A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Drake Bell, of Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh show, is a nice kid who has listened to a heck of a lot of Beatles albums -- or at least that's the impression you'll get after listening to this CD. Content is squeaky-clean except for a bit of poetic sexual innuendo ("when you're creeping out of bed I sneak a peek to see just what you were wearing last night"), and the overall sound is peppy, bright, and fun.
What's the story?
Drake Bell, Nickelodeon's teen heartthrob from the Drake & Josh sitcom, seems too good to be true. He's a good singer with credible rock & roll instincts, he's good looking, and he seems to have listened to a lot of music by The Beatles. His debut CD, IT'S ONLY TIME. references the Fab Four on nearly every tune, yet maintains a fresh and original sound. Songs are typically lovesick-teen stuff, with the tiniest bit of sexual innuendo, but an old-timey ragtime number featues some impressive scat-singing.
Is it any good?
It sounds as though Drake loved every minute he spent making this record. Lyrics are not brilliant, but they are expressive, tween-safe, and occasionally even funny and/or poetic. He performs with an infectious, charming enthusiasm that's hard to ignore. Watch out, cynics -- there's a good chance you'll be humming along before you remember that you're not supposed to like anything this cute. For everyone else, crank up the volume and enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how bands influence each other. When do bands borrow too much of another band's sound? Think of your favorite band -- who do they sound like? Can you think of any orginal-sounding artists or bands? Families can also discuss the "kitschy-futuristic" interludes and sound effects. Could you record similar vignettes with your friends on the family computer?