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 album includes original songs from the popular Nick show as well as hit songs from party girls Katy Perry and Ke$ha. Although they are cleaned-up versions without iffy language, the semi-mature themes -- partying, dancing all night long, relationships -- are still evident. Miranda Cosgrove's songs talk about kissing and break-ups.
What's the story?
iCARLY: iSOUNTRACK II features original songs from iCarly's teen star Miranda Cosgrove and fellow cast mates as well as music from stars like Katy Perry ("Hot N Cold"), Ke$ha ("Blow"), Taio Cruz ("Dynamite"), and Leona Lewis. The thirteen tracks also include a remix of the popular theme song to the Nick show as well as an acoustic version of Cosgrove's single "Shakespeare."
Is it any good?
Although it has been around for a while, iCarly is still a popular show with tweens, and iSoundtrack II lets iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove get most of the credit with songs, such as the break-up blues of "All Kinds of Wrong" and "Million Dollars" and the slightly edgy party track "Dancing Crazy." Fellow cast mate Jenette McCurdy lends her under-used country vocals on "Generation Love," and the entire cast sings the P. Diddy hit "Coming Home." Over-played hits "Hot N Cold," "Blow," and "Dynamite" round out the rest of the album, with a welcome breath of fresh air in the single "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You" by the Black Kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the appeal of a show like iCarly. Is it the snarky comedy and content? The characters? Or the music? If you like the music from a TV show or movie, are you more likely to watch it and to purchase the music?
This album features original music from the TV show, but also uber-hit singles from the mainstream. Do you think these songs are really "inspired" by the TV show (as the title indicates) or simply a gimmick to get more people to buy the soundtrack? Does it matter?
Do you think successful TV stars should maintain a particular image when they play a character that is popular with elementary-aged kids? Do stars like Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus and their music grow up too fast?
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