A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the Jonas Brothers' debut CD single is filled with appealing pop, energetically executed by a trio of cute young heartthrobs. Family-safe content explores the tween-familiar territory of crushes, self-esteem pep talks, crushes, school, and crushes.
What's the story?
The Jonas Brothers, that delightful young trio from New Jersey, are obviously having the time of their lives on their debut album, IT'S ABOUT TIME. Among the high points is the opening track, \"What I Go to School For,\" which describes the problems inherent in a relationship between a freshman boy and a senior girl -- that is, if she ever stooped so low as to give him the time of day. Other songs, though less cleverly written, speak to tween concerns about life, love, friendship, and self-esteem in a way that, while being absolutely family-safe, never gets too sappy.
Is it any good?
Though not as polished -- or loaded with high-tech bells and whistles -- as their sophomore effort, Jonas Brothers, this CD explodes with the kind of infectious spunk and energy that can't be faked. Singer Nicholas, the obvious star, carries the day with his high lead vocals -- reminiscent of early Michael Jackson.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Jonas Brothers got so big. Did MTV or Radio Disney have anything to do with it? If so, in what way? Parents can also discuss the opening song, "What I Go to School For," which cleverly describes a crush on an older girl. Have you ever had a secret crush on someone who seemed unattainable? How does it feel when you see that person at school? Is there a way to let the object of your affections know how you feel without risking total embarrassment?