A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Sara Bareilles is not your average pop tartlet. Sure, she sings about crushes and break-ups, but this singer/songwriter is a modern girl who takes an independent, thoughtful look at love and relationships on her debut album. Although there are a few references to mature topics such as smoking, for the most part, Bareilles provides positive girl-empowerment messages.
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What's the story?
Sara Bareilles was thrust onto the pop charts with her infectious single \"Love Song.\" Now her breakthrough album featuring the popular EP has been rereleased. The rest of her album's 11 tracks follow the same tone with introspective, frank, and irreverent lyrics about love, love, and more love.
Is it any good?
Bareilles comes off as the easy-to-talk-to girlfriend who shoots from the hip and doesn't hold back her feelings -- particularly when it comes to men and relationships. Her smooth vocals don't overwhelm the ears, but instead roll along through winding tales of angst and longing, making the album especially appealing to teen girls. Poetic imagery in songs such as "Many the Miles" and "One Sweet Love" remain grounded by Bareilles' refreshingly straightforward observations on tracks like "Vegas" ("Gonna sell my house and cross the border/'Cause somebody told me dreams live in Mexico/Gonna sell my house/I got to lose ten pounds"). No doubt that on LITTLE VOICE, Bareilles flips pop conventions into an opportunity for girl-empowerment.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the media promotes certain romantic conventions and how women buy into these myths. Bareilles confronts this on "Fairytale," where she discusses fairy-tale ideas of female subordination. In what ways do modern fairy tales exist in film, TV, and music? How do these stories depict women? Are women usually seen in a role of power, or are they in need of a man?