T-Squad

Common Sense Media says

Tedious, bland, and condescending tween hip-pop.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Subtle, inspiring message about overcoming adversity (one group member is a cancer survivor). Also messages about inner strength: "I believe that I can be most anything/Watch me spread my wings."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that these watered-down pop songs performed by heavily hyped kids will come across as tedious to any real music fan, no matter what age. The content itself isn't inappropriate in any way, but it's inane.

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What's the story?

T-SQUAD is one of those CDs that seems to underestimate the taste and intelligence of kids. It's disheartening when care isn't given to the quality of music for kids, particularly since the members of T-Squad -- four heavily hyped Disney-ized tweens -- can probably dance and sing with the best of 'em. (Talent has never been a problem with Disney child artists, harking back to the days of the original Mouseketeers.) But these four are not given the platform to show off their talent. For example, "Parents Just Don't Understand," was a charming teen lament in its original form. Just edgy and honest enough and performed with a wink and a smile, the Will Smith original deserves its status as a witty classic. But T-Squad's cover version plods along with no personality, no irony, no sense of loving fun.

Is it any good?

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It would be wonderful to see what these undoubtedly talented kids could do under the direction of producers who actually respect them as artists. Then their fans could actually appreciate music that's free of tedium and condescension. But despite talent, off-the-chart scores on the cute-o-meter, and actual performance experience, T-Squad is simply not allowed to shine on their debut CD.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about music that condescends to kids. Just because you're young, why do certain producers think that you won't care about or respond to high production standards or imaginative musical arrangements? What is it about Will Smith's original version of "Parents Just Don't Understand" (to take one example) that makes it so much funnier and more genuine than T-Squad's version?

Music details

Artist:T-Squad
Release date:April 3, 2007
Label:Disney
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008
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Loved it

T-squad is a great group!!!:-)
Teen, 13 years old Written byvanessa_888 April 9, 2008
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A must listen to for every 9-14 year old

The T-squad CD is one of the best CDs I've listened to for my whole life! You must listen to it. If you don't like it, your nuts!

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