A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the New Kids on the Block have teamed up with Ne-Yo on a tween-friendly slow dance more appropriate for proms in the high school gym than the nightclub referenced in the lyrics.
What's the story?
Wallflowers, take heart! The New Kids on the Block, with a little help from Ne-Yo, are here to save the day. Their newest single, "SINGLE," proclaims the availability of the Kids to "be your boyfriend 'til the song goes off," so put on your dancing shoes and prepare to hit the floor.
Is it any good?
Sweet, sappy, and just a teensy bit soulful, "Single" offers to take up the slack left by a deadbeat or nonexistent boyfriend by dancing with every single girl in the room -- no strings attached. "Pretty mama if you're single/you don't gotta be alone tonight/so while the DJ plays this single/just pretend that I'm your man tonight" is about as gracious as it gets at a teen party; dance lovers who happen to be flying solo could do a whole lot worse. And if this music thing doesn't work out, the Kids just might have a future hiring themselves out as extra men on cruise ships.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the NKOTB reunion. Do you think teens today are as interested in their music as the teens from the '80s and '90s -- or is it outdated? Families can also talk about school dances. Do you feel pressured to have a date in order to enjoy going to a dance? Have you ever worried that no one will want to dance with you?