A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this Glee album is yet another example of the way the TV show's soundtracks turn out slightly cleaner than the episodes themselves. The lyrics here are largely benign (aside from the single "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me," which has some suggestive lines about masturbation), though the episode and the original Rocky Horror script on which it's based both featured some more adult situations, including sex and violence.
What's the story?
Never a show to shy away from sensitive subjects, Glee goes after another one in its Rocky Horror Show episode, where the cast decides to perform a version of the classic, risque stage play and movie. This soundtrack features seven of the original tunes, including the fairly innocuous "Time Warp" and "Damn It, Janet," as well as more mature songs that deal with sex and sexuality, like "Sweet Transvestite" and "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me." Though a few of the more explicit lyrics were changed ("heavy petting" was changed to "heavy sweating," for instance), parents should know that letting their kids listen to this album may lead to questions about the general meaning behind the songs and, subsequently, discussions about sex and sexuality.
Is it any good?
The Glee cast once again puts their collectively strong vocals on display in this latest collection of songs from the show. Of course, Mercedes (Amber Riley) packs a powerful punch with her version of "Sweet Transvestite." "Time Warp" is another highlight, with the cast successfully capturing the eerie, anthem-like feel that made the original such a hit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Glee chooses to tackle sensitive topics like sexual orientation, and whether the show does a good job of representing these topics. Should a TV show be dealing with subjects like these? Why or why not?
Do you think this soundtrack is only for fans of the TV show, or it is good enough to stand on its own? Would you purchase the music if you weren't a fan of the series?
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