The Music of Smash

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Mix of pop covers and show originals is fun but too short.

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Positive Messages

Inspirational tunes of self-affirmation and dreaming big; "Who You Are" is about staying true to yourself, saying, "Tears don't mean you're losing, don't lose who you are."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Songs are generally encouraging and uplifting; a few songs touch on changing who you are for fame.

Violence
Sex

Some innuendo, but lyrics aren't crude or vulgar; "Touch Me" says, "I wanna feel it on my body put your hands on me ... I wanna go somewhere we can be alone." "History is Made at Night" is a playful, sexy rendition of the other side of showbiz.

 

Language

"Damn."

Consumerism

Soundtrack to hit NBC show Smash.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that of the many songs from the hit TV show about Broadway-bound dreamers, there are only 13 tracks on The Music of Smash. Most of the songs are inspirational, a mix of show originals and pop covers, but some ("Touch Me" and "History Is Made at Night") do have some innuendo and mature content about changing to become famous.

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What's the story?

From the hit NBC TV show about the dreamers and schemers of the Great White Way, THE MUSIC OF SMASH features 13 tracks that are a mix of pop covers from artists like Christina Aguilera, Colbie Caillat, and Michael Buble ("Beautiful", "Brighter than the Sun", "Haven't Met You Yet") and show originals sung by American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee and Broadway star Megan Hilty, as well as the rest of the cast.

Is it any good?

Fans of Smash will most likely love every second of this album, but chances are you'll feel a little cheated at the end -- as if you were leaving a show at intermission. A balance of originals and covers, The Music of Smash's meger 13 tracks give just a taste of the musical numbers about showbiz that pepper the show. "Touch Me" is a sexy, synthesized track that lets McPhee flirt, and "Crazy Dreamers" is a softer piano ballad with an inspirational message, but "Who You Are" sounds as if Hilty is straining when she doesn't need to. McPhee's strange, stripped-down version of the Colbie Caillat Caribbean-flavored "Brighter than the Sun" is so-so, but "Shake it Off" and "The 20th Century Fox Mambo" are fun, feisty numbers that highlight the color and strength of McPhee's voice and talent.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the messages that the show Smash sends to actors and singers who dream about making it big on Broadway or in Hollywood. Do you think the show presents a favorable or critical perception of what goes on behind the scenes in showbiz?

  • The song "The 20th Century Fox Mambo" talks about "changing for fame" and even plastic surgery. Do you think society and showbiz put too many unrealistic expectations on young people to fit the ideal "celebrity image"? 

  • What do you like about the TV show Smash? Would you buy this soundtrack if you didn't watch the show?

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