A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
For its sophomore album LOVE DRUNK, Boston-based band Boys Like Girls recruited some star power with pretty heavy wattage: Taylor Swift sings on the single "Two Is Better Than One," while Ashley Tisdale appears in the video for the title track. Though the latter tune includes a decidedly adult comparison between getting drunk / having a hangover and falling in love / breaking up, the bulk of the remaining songs on the record are fairly clean, talking mostly about the highs and lows of new love without a lot of swearing or sex talk. Of note, however, are the multiple references to kissing, with lyrics like "we used to kiss all night" and "you're so contagious…I caught it when I kissed you."
Is it any good?
Musically, this record has some good things going for it. The duet with Taylor Swift is a clear highlight, with Swift and band frontman Martin Johnson engaging in some nice harmonization that makes the song a standout amid the rest of the pop-punk tracks on the record. And the tight overall songwriting results in other tunes, like "She's Got a Boyfriend Now," that loop back in your mind long after they're over.