Up All Night

Common Sense Media says

Boy band's debut album is surprisingly solid; OK for tweens.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive messages

Sweet songs about real beauty and falling in love with someone.

Positive role models

This boy band has a clean image so far, and sings about finding love in a positive, thoughtful way.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Some very minor innuendo: "When he lays you down, I might just die inside, it just don't feel right, cuz I can love you more than this."

Not applicable

Mentions Katy Perry.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this boy band from England and Ireland is racing up the charts at home and abroad. After quick success with their debut single here, "What Makes You Beautiful," a sweet song about real beauty, the quintet is poised to make it big in the United States. Although there are some slightly mature themes related to relationships, this album has clean lyrics and content so it's appropriate for tweens and up.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

One Direction is on the fast track to stardom as the new floppy-haired boy band import from the U.K. With major success after their first U.S. single, "What Makes You Beautiful," their debut album UP ALL NIGHT is sure to keep tween girls screaming here and abroad.

Is it any good?


Boy bands are a dime a dozen, right? One Direction has five cute boys. Check. Perfected hair flips. Check. Tight pants and songs about love and relationships. Check. Super-cute accents. Bonus! The thing that makes One Direction stand out is that each song has its own sound, without being the standard, cookie-cutter radio pop you hear every day. Alone, each song could be a quality single. "More Than This" has a raw vulnerability that gives it unusual depth, while the title track "Up All Night" is a catchy club beat that has universal appeal. "I Want" has a different sound, with piano and guitar that show the variety of One Direction and their potential to be much more than one-hit wonders in the U.S.; the nice hair and accents are just the cherry on top.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the way that boy bands appeal to tween girls and how they are marketed to exploit that. What are some similar qualities that you notice about boy bands? Are these the qualities that make you like a band or not? Or do you base the appeal solely on the music?

  • Do you think that most boy bands, or musicians in general, sing about relationships in a positive or negative light? Think of some songs that portray relationships from both aspects. Do you think one type is more popular or successful than the other?

Music details

Artist:One Direction
Release date:March 13, 2012
Label:Syco Music
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byKidquizine April 11, 2012

I'm obsessed with One Direction :)

I am a Directioner, please trust me on this review! These guys are amazing. Their songs are definitely appropriate for kids of all ages. One Direction is totally awesome and at my next sleepover, we will be UP ALL NIGHT listening to this CD. You at least need to listen to "What Makes You Beautiful". This CD is full of positive messages and they are definitely good role models. Unlike most music today, Up All Night is appropriate for kids of all ages :) 1D FOREVER!!!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byhockeychick5 March 26, 2012


Amazing band, down to earth guys.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2012


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