"Too Close" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
"Too Close" (CD Single) Music Poster Image
Clean dance tune advocates for honesty in relationships.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A positive message about being honest that a relationship isn't working out -- and letting the other person go without drama or games. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Being open about your feelings is better than messing with other people's emotions. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Too Close" is a super-clean single that features no profanity or mature content whatsoever. The lyrics focus on a guy who realizes his romance just isn't right and, rather than string his partner along, makes a clean break. It's a fine choice for younger kids who like electronic music. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Teen, 16 years old Written bycinnagurl March 21, 2014

Too Close

I really like this song. I love the dubstep elements. However i actually wish there was an instrumental version of this song. This song is not on beatport and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bysekunda23 September 9, 2013


it's good idea

What's the story?

\"TOO CLOSE\" is the second single from the debut album The Lateness of the Hour by British singer Alex Clare. Though both the album and single were originally released in 2011, Clare's music only began to gain traction when the track was featured in a 2012 Microsoft TV commercial for Internet Explorer.

Is it any good?

It's a shame the world took a while to notice Alex Clare, since the singer has some exceptionally powerful pipes. Coupled with a spicy, soulful dubstep (a genre of electronic dance music that originates from London) beat, Clare's vocals make for a truly standout song.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Alex Clare's rise to fame with this single, which was featured in a Microsoft TV ad for Internet Explorer.

  • Do you think it's a good idea for companies to adapt previously released songs for their product ads? Why or why not?

  • How does this song compare with other songs you hear on the radio?

Music details

  • Artist: Alex Clare
  • Release date: May 16, 2012
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Nasty Orange
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate