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?
Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are back with a new album of rock 'n' roll cover songs -- the first in 15 years not associated with a movie release. Songs like "Shake Your Groove Thing" (with a guest appearance by Drew Seeley) and "Three Little Birds" aren't necessarily naturals for the Chipmunks, but the animated superstars rise to the occasion with energy and panache, performing the album's 14 covers in inimitable Chipmunks style.
Is it any good?
Produced by Ali Dee (of Speed Racer, Transformers, and Garfield soundtrack fame), UNDENAIBLE doesn't quite project the indelible charm of 2007's movie soundtrack, but it does offer some giggles for kids of all ages who just can't help loving digitally transformed voices. Jollier by far than many "educational" children's records -- and cheaper and safer than laughing gas -- the Chipmunks' musical secret seems to be sincerity. These guys are playing it straight, no matter how silly they sound to us. The album's highlight, "Time Warp" (from The Rocky Horror Picture Show), is guranteed to get toddlers up and dancing, and that alone is worth the price of admission.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the fact that Alvin and the Chipmunks are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2008. Does anyone in your family remember their first hit record? How is it different than the Chipmunks' music today? Why do you think their brand of funny music has endured while other pop stars come and go so quickly?