"Wake Up" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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French singer promotes sense of wonder -- at any age.

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Positive Messages

The message of this song -- that you should try to enjoy yourself and not take everything so seriously -- is positive one for "kids" of any age.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The verdict's still out on whether Sliimy will make a good role model: his debut song is clean, but his stints on the Britney Spears and Katy Perry tours leave the question open-ended. In this song, he portrays himself as a positive role model for slowing down and enjoying life.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while this song is largely innocuous, it does include a few more grown-up words like "loathsome," "bitter," and "sucker" that kids may inquire about.

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Parent of a 3 and 6-year-old Written by[email protected] September 19, 2009

Not a bad song, but the album is not child appropriate.

Be cautious - the rest of this album is quite inappropriate.

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What's the story?

WAKE UP is the new single from French pop singer Sliimy -- a French slang word for \"skinny,\" in a nod to the artist's waif-like physique. The track includes a lot of silly, nonsensical lyrics loosely centered around a theme of allowing yourself to experience all the fun of being a kid -- even if you're no longer one. For example, \"I'm kinda lazy, you're in a hurry, you scare me, now I'm well aware of this / You talk about business, it's an illness, what I mean / You must dream a little bit, like me.\" Though the lighthearted song sounds like a kids' tune, the singer has attracted the attention of decidedly adult pop stars like Katy Perry and Britney Spears, opening for both artists on their recent tours. Nevertheless, a fun, claymation-like video for the song is currently running on ZuiTube.

Is it any good?

It's easy to see why this song would appeal to kids as well as grown-ups like Britney Spears and Katy Perry: the tune has a cheery synthesizer tone that draws kids in but also sounds similar to some of the other adult alterna-pop music that's come out of France from bands like Tahiti 80. Still, it's a bit too cutesy to go very far on the mainstream adult charts, with some circus-like sections that will likely be too much of a stretch for anyone other than young children.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What messages can both kids and adults take from this song about "dreaming" and having fun despite all the seriousness in the world?

  • Why would more adult musicians like Britney Spears and Katy Perry be into Sliimy's music as well?

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