A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Wanted's self-titled album is mostly OK for tweens, with clean lyrics and some relationship talk. "Glad You Came" has references to drinking, and the video shows young people drinking at a beach party. This Brit boy band definitely has a sexier edge, as shown by their video to the single "Lightning," which is included on the Special Edition album. It shows couples making out and some playful sexual situations.
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What's the story?
Brit boy band The Wanted are rapidly making their way to the top of the U.S. charts and playlists of tweens and teens with their album THE WANTED. It includes their previous hit single, "All Time Low," in addition to the chart-topper "Glad You Came." There's a special-edition version that features three additional tracks, as well as videos for "Glad You Came" and "Lightning."
Is it any good?
The allure of The Wanted is obvious when you hear their music: It's upbeat, rhythm-driven techno with smart lyrics and harmonies to boot. It doesn't hurt that they're European and quite lovey to look at, as well. Favorites "Glad You Came" and "All Time Low," although similar in sound, still anchor the record, and "Lightning" and "Satellite" show why these young gents are so popular. "Chasing the Sun" hints at some Beatles-esque harmonies with the techno touch, and the bonus video to "Lightning," although sexier than expected, shows the appeal that this band has for tweens (and possibly their moms!).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the best way to monitor what music kids listen to watch. What are your family's rules about listening to music and watching videos?
This album is mostly OK for tweens, but the included video is too sexy. What can parents do when music videos to OK songs are inappropriate?
What do you like most about The Wanted? Do their good looks play a role in their success? Would you like the band if they were just regular-looking guys?
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