Kidz Bop, Vol. 12

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By the time the 12th volume of the Kidz Bop series was released, the collections of kid-enhanced covers of pop hits were being released just as frequently -- and featured most of the same songs -- as the Now That's What I Call Music! series. Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 is especially on point when it comes to timely hits -- the cover of the summer jam of 2007, Rihanna's "Umbrella," arrived while the original was still topping the charts. True to the Kidz Bop formula, Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 features a handful of songs that aren't destroyed by having a chorus of kids singing along with them, and a lot more tracks that hold up a freaky funhouse mirror to the sexuality, materialism, and ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
By the time the 12th volume of the Kidz Bop series was released, the collections of kid-enhanced covers of pop hits were being released just as frequently -- and featured most of the same songs -- as the Now That's What I Call Music! series. Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 is especially on point when it comes to timely hits -- the cover of the summer jam of 2007, Rihanna's "Umbrella," arrived while the original was still topping the charts. True to the Kidz Bop formula, Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 features a handful of songs that aren't destroyed by having a chorus of kids singing along with them, and a lot more tracks that hold up a freaky funhouse mirror to the sexuality, materialism, and other very grown-up traits in most pop music. Covering Fergie's "Glamorous" -- which starts out with the rallying cry "If you ain't got no money take your broke self home!" -- is in questionable taste, as is the slew of brooding breakup songs like Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around Comes Around"; what was originally a lovelorn, slightly whiny ballad is more than a little unsettling with the Kidz Bop Kids singing "I know that you're livin' a lie." As with the other collections, Kidz Bop, Vol. 12 also has more than its fair share of earnest songs that aren't exactly inappropriate, but just sound wrong coming out of the mouths of babes; this time, it's Nickelback's "If Everyone Cared," the Fray's "How to Save a Life," and not one but two DAUGHTRY songs, "It's Not Over" and "Home," that get the Kidz Bop treatment. Even fellow American Idol alumnus Kelly Clarkson -- whose "Since U Been Gone" led to one of Kidz Bop's most genuinely joyous covers -- provides more fodder for dark and dismal covers on Kidz Bop, Vol. 12: her "Never Again" sounds bad coming from another singer, and even worse with the Kids backing her up. The collection isn't all doom and gloom, however; there are a few of the "what the -- ?" moments that have made the Kidz Bop series just as popular with some adults as with kids. The version of Gym Class Heroes' "Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America" approaches the deeply weird alternative rock covers that pop up in Kidz Bop's world from time to time, like Modest Mouse's "Float On." The Kidz Bop-ified "Beautiful Liar" is even stranger on a completely different level; the song is popular largely because it's Beyoncé and Shakira singing it, and replacing two of pop's most distinctive divas with two faceless ones is just plain odd needless to say, the poor Kidz Bop Kids are even more superfluous than usual. Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" and Gwen Stefani's "Sweet Escape" are two among a handful of tracks that actually work as songs that children could cover well and appropriately.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018915120
  • Catalog Number: 89151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Girlfriend (3:11)
  2. 2 The Sweet Escape (4:10)
  3. 3 It's Not Over (3:25)
  4. 4 Say It Right (3:20)
  5. 5 Never Again (3:31)
  6. 6 What Goes Around...Comes Around (3:56)
  7. 7 Umbrella (3:35)
  8. 8 Cupid's Chokehold/Breakfast in America (4:06)
  9. 9 Glamorous (3:14)
  10. 10 If Everyone Cared (3:08)
  11. 11 Beautiful Liar (2:45)
  12. 12 How to Save a Life (4:01)
  13. 13 Makes Me Wonder (3:31)
  14. 14 Don't Matter (4:00)
  15. 15 Boston (3:25)
  16. 16 With Love (3:05)
  17. 17 Ice Box (3:13)
  18. 18 Home (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kidz Bop Kids Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Williams Jr. Composer
Kara DioGuardi Composer
Craig Balsam Executive Producer
Cliff Chenfeld Executive Producer
Dan Layus Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for kids?

    According to the proud mom of 4, this is great for kids with the way lyrics are in songs "now a days." Hate to tell you, but these are songs from "now a days" and the lyrics are just as inappropiate, if not more so, when sung by children. Have you listened to Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend?" You're so delicious/I think about you all the time/You're so addictive/Don't you know what I can do to make you feel alright? At least they "Hey-hey-ed" over motherf-ing princess. Don't get me wrong--I like Avril and the CDs are fun, but any parent who thinks they are buying true kid music is deceiving themselves. Adult themes are prominant in many of the songs. You may want to listen before you buy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    horrible

    i cannot stand kids bop they suck so bad it makes me want to cry! why do they have to ruin the songs? why are they coping the artists? oh just because some have bad words all u have to do is get the clean version!duh!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Kidz Bop Murders Music!

    Kidz Bop is the stupidest thing I have ever heard. My advice is not to buy this album. Just because it has 'kids' singing doesn't mean it will be more enjoyable. In fact, kidz bop murders every single song on the track. What's more is that they barely sing. There is an older singer who sings the melody and the the kids basically just SHOUT the lines in the background. And for those of you parents who want to know if this is kid friendly, don't worry. It definitely is. Even when there ISN'T swear words of any kind, they still have to remove the words and place in new words that make no sense. To fully enjoy music, the lyrics should actually MAKE SENSE and some of the stuff they throw into songs doesn't. All these little kids obviously have no vocal talent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    kidz bob is AWFUL!!!!

    They so can not sing! They take good songs and totally reck them. So don't buy the cd it's just a waste of money!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great for Kids

    As a parent who is careful about what my children are exposed to, I recommend these cd's... I am an avid music lover, and would love to instill the same love of music in my kids. However, music "now a days" is exposing our youth to unnecessary language/scenarios/situations. I cringe when I change the radio stations and hear my kids sing along to verses that should not be repeated by anyone under 18! LOL Anyway these cd's allow my kids to hear recently released music without all the negative issues attatched.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    Outstanding

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    My kids love this. We like having a CD to play that has all our favorites we hear on the radio. Why would someone (like the other people that commented) buy this if they didn't have kids? That would be a little strange.

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