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 is a perky, safe-for-kids soundtrack that's got a little pop, a little rock 'n' roll, some new wave, and even some hip-hop and R&B thrown in. There's no bad language, violence, or blatant sexuality, but the album does deal with themes tweens and teens can relate to -- not fitting in, being the new kid in school, devoted crushes, and having fun. It's very girl-friendly, with appearances from alternative rocker-chick favorites like Liz Phair and The Donnas, as well as a few other up-and-coming songstresses (and male songsters too).
What's the story?
Our sleuthing heroine proves her timelessness in the NANCY DREW SOUNDTRACK, a collection that bounces along with infectious peppiness. Matthew Sweet's opening track "Come to California" is lighter rock 'n' roll, made for cruising in a convertible. The backup vocal belongs to Susanna Hoffs from the Bangles (remember "Manic Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian"?). The punky Donnas do a good cover of the New Wave Kim Wilde classic, "Kids in America," and Flunk's rendition of New Order's "Blue Monday" is groovy, spacey, and brings a completely different kind of moodiness to the original, but it's perfect.
Is it any good?
This girl-friendly soundtrack is a great blend of musical styles: It has a little pop, a little rock 'n' roll, some new wave, and even some hip-hop and R&B thrown in. For example, Corinne Bailey Rae's gentle "Like a Star," the album's mellow moment, is quite a contrast to "We Came To Party" -- which makes you want to jump jump boogie. There's no bad language, violence, or blatant sexuality, and some of the lyrics deal with themes tweens and teens can relate to -- not fitting in, young crushes, and having fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how hard it is to be the new kid, and the struggles of balancing being yourself with fitting in and wanting to seem cool. Families can also talk about whether these songs are a good fit for the movie, and how well they match up with Nancy Drew's latest adventures. Several tracks on the soundtrack are brand new, recorded specially for the movie. Why were these artists chosen? Also, does the soundtrack make you want to see the movie? Do you like the songs because they were in the movie, or because they are just good songs?