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 over-sexualized Dolls are back with more gender stereotyped pop music. The main offenses the girls make this time around include making sexiness into a competition and having high ambitions for their desirability factor. It seems the Dolls' priorities are all about being famous, looking sexy, and dating hot guys. One song, "In Person," talks about exacting revenge on unfaithful men by hurting their possessions and hurting them physically.
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What's the story?
After a brief break, the Pussycat Dolls are back with a new album. DOLL DOMINATION includes the hit single "When I Grow Up" and features a full album of 16 tracks that cover everything from hook-ups to break-ups. The Dolls also dedicate several songs to showing off their sexy images and bragging about their appearances.
Is it any good?
The song "Whatchamacallit" could symbolize this album, since The Pussycat Dolls are very much like the popular candy bar: a guilty pleasure you know isn't any good for you, but still enjoy as a fun indulgence. These girls are pros of party music, and for the majority of the songs on this LP, they sound exactly like shallow party people. "When I grow up, I wanna be famous, I wanna be a star...I wanna have groupies, the number one chick on the scene."
Luckily on the ballads there are signs of more intelligent life. "I Hate This Part" and "No Happy Ending" both show a softer, sentimental side, and for once a refreshing sense of vulnerability. But once the thumping club beats kick in again, the dominating divas revert back to their one-dimensional personas.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how these singers present themselves. They seem to be trying to portray strong, sexually confident females. Do you think this is how they are viewed by audiences, or are they seen more as sex objects? How are they the same or different from other female pop groups? Do you think these groups need overt sexiness to sell music?
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