A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although "That Should Be Me" strays a bit from Justin Bieber's uber-upbeat approach -- focusing on a break-up instead of the usual great relationship -- it's still a clean song that features no adult content aside from one reference to kissing. With no overtly negative or pessimistic lyrics, the tune is fine for tweens.
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What's the story?
Justin Bieber and Rascal Flatts -- two of the biggest names in their respective musical genres, pop and country -- have teamed up for the track "THAT SHOULD BE ME," a tune that chronicles the sad end of a failed romantic relationship. While the topic is a departure from Bieber's typically positive songs about relationships that are going well, it doesn't delve into negative territory with any vindictive references, profanity, or sex. The tune is fine for tweens and teens, and adult country music fans might be interested as well.
Is it any good?
If there's ever anything lackluster about a Bieber song, you can bet it's not his vocals, which are as strong as ever in this tune. While the vocal contribution from Rascal Flatts is equally solid, the music itself plods along, with a somewhat boring arrangement that sounds not much different than the typical slow song. The end result is more musical filler than stand-out song, though it should still satisfy die-hard fans of both artists who are hungry for any new music they can get.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the effects of the match-up between the two distinct musical styles -- pop and country -- represented in this song.
Why would a teen pop sensation like Bieber choose to collaborate with adult country stars like Rascal Flatts -- and vice versa?
Do you think fans on both sides will like the tune? Why or why not?