A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?