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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while it includes some mildly edgy lyrics about dancing all night, making out, and acting spoiled, High Maintenance is a clean album for the most part. It lacks graphic references to sex and profanity, aside from one line about "kicking some asses," and there's no substance use whatsoever. Overall, it's an OK pick for Miranda Cosgrove's tween audience.
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What's the story?
HIGH MAINTENANCE is the follow-up EP to Sparks Fly, the debut album from Miranda Cosgrove -- star of the Nickelodeon show iCarly. With this release, the almost 18-year-old takes another step toward adulthood by pairing up with older artists like Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Avril Lavigne. As a result, the album's sound is a bit more mature, but its lyrics are still fairly benign -- with only a few mild references to mature behaviors like kissing/touching and staying out all night. Though Cosgrove is clearly growing up, this record is still a fine choice for her tween fans.
Is it any good?
It's refreshing to see Cosgrove attempt to break out of the bubblegum-pop mold by collaborating with a respected musician and songwriter like Cuomo -- and the choice pays off in the cool sound of the album's title track, which Cuomo wrote. While the Lavigne collaboration, "Dancing Crazy," is less creative, Cosgrove pulls off a more distinctive sound on tracks like the Dr. Luke-produced "Sayonara."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Cosgrove's collaborations with a couple of big-name, more adult artists -- Rivers Cuomo of Weezer and Avril Lavigne. What's the significance of Cosgrove's partnerships with artists who are well-known among older crowds?
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