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 soundtrack represents more of the same wholesome messages from Miley Cyrus and her guest artists. Even in songs like "The Good Life" that deal with fame and its spoils, the story arc always comes back to appreciating good fortune: "This is the good life / Take a good look … / Take it slow."
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What's the story?
These days, tween idol Miley Cyrus needs little introduction. The early release of this movie soundtrack will appease the legions of young fans who are hotly anticipating the movie itself, Hannah Montana: The Movie, which is based on her TV show. While most of the songs on the CD belong to Cyrus, she peppers the record with tunes from other artists like her teen country counterpart, Taylor Swift, as well as Rascal Flatts, Steve Rushton, and even her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus. Despite the different artists, a common thread runs throughout all of these tracks -- integrity and clean living. On "Let's Do This," for instance, Cyrus sings about owing her fans a good performance: "You came a long way to be with us / You paid good money to see a show / So let's get ready 'cause here we go." And on "You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home," she discusses staying grounded: "You can change your hair and you can change your clothes … / But you'll always find your way back home."
Is it any good?
Compared to her earlier hits, Cyrus doesn't show any great leaps of creativity or skill in these songs. In terms of her own tunes on the album, her vocals remain solid, and her overall sound stays true to the synth-pop formula she's already established -- which will undoubtedly thrill her devotees. However, the tracks from her guest artists share a distinctly country flavor, since, with the exception of Steve Rushton, these artists all fall squarely in the country camp. As a result, some of the tracks may sound too twang-y for pop music fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Parents can talk about Celebrity Role Models and the affect they have on kids. You can also discuss how stardom may affect a teenager like Miley Cyrus. What are some of the challenges that a teen in the public spotlight might face? Do you think Miley may still go through hard times despite her successful career?