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 CD from Disney Channel alum Jordan Pruitt covers things familiar to many tweens and teens such as crushes and romance. These themes are dealt with in a way that's safe for kids, with innocent and upbeat lyrics. The album is currently available only in Limited Too stores, but is scheduled for release on iTunes in August and general release in September.
What's the story?
PERMISSION TO FLY is a straight-up perky pop album, but it has smatterings of R&B -- and even a taste of reggae on the album's first single, "One Love". Almost all the songs are about teen romance, from unrequited crushes and love at first sight, to breakups and broken hearts. "In My Shoes" captures the essence of longing at the lockers; "Boyfriend" is a confident assertion that hers won't be stolen by a flirtatious rival; and "Simple Things" is an ode to how much pain can be caused by the smallest reminder of a former love.
Is it any good?
While some of the songs have a bubblegum sound and predictable lyrics, there are some very likeable bright spots on the album, including a sassy remake of the Temptations classic, "The Way You Do The Things You Do," and the surprisingly jazzy, syncopated "Secrets." And, not all of the songs on this album are about boy stuff. Permission to Fly is about finding your own identity; in "Unconditional," Jordan reminds us that she's a girl of faith, and how that gets her through the toughest of times. If nothing else, this teen is versatile.