A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Care Bears on Fire, those tough-sounding 12-year-old Brooklyn rockers, tear into the 11 tracks on I STOLE YOUR ANIMAL with authentic punk rock musical chops and attitude to spare. That's why it's so refreshingly funny when their lyrics turn out to be, well, sentimental and even a little gooey at times.
Is it any good?
Standouts are "Everybody Else," a song that celebrates individuality and employs the timeless "na na na na na" school-kid taunt, "Five-Minute Boyfriend" about a guy who's worth exactly that much of your time and energy, "Shadow Girl" ("Shadow girl, shadow girl/she hides and runs away…if it was up to me I'd put her in the sun and set that shadow free") about befriending the classroom loner, and "Unicorn," a funny song about the pitfalls of making friends with strangers on MySpace. Whatever they're singing about, Care Bears on Fire sound authentically adolescent -- and authentically themselves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the phenomenon of very young musicians forming bands and getting so much attention. Do you think their success is driven by their own ambition, or are there stage parents operating behind the scenes? What do you think it would be like to balance middle-school obligations and being in a nationally-known band?