TCG

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly songs about standing strong.

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age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

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Positive Messages

Self-described "hot music with positive lyrics" about friendship and standing up for yourself.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Package unavailable for review; no obvious product placement in the lyrics.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Cheetah Girls' first studio album delivers positive messages meant especially for kids. Songs about love, self-esteem, friendship, and what it takes to get over it when the going gets rough are so self-consciously earnest that they sometimes forget to be very good; but the girls -- as perky and wholesome as ever -- are up to the task at hand.

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Parent of a 18+ year old Written byluvgoodshows April 9, 2008

I lovw The Cheetah Girls!

I'm a teenage girl, and it's hard to find music that I can relate to from my age group. The Cheetah Girls have great songs that anybody from any age... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byswallowtear April 9, 2008

I loved TCG because

All of these songs are so different from one another. The cheetah girls use their spanish quirks to make this album unique. Fuego is a spanish-english crossove... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old April 9, 2008
it was awesome

What's the story?

Just in case anyone somehow missed the news flash, the Cheetah Girls want you to know that they are proud to be the purveyors of wholesome, nonexplicit music meant for kids -- or so they say on a brief interview clip on Disney's site. Sweet, thin vocals, repetitive lyrics, and over-synthesized instrumental tracks provide additional musical insurance that TCG will never get too sexy, scary, or soulful.

Is it any good?

Though parents may be grateful for any CD that isn't filled with sexist posturing, and first graders will enjoy the clearly audible lyrics and danceable beats (Spanish-infused "Fuego"), there's a manufactured quality throughout that prevents three young women with obvious talent from strutting any real stuff. In other words, the Cheetah Girls get down on TCG, but not that far.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "Break Out of This Box" -- a song about the confusing mood swings that go along with adolescence ("sometimes I get mad over nothing at all/but I can't let it break me/I give it my all…I'm not perfect, nobody is/gotta break out of this box you try to keep me in") and the value of figuring out who you are and being yourself.

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