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Hey, Soul Sister (CD single)
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 is a tame love song that adolescents can listen to (along with their parents!) A few mature bumps in the road make it iffy for younger listeners; love is compared to a drug, and there's a reference to virginity. These aren't major parts of the song, though, and don't really have negative messages associated with them. The general vibe of passion for a woman might also make this single best for kids who understand the basics of relationships.
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What's the story?
Viewers of the supernatural TV thriller Medium might've been introduced to HEY, SOUL SISTER when it was originally released in the fall of '09. It was featured prominently in one episode. But the popularity of the release really didn't catch on until several months later, thanks to increased radio play and an uptake in digital sales. The song marks Train's first single in three years; it's been a while since the San Francisco band's ballad heyday of hits like "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and "Meet Virginia" at the turn of the millennium.
Is it any good?
Train chugs away from their typical overly sentimental sound on this daring track that combines elements of doo wop and soul into the band's innocuous pop-rock formula. It's an experiment that pays off. No doubt the lyrics still speak to the listener who sports his heart on his sleeve, but there's an edgy tone to this hit. Although the lyrics can become a bit nonsensical at times, it's hard not to walk away singing "Hey, soul sister, ain't that mister mister on the radio, stereo." Besides, any band that can incorporate the line "Some gangster I'm so thug" into a pop love song deserves major props.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexually-charged lyrics and how they apply to the real world. How are relationships portrayed differently in songs and movies than what they are in real life? Do you feel pressured to do what everyone else seems to be doing?
Do you think there is some music that parents and teens can enjoy together? If your parents like a band that you enjoy, does it make that band less cool? Can music be a way to connect? Have you ever tried listening to artists that your parents enjoy?
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