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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 album is relatively mild in terms of adult content compared to other pop/hip-hop tunes and past Black Eyed Peas records. Many of the songs talk about "partying" but focus more on simply dancing than drinking or sex. While there are a few mature references to these topics, along with the occasional swear word (mostly "s--t"), the album is pretty tame overall, making it an age-appropriate pick for teens.
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What's the story?
In their sixth CD, THE BEGINNING, the Black Eyed Peas keep their focus on one major thing: their love of music. In these 12 tracks, the band celebrates music in its many forms -- from "John Lennon" to "Bob Marley" -- as well as dancing along to it. Though there are some allusions to sex and drinking, they're milder on the whole than the hardcore sex and substance use described in much of today's music. As a result, parents shouldn't worry about their teens listening to this record.
Is it any good?
While earlier Peas albums, like Monkey Business, featured big, booming beats, the tunes on The Beginning sport a mellower yet still energetic vibe that lends itself to sustained stints on the dance floor. That said, the group could stand to lay off the auto tune a little: they use it liberally here, even on Fergie's otherwise solid vocal spots.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about ways that teens can indulge their love of partying without taking part in the drinking and sex that often go along with it. Teens: Where can you go to dance without having to worry about substances or adult behavior?
What are the real-life consequences of partying-related behavior like sex and drinking?
Do you consider the Black Eyes Peas role models? Why or why not?