TCG

 
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Kid-friendly songs about standing strong.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:The Cheetah Girls
Release date:September 25, 2007
Label:Hollywood Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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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 crossover version of All Night Long. Uh Oh is about a couple broke up, and agreed to only be friends, and the girl realized that was a mistake. Human is well, about being a human, even if you can't see that from the crowd. So Bring It On was avaible for listening before the album came out on certian websites. It's just kinda like you've just been having a hard time, but you're still standing strong, and you're ready to take what life throws at you. Break out this box was pretty much about being a teenager, and all the mood swings that go along with it. Crash is about you love someone, and then you realize that you don't love them anymore, but it's already too late to get out unscathed. Do No Wrong is almost the exact opposite of Crash. It's like your happy with your boyfriend, but people keep telling you somethings wrong and you won't listen. All in me was the only one i didn't really like. It was kinda like you were gonna go out and have fun with your friends. Off The Wall is about just getting out there, taking chances and just being yourself. Who we are is pretty much about how people expect you to fit their standards, and how you should just be yourself and enjoy life. Homesick is well, about missing home, travling so far away from home, and not sleeping in your own bed.
Teen, 14 years old Written bybananagurl1810 April 9, 2008
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