A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single from Justin Bieber's debut Christmas album has the expected references to kissing, lips, and being "under the mistletoe" with "shawty." He also sings about lots of other yuletide traditions, and one line references "wise men who followed a star." If you're OK introducing your kids to the mystique of the mistletoe, then this is a fine choice.
What's the story?
"MISTLETOE," the first single from Justin Bieber's debut Christmas album, will have fans pining for the holidays. The easy, reggae-style sound mixed with sleigh bells is a perfect concoction for a cheery holiday song. The video, which premiered on MTV, features Bieber and a Selena Gomez lookalike warming up together under the snow in the streets during the holiday season.
Is it any good?
"Mistletoe" is sweet and hypnotic with the constant jingle of sleigh bells, snaps, and Bieber's inviting vocals about the "most beautiful time of the year." Granted, Bieber is trying to make his fans swoon and smile with his flirtatious words, but he also sings about many holiday traditions ("chestnuts roasting", "making a list," and "wise men followed a star") that make it a great song to get in the yuletide, and, yes, kissing, mood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Bieber is putting out holiday music. Do you think it's a good idea for any singer to make a holiday album? Are you more likely to buy holiday music from someone you already listen to?
Why would an artist want to put out a holiday album? Is this an album your family will listen to for years, or do you think it will sound dated in time?
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