A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Overexposed isn't explicit pop music but is at a level beyond squeaky-clean records from teen bands like One Direction. The lyrics get pretty steamy at times, with several references to touching and spending the night together, though they never cross the line into graphic territory. The unedited version of "Payphone" has "s--t" and "f--k" in it, while a version of the album with bonus tracks drops the word "f--k" a couple more times. There's also a fair amount of fighting and arguing, with a few lines about "throwing things." Still, most tunes on the album are OK for older tweens.
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What's the story?
OVEREXPOSED, the fourth full-length studio album by masters of the addictive pop song Maroon 5, finds the five guys singing about the ups and downs of love with help from fellow musicians like rapper Wiz Khalifa and Ryan Tedder, lead singer of the band OneRepublic. Frontman Adam Levine capitalized on his role with the mega-popular TV show The Voice to release the record's first single, "Payphone," on an episode.
Is it any good?
Maroon 5's music is the very definition of the term "guilty pleasure." While the first few synth-based songs are a bit rocky (aside from the addictive "One More Night"), the record picks up a lot of steam about midway through, starting with Adam Levine's killer falsetto in "Ladykiller" and wrapping up with the final track: a simply awesome, burlesque-esque cover of Prince's classic "Kiss."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why Maroon 5 explores the darker side of love here. Do you like songs about relationship woes sometimes, or you prefer happier love tunes?
Lead singer Adam Levine is well known for hitting the social scene and dating lots of girls; do you think rocky romantic relationships often come with this territory? Why or why not?
What kinds of things can you imagine the band singing about in 20 years?
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