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 Nickelodeon tween boy band of real-life brothers do indeed wear clothing. However, now they've given kids who don't want to sit in class an anthem to play to protest. There's nothing surprising here, other than some mature declarations about love coming from kids who can't even drive yet.
What's the story?
Cutie pies Nat and Alex Wolff are real-life brothers who play themselves, and a world-famous rock band in the popular Nickelodeon TV series The Naked Brothers Band. I DON'T WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL is their second album, following the success of their hit Nickelodeon movie and show, and is produced by TV and real-life dad Michael Wolff. (Mother, Polly Draper, of Thirtysomething fame, is the mastermind behind the show.) All the music and lyrics are written by Nat and Alex and are very tween-friendly.
Is it any good?
The Naked Brothers Band is Nickelodeon's answer to Disney's Jonas Brothers, and with this album, they're definitely making a name for themselves. Tween girls everywhere swoon for their shaggy locks and sweet falsetto croons in doo-wop "yoo hoo hoos." The musical arrangements are clever and catchy, and the lyrics, albeit a bit premature coming from a 12-year-old pining for love, are still impressive and thoughtful. The tracks will make you want to listen to some endearing vocals and well-crafted, engaging music, even if you're long past your prepubescent years. "I'll Do Anything" and bonus track "Tall Girls" sound like sweet Beatle-like bubble gum pop. And, "Great trip" and "I Don't Want to Go to School" just might make you want to be a tween again…maybe.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the immense popularity of kids' TV shows and movies featuring fictional/real-life musicians (Naked Brothers Band, Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers, High School Musical). Why do you think these shows and artists have been so successful? Does the fact that they're on TV first make them more appealing? Do you think it's a positive thing to promote such young kids?