Everlife

 
Well-performed earnest Disney pop for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages (verging on preachy) about self-esteem and sticking up for what you know is right. There are lyrics about Christianity in two of the songs ("Let heaven open the skies/Pour upon you the reason to live your life without any doubt...A message to your Maker...are you lookin' for a Savior?").

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some sappy love stuff; nothing explicit ("What a perfect surprise/You greet me with a kiss").

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Not an issue.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the three young Ross sisters who are Everlife (part of the Disney family) -- seem intent on delivering a message of wholesome self-acceptance, often at the expense of good songwriting. Although this album is filled with positive messages for younger tweens, parents and older siblings are likely to grow impatient with the band's nonstop earnestness and lack of wit or subtlety. There are also some Christian references in two songs.

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What's the story?

Families with dials preset to Radio Disney are sure to be familiar with Everlife, the pop sensation made up of three young sisters whose strong voices and wholesome values will get parental approval. By far the best tracks on EVERLIFE are the girls' covers of "What I Like About You" and "Real Wild Child," irresistible because they get to drop the preaching for a minute and have a little fun.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Dealing with familiar themes -- being yourself ("Daring to be different/to scream yes, yeah I'm awake/I will not break"), not being allowed to be yourself ("Made me someone I don't wanna be…like a picture nobody sees"), good love ("A dozen roses arrive/what a perfect surprise/you greet me with a kiss/I could get used to this"), and bad love ("Can you feel it breaking into pieces underneath; good intentions fall and there's nowhere to hide") -- Amber, Sarah, and Julia Ross gamely apply their exceptional vocal abilities to very ho-hum, but family-safe material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how bands associated with Disney become so popular. How does Disney promote its bands? Do you think it's subtle? Families can also talk about being in a band with your siblings. If your bratty little brother could play bass, would you invite him to play music with you? Do you think you and your siblings have the talent and discipline it takes to become a performing band?

Music details

Artist:Everlife
Release date:February 20, 2007
Label:Buena Vista
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byjakek6 August 24, 2009
age 9+
 

All ages.

This album is amazing. Thats all im gonna say. I know these people too :) great people.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written bymemydaughterlik... April 9, 2008
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