Spice

 
Perky and flirty from power pop group.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Mama" expresses love and appreciation for a mom who set strict limits in the past. A lot of girl power friendship expressed.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Loads of flirty innuendo, but "Naked, nothing but a smile on her face...this child has fallen from grace" is as raunchy -- and serious -- as the Spice Girls ever get.

Language

Depends on how you feel about that "zigazig ha" stuff.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious, except an insert promoting the Spice Girls' fan club.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album contains some flirty innuendo, along with a lot of friendly "girl power" -- and not much else. Lyrics like "I'll tell you what I want/what I really really want…I wanna really really really wanna zigazig ha" sound deliciously quaint compared to some of today's pop.

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What's the story?

The Spice Girls whip up a frothy musical dessert on SPICE, vamping through 10 disco-based hits with their signature sound -- breathy, little-girl vocals and loads of cheery call-and-response -- intact. While most of the lyrics address a narrow range of emotion along \"You want me/I want you/let's talk -- or not\" lines, one sentimental ballad, \"Mama,\" expresses love and appreciation for a mom who \"used to be my only enemy and never let me free/catching me in places that I know I shouldn't be\" with great understanding from the perspective of a young adult.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Cute and flirty without ever getting all that explicit, the girls (and their producers) make the most of what they've got: sweet, thin voices that float above solid, danceable instrumental tracks. Occasional harmonies work, but perky, spoken call-and-response (that "Zigazig ha" stuff on "Wannabe," for example) works better.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the Spice Girls' music can withstand the test of time when other comparable pop acts have been forgotten. How does their music compare to the Cheetah Girls and other more contemporary "girl power" groups? Also, the song "Mama" expresses sentimental love for a mother who was strict. Do you think you might appreciate your parents' limits some day?

Music details

Artist:Spice Girls
Release date:February 4, 1997
Label:Virgin Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 10 years old September 21, 2010
age 7+
 

Great!

When I was little, I loved the hit track "Wannabe". However, "Mama" has a positive message.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 11 years old November 27, 2010
age 7+
 

super spice:)

The spice girls are awsome.The CD is great for parties/dancing and just for fun!The spice girls are my fav:)
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old August 4, 2011
age 9+
 

GREAT

My friend Hallie is telling me what to type. Hallie says: THE SPICE GIRLS ARE AWESOME!!!!! And everyone should listen to them. I say: Okay so I do not reccomend them but I have never listened to them, so idk.
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