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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that in the Bratz universe, girls support their friends with acceptance and sisterhood, embracing individuality while watching out for one another -- and giving credit where credit is due. Fourteen bouncy tracks on this CD manage to promote these lofty ideals.
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What's the story?
The Bratz marketing machine rolls out the big guns with a movie, a DVD, and this CD featuring 14 positive, upbeat, and very well-performed songs for the 5- to 9-year-old dance-party set. The tracks are clean with clear, easy-to-understand lyrics promoting self-esteem, individuality, and girl power on songs with titles like \"We Can,\" \"It's A Girl Thing,\" \"One of a Kind,\" and \"Strong Enough.\" Unfortunately, the repetitive lyrics can border on silly sometimes: \"I'm all revved up…so c'mon/That's what I'm talkin' 'bout/Never gonna stop/1, 2, 3, 4/Turn it up a little more.\" On the other hand, these energetic songs can't help but inspire movement, and are perfect for a slumber-party soundtrack.
Is it any good?
Although it's a pleasure to hear well-performed songs using grown-up production standards on a kids' record, some parents may find the relentless dance grooves a little unsettling -- we're not supposed to train our daughters to be dance-club divas in the first grade, are we? Still, the songs are fresh and fun, delivered with talent and energy by…um…hmmm, no singers on the credits? Instead, there's a full-page ad for ringtones and other Bratz products.