Under the Mistletoe

 
Bieber hits the classics, but original songs fall short.

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Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate; still, kids will learn some classic holiday songs.

Positive messages

Songs remind us about the important things that make the holidays warmer: love, family, and friendships.

Positive role models

Songs encourage listeners to appreciate the things that matter: "I don't need no presents, girl, you're all I need."

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

"Mistletoe" mentions kissing and "your lips on my lips."

Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this isn't a typical Christmas album; there are some classics like "The Christmas Song" and "All I Want for Christmas," but the others are mostly songs about a relationship between two people that happens to fall during the holidays. If you're OK with relationship talk mixed with mistletoe and snowfall, then this Justin Bieber CD is OK for your kids.

What's the story?

Just in time for the yuletide season, Beliebers get their Christmas wish with UNDER THE MISTLETOE, the debut holiday album from teen sensation Justin Bieber. The 11 tracks include classics like "The Christmas Song," "All I Want for Christmas" (with Mariah Carey), "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," and "Silent Night," as well as several originals that feature guests Busta Rhymes, Boyz II Men, and The Band Perry.

Is it any good?

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For Bieber fans having a hard time waiting between albums, the Christmas-themed Under the Mistletoe will tide them over until the next release. The holiday classics will appeal to any age; the original tracks, including the lead single "Mistletoe," are probably best for young fans only. Bieber is certainly trying to make his merry mark here, but the Busta Rhymes duet "The Little Drummer Boy" might have some questioning what's in his eggnog given the strange raps within the song. But covers of favorites like "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," and "All I Want for Christmas" make this album a good choice for families at the holidays.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the songs that are familiar and the ones that are new. Which do you like better? Do you think these Christmas songs are ones that you and your family will listen to for a long time?

  • Why do you think it's become so popular for contemporary pop, country, or rock artists to make a holiday album? What makes holiday music so appealing?

Music details

Artist:Justin Bieber
Release date:November 1, 2011
Type:Album
Label:Island Def Jam
Genre:Holiday
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written byadtr_forever November 25, 2011
age 9+
 

<3

Great Christmas album for family and/or friends. I recommend!!
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byerica klln em November 14, 2011
age 13+
 

ily boi

i think this song is suitable for kids and thir families on christmas
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Teen, 13 years old Written byMeghanMarie November 25, 2011
age 13+
 

JustinsTheBestSingerEVER

This Is The Best CD....EVER.....Its Already Sold Out
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