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 soundtrack is a dance album with some good themes about friendship and being strong that stays within the usual tame Disney musical conventions. Several of the songs ("Cheetah Love" and "I'm the One"), however, might make girls feel that they need to be like the Cheetah Girls in order to be cool. In these songs, the Girls discuss how great it is to be them -- from having great friends to knowing hip dance moves.
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What's the story?
The Cheetah Girls have been part of tween pop culture for five years now -- long enough for a new generation of tweens to replace their original fans. It makes sense, then, that the singing and acting trio would want to mix things up a bit. For their third film and accompanying soundtrack, THE CHEETAH GIRLS ONE WORLD, the girls travel across the globe to India for an international experience. The unmistakable Bollywood sound finds its way onto this album mixed in with hip-hop dance numbers and light pop/R&B ballads.
Is it any good?
The Cheetah Girls make a roaring start on this album, moving quickly from one fast-paced song to the next. "Cheetah Love" is a fun, funky song about girlfriends, "Dig a Little Deeper" is sassy and groovy with an energizing message about motivation ("Try a little harder/move a little faster"), and "Dance Me If You Can" could be straight from a big production Bollywood dance scene. But then around the sixth track, things begin to slow down and become redundant with nondescript R&B rhythms and harmonic deliveries making it difficult to stay interested as the songs start to blend together. Disney should, however, get credit for introducing young kids to the Indian pop music sound -- even if a little more Bollywood would have been a welcomed inclusion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the power of Disney. Do you think the movie and soundtrack would do well without the Disney marketing push behind it? Also, how does this soundtrack compare to other Disney soundtracks, such as Camp Rock and High School Musical? What do the albums have in common and what's different? Do you think there is a reason why they're similar? Do audiences expect a certain type of soundtrack from Disney, or does Disney set the pop musical standard today?