A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though this song includes nothing in the way of graphic language or mature themes, it's not an overwhelmingly positive tune, either, chronicling the back-and-forth of a difficult relationship that has generated many painful feelings.
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What's the story?
This is the first track off the second album (which shares the same name as the song) from Demi Lovato, star of Camp Rock and Sonny with a Chance. It's a fitting song title, since the tune covers the same love-sick territory as so many of the tracks on Lovato's debut record, Don't Forget. Here, we find the young star describing how she can't let go of the object of her affections -- even though she knows the guy is no good for her: "You only hear half of what I say / And you're always showing up late / And I know that I should say goodbye / But it's no use -- can't be with or without you."
Is it any good?
In a refreshing change of pace from most of today's synth-pop songs, this single starts off with a distinctive guitar hook that catches your attention. Unfortunately, that hook gets overpowered soon enough by the power-percussion and heavy production that characterize much of the music from Lovato's contemporaries. Still, the young singer puts in a fine vocal performance that will likely shove this single to the top of the charts for at least a few weeks.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this song fits into the artist's generally upbeat nature, as portrayed in her TV show and movies. Does the way this song plays against type make the singer seem more complex as a person and not just a character?