A lot or a little?
Parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single is a tame song, including no offensive language or mentions of sex, substance use, or violence. It does reference kissing in one line and has a somewhat bleak theme about broken relationships, but overall, the tune is an OK choice for older kids.
What's the story?
JAR OF HEARTS is the first single from newcomer Christina Perri that shot to fame after first being heard on the hit TV show So You Think You Can Dance? In this rock-oriented tune, Perri sings her heart out about shunning the continued advances of a former flame who didn't treat her well while they were together, yet now wants to rekindle their failed romance. Despite the track's bleak theme, the song actually has a positive message about respecting yourself and not settling for less, which Perri relays without using profanities or graphic adult content. With that in mind, parents should feel OK about buying this tune for older kids.
Is it any good?
Christina Perri may be new to the music scene, but she proves in this single that she can hang with the big girls. Her vocals are better than her slightly younger peers like Selena Gomez, and they give more established talents like Hayley Williams from Paramore a run for their money. Coupled with the track's slow, haunting arrangement, it's easy to see how the song has gained instant popularity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how to stay strong in the face of failed relationships. Why do some people want to get back together with a former partner who has treated them badly?
What are the five most important qualities to look for in choosing someone to start a romantic relationship with?
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