A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?