A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that that while "Locked Out of Heaven" doesn't contain profanity, substance use, or violence, it does feature some pretty steamy lyrics about sex. Though these lyrics aren't the most graphic around, they're still mature enough to put the song beyond the reach of tweens.
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What's the story?
Smooth crooner Bruno Mars is back with "LOCKED OUT OF HEAVEN," the first track from Unorthodox Jukebox -- the follow-up album to his smash debut CD, Doo-Wops & Hooligans. Though two years passed between records, Mars was by no means resting on his laurels, contributing a song ("It Will Rain") to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 Soundtrack, singing on the tune "Lighters" by Bad Meets Evil, and more.
Is it any good?
This slick, up-tempo track has a rat-a-tat sound, with a quick chorus of successive "yeah-yeah-yeah-yeahs" that gives it a fun feel. Though Mars' killer pipes aren't highlighted as strongly as his previous singles, the infectious quality of this song will still earn it plenty of airplay.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the wide range of songs by Bruno Mars, with some super-clean tracks like "Just the Way You Are" compared to other more sexually-charged tunes like this one.
Why might Mars' songs be so different in terms of their maturity levels? Do you think sexy or explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?
Do you think explicit lyrics make Mars' songs better or worse? Why?
Is Mars a positive role model? Why or why not?