Prom Soundtrack

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Fresh mix of music is OK for tween fans of the Disney movie.

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Positive Messages

Positive messages about being young and having the world and your whole life ahead of you. "Fear is our only enemy, and we could be anything."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Song "Please Speak Well of Me" is a nice alt-rock tune that focuses on keeping a positive image and living a good life, even in high school. "Looking back, wish I'd been kinder, did I ever know love?" and "Don't say words you don't mean."

Violence
Sex

Some minor innuendo in "Your Surrender": "I got close to your skin, I taste the salt on your hands. I reached out to touch you, the morning light disarms you, won't you let me in?"

Language

Song "We'll Be Alright" celebrates being young and carefree, but, unlike the original version, is edited and clean here. "We don't give a (bleep)" instead of "f--k."

Consumerism

Promotes the same-named Disney Channel movie.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

"Get drunk" mention in original "We'll Be Alright" has been taken out here.

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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Kid, 11 years old June 11, 2012

teen music

this soundtrack is good but im shocked that they got featured at disney cuz theirs some cursing,alcohol,and romance i think this music is suppose to be for teen...
Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian gurl June 7, 2011

Kinda good,

Also the not your birthday original has "quit you Bit*hing" and Da*n

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?

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