A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hold on 'Til the Night is an overall clean album by young singing sensation Greyson Chance. That said, they shouldn't expect another Justin Bieber; while these lyrics don't contain profanity or references to sex, substances, or drinking, they're also not as bright and sunny as Bieber's. By exploring the more painful side of romance in several songs, Chance sets a somewhat more pensive tone than many of his tween contemporaries.
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What's the story?
HOLD ON 'TIL THE NIGHT is the debut album from Greyson Chance -- the young teen vocalist who took the Internet by storm with his rendition of Lady Gaga's hit "Paparazzi." The ten original songs have largely wholesome lyrics in common, but that doesn't mean they're particularly upbeat. Instead, several tracks explore the darker side of romantic relationships, with lyrics that seem melancholy beyond Greyson's years: "I tried my hardest, I tried my best / But you just don't seem satisfied / And now I'm here alone tonight, when I think of you, I cry." Still, it's an overall OK pick for tweens and teens looking for another cute young vocalist to love.
Is it any good?
Listening to the strength behind the vocals on this record, it's hard to believe Greyson Chance was a mere 13 years old when he recorded it. The teen is every bit as talented as his oft-cited peer, Justin Bieber, with a bouncier pop sound that shines through on songs like "Little London Girl" and "Unfriend You."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the similarities and differences between Greyson Chance and his colossally famous peer, Justin Bieber.
Though both have super strong vocals, how do the general tones of their music compare?
What lessons can a newcomer like Greyson learn from the slightly more seasoned Bieber?