Little Voice

Common Sense Media says

Smart, soulful songs serve up girl empowerment.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Positive messages for girls about love and not getting caught up in unrealistic stereotypes: "'Cause I don't care for you fairy tales...Once upon a time in a faraway kingdom/Man made up a story said that I should believe him/go and tell your white knight that he's handsome in hindsight."

Violence

Just one allegorical mention of suicide: "The earth that is the space between/I'd banish it from under me...to get to you/Your unexpected love provides my solitary's suicide...oh I wish I knew."

Sex

Lots of talk of love and loss, but nothing explicit. Lyrics often discuss abstract desires: "Sleepless nights you creep inside of me/paint your shadows on the breath that we share/you take more than just my sanity/you take my reason not to care."

Language

One crude word: "Get down to the heart of it/no it's my heart you're s--t out of your luck/Don't make me tell you again my love love love love."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Brief references to smoking and alcohol: "I could use another cigarette, but don't worry daddy, I'm not addicted yet/One too many drinks tonight and I miss you like you were mine" and "Cinderella's on her bedroom floor/she's got a crush on the guy at the liquor store."

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Sara Bareilles
Release date:March 18, 2008
Label:BMG Import
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybeautifulauras May 17, 2013
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Amazing album, but Sara may be a bit 'adult' for younger kids.

I love this album. Fell in love with 'Love Song' at seven, but didn't get to the rest of this until I was eleven. Forever one of my favorite albums. Sara's right up there with Joni Mitchell and Fiona Apple. A few mild, mild, references to 'sweet love' (as she calls it), and 'b***s*** ' and 's***' are both used once, but that's it. For now. No promises on her later stuff. A little warning: Do not take your ten-year-old to see this girl live. The no-cuss rule ends with the studio recordings.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 10 years old February 16, 2011
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I LOVE "Love Song"!

My younger sister (Eight) LOVES "Love Song". I have heard it SO many times, but I still like it.
Kid, 12 years old August 17, 2010
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Cool album.

I really like it! It's way tame compared to some albums out there. She sings songs about girl power, going after an old love, and more. In one song, "Come Round Soon", she has lots of alcohol and drug references. I deleted that song from my iPod, because it made me feel a bit uncomfortable. The rest of the album is really okay, though. Probably okay for ages 9 and up.
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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages

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