"Live Like We're Dying" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Idol winner's single sends a positive message.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

This song includes a great message: never miss a chance to tell someone you care.

Positive Role Models & Representations

With a committed relationship and drama-free lifestyle, Allen is an exceptionally solid role model.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this first song from the most recent American Idol winner is fine for kids of just about any age, offering a snappy beat and absolutely no foul language.  

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Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 27, 2012
Kid, 10 years old November 10, 2011


I think it's really good and catchy

What's the story?

LIVE LIKE WE'RE DYING is the first single from American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen. True to its title, the song describes how people should live every day like it's their last and, subsequently, take every opportunity to express their affection to loved ones. Like Allen himself, the tune is super innocuous, avoiding any graphic language or other adult content; the only lyrics that give even the slightest pause are the reference to the common metaphor "we’re all staring down the barrel of a gun." While this clean approach is in line with Allen's personality, he can't take songwriting credits: those go to the Irish band The Script, which penned the track.

Is it any good?

Despite their enormous popularity on the show, most American Idol winners are not known for being big post-show smashes -- a fate that many are already predicting for fairly vanilla Kris Allen. They may not want to count him out so quickly, however: his debut track shows more originality and appeal than the first singles from other Idol winners. Its catchy hook gives it a surprisingly stand-out sound that attracts your attention, and Allen's vocals, though somewhat spotty on the show, are solid here. He may yet have a chance to break the streak of mediocre post-Idol careers.      

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How can Kris Allen maintain his clean lifestyle and remain a good role model as his post-American Idol career kicks into high gear?

  • Who are some other young musicians like Allen that live upstanding lives and experience great career success?

Music details

  • Artist: Kris Allen
  • Release date: September 21, 2009
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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