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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Wake Me Up" is an upbeat dance track by Swedish producer and house DJ Avicii, co-written by Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and soul singer Aloe Blacc, who also guests on vocals. This chart-topping single offers listeners a buoyant message about moving beyond the confusion and alienation of growing up, and it encourages them to forge their own path to happiness. Though Avicii's reputation is built around his work in the electronic dance music scene, "Wake Me Up" infuses elements of country and pop into the mix, with jangly guitars and live vocals contributing to the hook of this undeniably catchy song. This is a clean, kid-friendly track, with no strong language, sex, or violence. The accompanying music video is mild as well, although there are a few instances of corporate product placement by Sony and Ralph Lauren, and some bare skin, which includes a woman's belly button-pierced midriff dancing in a sweaty, pulsating club.
What's the story?
\"WAKE ME UP\" is a chart-topping single by Swedish DJ Avicii, the first to be released off his forthcoming album True. The electronic dance track introduces elements of country, pop, and rock into a pulsing dance beat and has soulful vocals courtesy of Aloe Blacc. The song is about finding the path to happiness and fulfillment, despite the darkness and confusion many people struggle through on their way there.
Is it any good?
Avicii has built his reputation on dance music, and "Wake Me Up" takes his club-ready electronica in a new direction. By collaborating with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and soul singer Aloe Blacc the country-pop elements in this track sound natural and well-executed. The result is an instantly catchy hit with an uplifting chorus, thoughtful lyrics, and pulsing dance beat.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the messages found in the song lyrics. What does the line "All this time I was finding myself / And I didn't know I was lost" mean?
Help kids and teens write lyrics of their own. Explore some of the themes and subjects that occupy a lot of their time and attention. Channel those thoughts and feelings into words and lyrics. Listen to their song unfold.
Do you think Avicii will continue to grow as an artist by incorporating other styles of music into his dance tracks? What are some other genres you would like him to see him explore?
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