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Welcome to the Dollhouse
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 is the group hand-picked by Diddy in MTV's Making the Band 3. That means they are not accurate representatives of the normal female population and their vocal talent takes back seat. There's lots of sexual innuendo, heavy breathing, and some bad girl talk, but most of the language stays fairly clean.
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What's the story?
Is it any good?
WELLCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE might be marketed as sexy dance music, but there's more than just dancing going on in the minds of these girls. The belly-baring, extension-wearing ladies of Danity Kane do possess some vocal talent -- and some of it even manages to shine through the sexual innuendo, heavy dance beats, and talk of being addicted to or needing a man. The first two tracks are the best musically: "Bad Girl" with its very iffy subject matter is upbeat, and "Damaged" is catchy, but with borderline lame lyrics ("Do you got a first aid kit handy?/Do you know how to patch up a wound?"). After that, it pretty much goes stagnant, with repetitive haughty harmonies, ordinary hip-hop beats, and some more heavy breathing. Diddy may have been trying to recreate another En Vogue or Destiny's Child, but he ended up with a wannabe Pussycat Dolls.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Making the Band as a concept. Do you think the show makes Danity Kane more successful because they're promoted so heavily on TV? Do you think fans prefer real or "homegrown" groups, as opposed to those who are hand-picked, primped, and put together by some big shots at a record company?