A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although two of the band members have famous Hannah Montana siblings (Trace is Miley Cyrus' half brother and Mason is Mitchel's brother) this hit single doesn't sound very Disney. The lyrics aren't particularly graphic, but the sexually suggestive lyrics describe a scene where clothes are off and excitement is elevated.
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What's the story?
Metro Station is an edgy rock pop group featuring Trace Cyrus (yes, Miley's older half brother), and the breakout single "SHAKE IT" is a provocative song about the growing relationship between a boy and a girl. While the lyrics may seem laced with innuendo, the lighthearted dancing music video (without any hint of a sexual relationship) suggests that the song isn't mean to offend, but rather to be a fun dance tune.
Is it any good?
The band has a fresh sound and is a nice break from the whiney rocker boy bands of late. They know how to push the envelop with their lyrics, but never get too lewd; think one step beyond the Jonas Brothers' "Burning Up." That being said, in light of all the explicit music out there, your kids could do much, much worse than this. "Shake It" is original, fun, and a good compromise between cheesy kids music and uncomfortably graphic songs for older teens. The upbeat tune may even have you singing along and after a few listens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about having a famous family member? Do you think being connected to a star sibling helps or hurts someone's career? Why do you think this band's sound is different from Miley and Mitchel's music? Families can also discuss the sexual innuendo in this song. Is this an appropriate way for a boy to talk about a girl? Is the artist talking about an emotional or a physical relationship?