Hello & Goodbye

Common Sense Media says

Squeaky-clean Christian pop from Radio Disney.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Overall positive messages about living life: "I don't worry about the little things in life…'cuz they can't hold me down" and "The mountain that's in front of me seems like a little stone." The CD also has some Christian themes: "Oh Jesus, I surrender…I will ever love and trust him."

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

No obvious product placement (CD packaging not available for review).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the new Jump5 CD is squeaky clean, with some unambiguously Christian-themed songs and lyrics. Kids of all faiths may be asking for this CD after hearing it in heavy rotation on Radio Disney.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Take four cute, talented young singers, and add synthesizer overkill and overdo the EQ. Then find some vaguely (or not so vaguely) Christian-themed songs, get a ton of airplay on Radio Disney, and you've got Jump5 -- but not for much longer. Fans will be disheartened to hear that this is the group's last CD, as Brittany, Brandon, Lesley, and Chris have announced that it's time to move on to other projects. Let's wish these nice kids the best of luck, and let's hope that they're lucky enough to find some better-written material. Meanwhile, a high point of HELLO & GOODBYE is an exquisite a capella version of \"The Star Spangled Banner,\" featuring gorgeous harmonies and (perhaps not a coincidence) the absence of synthesizers.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The new Jump5 CD is squeaky clean, with some unambiguously Christian-themed songs and lyrics ("Oh Jesus, I surrender…at His feet I bow"). The tunes tend toward being mediocre with drippy arrangements. Perhaps it really is time for these spunky kids to move on to projects that make better use of their talents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Christian music. Is it accessible to non-religious people or people of other faiths? Do you think that Jump5's music speaks to everyone, or only to kids in Christian families? Great gospel music can be powerful, inspirational, and uplifting. Do you think Jump5 falls into this category?

Music details

Artist:Jump5
Release date:October 9, 2007
Label:Slanted
Genre:Christian Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Families can talk about Christian music. Is it accessible to non-religious people or people of other faiths? Do you think that Jump5's music speaks to everyone, or only to kids in Christian families? Great gospel music can be powerful, inspirational, and uplifting. Do you think Jump5 falls into this category?
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Too much consumerism

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