian/Filipina, all gorgeous and slim, then diversity was indeed achieved. Their debut CD, DANCE REVOLUTION, offers gently wholesome messages of self-esteem and girlfriend-power. \"Eavesdroppin',\" for example, promotes truthfulness and criticizes gossip. For pre-teen dance-party fun you could do a whole lot worse.
Is it any good?
Normally projects like this sound pretty lame, despite (or maybe because of) the heavy weight of good intentions. But the surprise here is that the Slumber Party Girls' CD is a lot of fun. The songs are clever and well-produced, and the singing is energetic and appealing. Arrangements allow the vocals to be heard loud and clear, and there even appears to be some fun-loving personal chemistry among the five young women, who gamely strut their diversity stuff on 15 hip-hop, R&B, dance, reggae, and rock-tinged pop confections.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between music groups put together by corporate executives and those that grow organically among neighborhood friends. Can you tell the difference in the finished product? Which would you rather be a part of?