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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the boys of Big Time Rush are very popular already thanks to their hit self-titled show on Nickelodeon, not to mention popular songs that are often at the top of the iTunes charts. Their music is mostly about relationships, love, and dating, so there are mentions of kissing in a few tracks, but it's all clean and age-appropriate for tweens.
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What's the story?
ELEVATE is the sophomore album from the boy band who got their start and fame on the Nickelodeon show Big Time Rush, which chronicles their "rise to stardom." The 13 tracks include the lead hit single, "If I Ruled the World," a song about self-acceptance and living life big. Most of the songs are about relationships, love, dating, and kissing.
Is it any good?
The fluffy-haired foursome that makes up Big Time Rush have matured on their second album. The songs are crisper and more contemporary, letting them show off their boy-band harmonies with beats that are catchy but perhaps a bit too synthesized. BTR sounds best and most authentic when they sing lyric-driven songs like "Cover Girl," but it's the poptastic beats that reign on this record. "Elevate" is an obvious stand out, and "You're Not Alone" is a sweet song about a best friend, but it's just more of the same.
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Families can talk about the appeal of bands like Big Time Rush. What do you think makes them so popular?
The boys of Big Time Rush already have a popular TV show; do you think this automatically makes them likely to have musical success? If you already like a TV actor or TV show, does that make you want to buy more products that feature that person or group?
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