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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hello My Name Is... is Good Luck Charlie star Bridgit Mendler's debut solo album. Mendler is no stranger to the music business: She sings the theme song on Charlie and also starred and sang in the Disney movie Lemonade Mouth. The lyrics are clean, and there are no references to sex, drugs, or violence. The songs here are a little more grown-up than you might expect for a teen Disney star, with a few mature themes about love and breaking up, but overall it's fine for tweens.
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Is it any good?
In a surprising but refreshing twist on the usual bubblegum-blend that comes from Disney Channel stars, Bridgit Mendler sings with soul and a little hip-hop style on Hello My Name Is... The young star sings a bit beyond her years on songs like "All I See is Gold," "The Fall Song," and the heartfelt "Hold on for Dear Love," pushing her vocals to a depth that shows that this first album won't be her last. On "Ready or Not" and "Forgot to Laugh" Mendler shows her playful side by trying some pop-rapping, and she even demonstrates a little attitude with lyrics like "I promise you'll be on your knees if you leave." Still, it's her more soulful melodies that suit her voice the best, and are the ones that set her apart from the pack of teen Disney singers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the overall feel of the music here. Do you like it? What makes Mendler's music different from other pop music?
What song do you like the best? Why?
Mendler sings a song about being "Blond." How are blondes stereotyped? Have you ever been stereotyped or been guilty of judging someone else before getting to know them? How did it make you feel?
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