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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Brit sensations One Direction sing about living in the moment on their single "Live While We're Young." Like with their other songs, most of the lyrics and content are fine for kids. However, there is some innuendo on this track that insinuates "hooking up," so know it's possible you may hear your tweens singing "Tonight let's get some!"
What's the story?
Brit boy band One Direction releases "LIVE WHILE WE'RE YOUNG," the lead single off of their highly-anticipated, scream-inducing sophomore album, Take Me Home, which follows the smashing success of their debut, Up All Night. The insanely catchy, bubbly single embraces the idea of living in the moment ("I know we only met but let's pretend it's love.") and having carefree fun.
Is it any good?
It's impossible not to like "Live While We're Young" given its sweet theme of embracing life in the present and its riff and chorus that stay in your head well after the song has ended. One Direction has the perfect balance of harmonies, techno-beats, and pop-indie rhythms to make their music stand out from other radio-friendly groups, and always leaves you wanting more. Although the fact that the chorus boldly states "Tonight let's get some, and live while we're young," could mean a shift in 1D's tweeny image, it's still a fun Carpe Diem anthem that will get any party started.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the allure of boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted. What makes them so successful so fast? Is it just their music? Their image? Does it make them more intriguing because they're from another country? Why?
What do you think about the noticeably racier lyrics here? Why would the guys risk their squeaky-clean image?
Do edgy lyrics make a band seem cooler? Why or why not?
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