Sparks Fly

Common Sense Media says

So-so bubblegum pop about young love is fine for tweens.

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What parents need to know

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

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
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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."

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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.

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Miranda Cosgrove
Release date:May 4, 2010
Label:Columbia
Genre:Pop music for kids
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 7 year old Written byvovoko September 26, 2010
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Not good for 4 and under

AAAAAAAAAAAh!!!!!!!!! I LOVE IT I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
Parent of a 17 year old Written byblade1213456 June 22, 2010
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LOVE IT I LOVE YOU MIRANDA COSGROVE
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Kid, 10 years old May 6, 2011
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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 tween and teen stars who are actually good role models.In her songs it sounds a little boy crazy but she still doesnt let them walk all over her.
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