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Don't Talk, Just Listen
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 R&B brother quintet is played on heavy rotation on Radio Disney. Mixed with R&B and light rap (think a harder Boyz II Men on some tracks), at first listen the music may sound a bit mature, but the content is clean enough for tweens to groove to. There are, however, a few lines that you probably wish you could fast forward: "Never been known as a player (player)/but ain't nobody gonna say (that I ain't had my share)," "Wanna be the one to freak you right," and "Cars, house, cash, you see/all expensive jewelry/I got it you can grab it," but in the grand scheme of scary music, this band is nothing to worry about.
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What's the story?
Tween girls (and smooth-talking boys) will be running out to buy this album. And it's not really for the music: It's all about image. B5, the group made up of the five Breeding brothers, are good-looking tweens and teens who have cool outfits to boot. We've seen it before (Boyz II Men, Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, etc.), but it's been a while since tweens had a R&B/soul/rap boy band to swoon over.
Is it any good?
As far as the music itself, it's unimaginative ("You're so special girl, to me/and you'll always be, eternally") and actually not all that good (the boys' voices crack on a few tracks and their harmonizing isn't stellar), but tech-savvy tweens will relate to their lyrics about checking voicemail, texting, and emailing. They also tend to keep it relatively clean and harmless -- just a lot of "girl I wanna be with you" and "don't you know I'm the guy for you." Now that's something parents can swoon over.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how young artists create an image for themselves. Is it enough to just put out an album? Why do bands feel the need to dress a certain way and invent an image? Families can also talk about how R&B singers can be cool without relying on sex, violence, and profanity.