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 is a perfectly acceptable album for kids. The songs are innocuous, the energy level is high, and the theme throughout is all about having a good time. Except for the snippets of screaming fans, this live album is stripped of the Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus mania and depends more on the entertainment of the actual music and lyrics than the hype. Parents will appreciate the mentions of issues such as self-esteem and frustration ("Nobody's Perfect" will provide kids with a catchy way to vent their feelings), but this is really a party album, so nothing gets too heavy. The CD comes with a DVD featuring concert highlights, behind-the-scenes footage, and a video and photo slideshow.
What's the story?
Following the blockbuster success of the 3-D movie, Miley Cyrus brings the sounds of the Best of Both Worlds concert film home for fans on this soundtrack album. Musical performances from her filmed concerts feature many favorites, including the \"We Got the Party\" duet with the Jonas Brother and \"Let's Dance.\" There are tracks from both Miley Cyrus and her alter-ego, Hannah Montana; the reason why this album will give fervent followers \"the best of both worlds.\"
Is it any good?
It's hard not to get caught up in the hype surrounding Miley Cyrus. The CD is, not surprisingly, a high-energy party album that combines rock and pop sounds into a fun and fluffy fiesta. Cyrus's affable -- but not overly sweet -- vocals pack a powerful punch. It's easy to understand why tweens flock to Cyrus: She doesn't try to be a diva or a glamour queen, but instead acts as the perfect master of ceremonies to this all-girl party. Kids (and some parents too!) will have fun rocking out to these catchy tracks any time of the day.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Hannah Montana phenomenon. What makes her so appealing? Why has the show become such a big hit? What makes her different from other young celebrities? Why do you think she's so grounded? Families can also talk about how the music of Miley/Hannah differs from her concerts and TV series. Without the visual effects (no 3-D here) how entertaining is the music? How do you think Miley's musical career is aided by high-tech concerts, a TV show, and a fun, fashionable image?