A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
U Smile is the latest single off of My World 2.0 -- the second album from young pop superstar Justin Bieber. This song finds Bieber once again talking about -- what else? -- love and romance. From his sweet yet idealistic perspective, the young crooner aims to take care of his girl's every whim. With lines like "I'd wait on you forever and a day ... Your world is my world ... Your lips, my biggest weakness, I'm always gonna do what they say (hey) ... Baby you won't ever work for nothing," the tune has a tone that might seem slightly co-dependent if sung by an older artist. But from the newly 16-year-old Bieber, it just seems primarily like innocent naivete.
Is it any good?
You've gotta hand it to Justin Bieber: while many of his peers release songs that follow the same boring synth-pop formula, Bieber tries to mix it up with different musical styles. In "U Smile," he chooses a Motown tone, with a slow, rich, piano-based groove that helps to showcase the singer's strong vocals. About this song, Bieber has said it's "one of the best songs [he's] ever recorded" -- and we tend to agree.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the song's themes. Justin Bieber talks about waiting on his girl "hand and foot" and catering to her every need. Is this a realistic view of what it means to be in a healthy relationship? Why or why not?
How can two people in a relationship count on each other yet remain independent?