Friends Forever

Common Sense Media says

Sprightly renditions may inspire sing-alongs.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This album about friendship includes the competitive "Anything You Can Do" and the conflicted "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off," but most children will recognize that both tunes are in good fun and not to be taken seriously.

Violence & scariness

The album is violence-free.

Sexy stuff

There are no sexual images.


None of the language is objectionable.


Several tunes are from movies and plays, but there are no commercial tie-ins.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are no references to drugs or alcohol.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD could inspire shy kids who are reluctant to sing along. Hearing someone close to their age who enjoys carrying a tune like Bannett and Lyn might be just the prompting they need to join in.

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What's the story?

The notion behind FRIENDS FOREVER probably sounded like a surefire winner: Take a baker's dozen favorite tunes about friendship, arrange them for youthful voices, and put two capable young singers in front of a microphone, backed by studio musicians, to deliver them. But the finished product may divide listeners. Purists who view new versions of old favorites with suspicion may find the renditions of \"Anything You Can Do,\" \"You've Got a Friend in Me,\" and \"Let's Call the Whole Thing Off\" cloying. But listeners who enjoy hearing kids belt out tunes will appreciate the sprightly arrangements and clear and controlled voices of singers Carrie Lyn and Michael Bannett, especially in \"Consider Yourself\" and \"You've Got A Friend.\"

Is it any good?


For reserved kids who don't often sing along, this CD might just have the youthful energy it takes to get them going. On the other hand, parents may need to keep an open mind, listening to new renditions of their old favorites.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's fun to hear others inspired and singing along to the tunes. Does it inspire the listener to also sing along or do you think most would prefer a purer version of the vocals?

Music details

Artists:Carrie Lyn, Michael Bannett
Release date:August 22, 2003
Label:Music for Little People
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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