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"Dog Days Are Over" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this this single is a super-clean song with a fairly positive message, especially for an alt-rock tune (many of which are moody and brooding). There's no swearing or adult content here, just some inoffensive lyrics about not running away from happiness when you find it -- making this track a solid choice for young tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
DOG DAYS ARE OVER is the second single off the album Lungs by British alt-rocker Florence Welch, who records under the name Florence and the Machine. After the track received some additional exposure in the trailer for the movie Eat Pray Love, the video was nominated for several MTV Video Awards. Both the song and the video are squeaky clean, containing no graphic language or adult content; instead, both focus on not running away from happiness when you find it: "Happiness hit her like a train on a track / Coming towards her, stuck still, no turning back / She hid around corners and she hid under beds / She killed it with kisses and from it she fled."
Is it any good?
Florence Welch's music has been called a cross between a rock and bluesy soul, and "Dog Days Are Over" is a good example. Flo delivers her deep, power-vocals against an upbeat backdrop of soulful clapping, drum beats, and piano riffs. The combination is positively addictive -- as is the trippy video, which features Flo in dreamy, fantasy-like white makeup singing the song while a cast of characters (from a gospel choir to a little girl beating a bass drum) accompanies her.
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For kids who love to rock
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