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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know this soundtrack to the Disney movie celebrates youth and high school. Although it features some edgy artists, such as Travie McCoy, the songs here have been edited to remove references to drinking and profanity. There's a little innuendo in one song, "Your Surrender," and songs such as "We'll Be Alright" glamorize the idea of letting loose and being carefree. Overall, though, the songs and messages are very positive for tweens and younger teens and offer parents and older teens a good way to reminisce about the glory days.
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What's the story?
If there's one thing that almost everyone can relate to, it's prom. Whether it was good or bad, most people have memories of that awkward, memorable night. Disney takes the teen rite of passage to the big screen with Prom, and the soundtrack is a fun, modern mix of original songs, covers, and contemporary bands that evokes a feeling of celebration, longing, and anticipation. The 15 tracks feature songs from the movie, including covers "Dreams" and "Come On Let's Go," new tunes from Neon Trees and Allstar Weekend, and music from the cast.
Is it any good?
With the huge success of High School Musical, it's no surprise that Disney is revisiting the excitement and angst of high school. The Prom Soundtrack is a little edgier than that of HSM, with both songs from the cast and popular bands. The music is eclectic, fresh, and poignant, celebrating friends and the ride that is high school.
Neon Trees' "Your Surrender" is a hip synth-tech mix that remains innocent aside from a little innuendo. "Dreams" is a solid cover of the 90's Cranberries hit, and "We'll Be Alright" is a funky tune by Travie McCoy that will have fans singing well into the night, even after the king and queen are crowned. The songs perfectly capture the excitement and anxiety of high school, with positive messages about looking toward the future and making the most of the moment, even if it's awkward and full of bad dance moves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the timing of this movie and soundtrack. It's obviously meant to coincide with high school prom nights across the country. Does this make the movie more enticing?
Do you think the movie/soundtrack promotes a positive or negative image of this high school "rite of passage"?
The album features both obscure and well-known bands. Do you think it's important to have big celebrity names on a soundtrack? Would that make it more successful? Or is it more about the music and the movie itself?