The Last Song Soundtrack

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Safe but mellow movie tunes aren't typical Miley Cyrus pop.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The songs all dissect parts of love and the struggles of relationships.

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are honest portrayals of what it takes to be in love. "It's not always rainbows and butterflies, it's compromise that moves us along."

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Several of the songs are used to promote the movie, The Last Song.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album might not be what tween Miley Cyrus fans are expecting, but it's still a safe collection of mellow love songs. There are no dance tracks or bubblegum pop sounds here, which is a big departure for a Miley project. That said, parents don't need to worry; even though the tracks are pretty much all about love in some shape or form, there's little sexuality to speak of.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bykrazyk April 18, 2010

good for 17 and older

Too much action its way too scary seems like a good movie in previews because there it wont show the violence just Miley flirting with a guy.
Kid, 10 years old January 31, 2011
1. Miley said the b word 2. It has some mild swearing 2. Sex: well, too many kissing and stuff
Kid, 9 years old October 14, 2010
Love it, Miley finds herself even though she might be kinda GOTH, she still looks into for what she needs to know and it is really a great movie, I hope you ge... Continue reading

What's the story?

Miley Cyrus's new movie is a departure from her Hannah Montana days, and in the same way the soundtrack to THE LAST SONG is also a musical step away from her tween pop roots. There are actually only two tracks out of 16 that feature Cyrus' vocals. The rest of the album is dedicated to singer-songwriters and folksy ballads and love songs. Without a doubt, this album isn't a dance party or platform for the Hannah Montana franchise.

Is it any good?

Surprise! Although Miley's acting skills might have taken a hit from many critics with her dramatic debut, the soundtrack to the film is actually quite good. It's just not what you'd expect from a Cyrus production, and that's what's so appealing. Many of the tracks have a folksy feel that hearken back to the singer-songwriter movement of the '70s. The theme of love is handled quite well, with little sentimentality or pop sweetness. Look for harmonious gems from Maroon 5, Edwin McCain, and Iron and Wine.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about albums that aren't what you expected. This album isn't the typical Miley Cyrus pop album. How do you find out what content an album has on it?  Do you rely on the reputation of the artist, or do you and your family judge every album separately?

  • What do you think of Disney using popular compilation albums like this as a launching pad for new acts? Do you think this is a clever marketing technique that helps discover new bands, or just a commercial move?

  • Talk about love songs and what they can teach about relationships. Do you think some love songs show you that relationships are more complicated than they might initially appear? What are some signs of an unhealthy relationship?

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