Sparks Fly

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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So-so bubblegum pop about young love is fine for tweens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

Boy crazy? Pretty much all the songs revolve around some aspect of crushing, falling in love, or breaking up. That said, Cosgrove keeps things clean and demands respect from her loves.

Positive role models & representations

There's no real bad images on the album, although Cosgrove does make falling in love her main priority and seems to allow her whole world to be consumed by her love life: "My life is changed. Bam! Can't concentrate. Bam! I was okay until we that day, then bam!...I am obsessed."

Violence
Sex

The lyrics are all super innocent, even though they mainly focus on boyfriend/girlfriend topics. Only the song "Kissin' U" discusses any real physical contact, then there's this line: "He's gonna walk like you, exact same anatomy."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a harmless album full of bubblegum pop. Although there's a lot of talk of love and relationships, there's nothing sexual. For tweens filled with puppy love, this should be an appropriate soundtrack to their infatuation drama; parents, you'll be thankful for the invention of the earphone.

User Reviews

Parent of a 7 year old Written byvovoko September 26, 2010

Not good for 4 and under

AAAAAAAAAAAh!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
Parent of a 17 year old Written byblade1213456 June 22, 2010
LOVE IT I LOVE YOU MIRANDA COSGROVE
Kid, 10 years old May 6, 2011

love it!!

i love this album!!I said it was ok for 8 and up but i think it would be ok for younger kids but they probably wouldnt like it.Miranda cosgrove is 1 of the few... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 21, 2011

I have it and I love it!

Miranda Cosgrove is the best celebrity ever! I exploaded once I got this CD!

What's the story?

iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove began working on SPARKS FLY two years ago, way back when she was just 14 years old. Now at 16, her debut studio album has been released and even made it into the top ten on the Billboard chart. The idea for an album first got started when Cosgrove caught the singing bug while working on the iCarly soundtrack. Look for a few tracks from pop heavyweights, with Avril Lavigne having co-written "Daydream" and Ke$ha getting writing credit for "Disgusting."

Is it any good?

Formulaic at best, painfully predictable at its worst, Sparks Fly could only be appealing to the youngest of ears, not jaded by hundreds of similarly-sounding releases. Miranda Cosgrove does bring a unique sincerity to this bubblegum love-in, and despite the forgettable accompanying pop instrumentals, her message comes through loud and clear. With a dash of spunky attitude she saves the CD from completely drowning in a sea of sweetness.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about tween TV stars and their emerging music careers. Can you think of any other stars who play both roles: actor and singer? Why do you think the two careers go hand in hand? Do you think it's easier to market someone who is already famous and known for her TV personality than someone who is an unknown?

  • Do you think young stars are more likely to make public mistakes or do inappropriate things?

  • Talk about role models for adolescents. Who do you admire on TV today? Why? Who are some popular teen figures who don't make good role models?

Music details

For kids who love high-energy dance tracks

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