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 collection of generic dance-pop from Disney Channel star Selena Gomez is free of explicit content, but filled with mildly suggestive songs about dance-floor bliss and all-night parties. None of the lyrics are shocking or any more sexual than a majority of what's popular on mainstream radio right now, but parents should not expect a squeaky-clean pop princess with a positive message.
What's the story?
STARS DANCE is the fourth studio album from former Disney Channel superstar Selena Gomez, though it's technically her first solo effort. However, to call it a solo album is to neglect the fact that pretty much all of the music was created by super-producers and professional songwriters (though Gomez is credited with co-writes on some of the lyrics), which gives the record a very impersonal and inauthentic feel to it. The songs are all heavily electronic-based and could easily blend into any nightclub DJ set, but the constant drops and breakdowns get repetitive quickly, as do the annoying and oft-repeated choruses.
Is it any good?
Hardcore fans of Gomez may enjoy this collection of loud and obnoxious dance music, but pretty much anyone else will probably find it forgettable and regrettable. The lyrics are hollow and barely make sense, the production is over-the-top but somehow boring, and everything sounds so over-processed and manufactured that it's hard not to feel creeped out. Her voice sounds robotic, her message is unclear, and the music seems to lack a purpose, other than large paychecks for all parties involved.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how many Disney child stars have gone on to become pop sensations, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and now Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus. Why do you think they have been so successful?
What do you think of pop music's transition into a heavily EDM-based sound and aesthetic, complete with references to neon lights and extremely loud bass?
For kids who love to dance to EDM
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