A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place star Selena Gomez is out to prove she can do more than act with FALLING DOWN, the first single off her full-length album Kiss & Tell. Following suit with peers like close friend Demi Lovato and Ashley Tisdale, Gomez uses her music to rail on a guy who's been bad to her, telling him that he'll be "falling down" without her -- and no one else besides her can help pick him back up. Though the lyrics themselves are clean enough, lacking explicit language and other adult references, the generally pessimistic tone of the song serves as yet another sad example of someone so young perpetuating such a cynical outlook on romantic relationships.
Is it any good?
In this song, Gomez copies both the negative lyrical message and the synth-pop musical formula that pervades much of the music now being released by young female singers. Unfortunately, her vocals aren't strong enough to distinguish the otherwise rote track from the rest of the pack. As a result, the single is just another one to throw on the growing pile of similar-sounding songs from today's teen pop stars.