on March 6, 2011
The Chipmunks have been in our house since I was too young to remember it. My sister liked it first, but after I got a little older, I realized how cool they really are. So I was shocked in 2007 when I saw the TV advertisement for "Alvin and the Chipmunks". That's whem I started collecting DVDs and CDs from this group. Now, the Squeakquel is different because it has the totally awesome Chipettes in it. The Chipmunks would be nothing without their girls. But I never expected to see the Chipettes come on this strong. They sound GREAT!
However, I feel obligated to tell you that though they did some editing to make the famous songs on their album "kid friendly", they failed in some songs. Here are my opinions for each song:
1. You Really Got Me-The Chipmunks Featuring Honor Society
this song is cute and catchy. Some parts are even a little funny (like when one of the Honor Society guys went "Oh! Oh! Oh!" and he sounded like he was trying to be a chipmunk). It's not one of my favorite songs, though.
2. Hot N Cold-The Chipettes
Like 'You Really Got Me", this one also starts to get old kind of quickly. However, I like the way it is sung, and the initial Chipette sound is great. They also changed the inappropriate content to something really cute: "You change your mind like a girl changes clothes. You always dress like a chick. I would know."
3. So What-The Chipettes
Okay, so I really like the way this is sung. It's really catchy, and the way the squeaky voices fit with the background music is better than the original. But they didn't make it entirely kid friendly. Some things they were smart about, like cutting out the bad word and saying "Somody's gonna cry" instead of "Somebody's gonna die". But they also repeatedly say, "I'm gonna get in trouble, I wanna start a fight" and "you're a tool". The other reviewer who commented on the inappropriateness of this song was wrong about the line "I'm gonna drink my money". They say, "I'm gonna spend my money".
They also changed these things:
"I guess I just lost my BOYFRIEND" intsead of husband
"The waiter just took my table and gave it to David Seville. I guess I'll go sit with Simon. At least he is keepin it real."
"I'm goin to get in trouble, Alvin will start a fight." Intesd of my Ex
4. You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)-The Chipmunks
This song appears to be lyrically okay. My sister and I both love this song. It sounds so techno and bouncy. We love it.
5. Single Ladies (put a Ring on It)-The Chipettes
I like this version better than the original. It sounds fuller and more techno-like. The Chipettes say all the same things as the original artist except that they exchanged the bridge for Brittany singing the main chorus in a synthasizer. Some of the lyrics could be considered inappropriate, but the main meaning is encouraging. It basically means, "I need a commitment from you." Or "If you want ANYTHING from me, you have to marry me first." And I hope you know what I mean by ANYTHING. Now, whether or not little kids should be considering these ideas is something I can't say. Kids are dating younger and younger now-a-days. Maybe this is something that SHOULD ring in their ears.
6. Bring it On-The Chipmunks
Though this isn't my favorite song, it is pretty encouraging. It inspires you to get moving and stop procrastinating. And it is sung very well.
7. Stayin Alive-The Chipmunks
Again, not one of my favorite songs, but it's still good. The Chipmunks did this song in their cartoon years, and this is a nice update. The singing has more personality than the old version. And I'm glad I got a version of this song because it's basically a classic.
8. The Song-The Chipettes Featuring Queensberry
This song has an "out of this world" sound if you know what I mean. The Chipettes have this really nice harmony that echos. And I just love that part where those little voices say "You think I'm crazy Baby?" It's so cute in a professional way.
9. It's OK-The Chipmunks
This song is very fast, but when you listen closely, you realize how encouraging the words are! It basically says, "I know things are hard, just keep pushing through because if you make it through today, tomorrow will be better." It also encourages you to be strong and confident. If you look at this from a Christian perspective, it reminds you of the rewards you'll have in heaven. And it makes me think of having confidence in God.
10. Shake Your Groove Thing-The Chipmunks and Chipettes
Just because I know it's hard to tell the voices apart, the boys sing the first verse and the girls sing the second verse. The Chipmunks did this song on "Undeniable", and that version was more bouncy. They had a more crisp sound. But even though this one is a little slower, I like it because the Chipettes are in it, and Alvin and Brittany do some vocals together without the others. For those thinking about their kids, just know that one of the lines says, "Bad enough to strut our stuff". I don't know if it's a big deal, but I thought I'd let you know.
11. Put Your Records On-The Chipettes
I LOVE this version of the song! Those girls have so much personality to put into it, it's almost enough to make me cry. This is a good song for the Chipettes. I could just imagine Brittany and Eleanor saying all these things to Jeanette. This is 100% awesome.
12. I Want to Know what Love Is-The Chipmunks
I like the feeling in this song. It sounds so cute and innocent. It's just so slow that I don't listen to it as often as the other songs.
13. We Are Family-The Chipmunks and Chipettes
Again, they're hard to tell apart, so I'll tell you that the girls do the first verse and the boys do the second verse. In the chorus, the girls sing the first part that says "I got all my sisters with me." I like that the second time around, it switches to the boys, and they say, "I got all my brothers with me." It's so CUTE! The family values taught in this movie and album are just great.
14. No One-The Chipettes featuring Charice
This isn't my favorite song on the CD. The Chipettes don't really sing much. They're basically singing background (like Kidz Bop). But I still like the sound. Compared to the Kidz Bop version, this is pretty good.
15. I Gotta Feeling-The Chipmunks and Chipettes
This song is so complicated, I don't think I can tell you where the boys sing and where the girls sing. I really like this song. Though it's not actually in the movie, the album says it was inspired by the movie. Though it is really bouncy and fun, I suggest you buy the Kidz Bop version if you're looking for music for a young child. The Kidz Bop Kids changed the words. The Chipmunks repeatedly say "Oh My God" and "Look at her dancing. Just take it off." The Kidz Bop Kids say "Oh My Gosh" and "Look at her dancing. Just dance along."
You can ONLY get track 16 by downloading the mp3 album. It isn't included in the audio CD.
16. In the Family-The Chipmunks and Chipettes
The Chipmunks and Chipettes take turns singing about how they're there for each other. The boys call the girls sisters and the girls call the boys brothers. They talk about how even though they're not related, they became family and will treat each other like family. It's very cute and encouraging.
I'd recommend this CD to:
-People who enjoyed the movie
-Fans of Alvin and the Chipmunks and/or The Chipettes
-Fans of the special guests on this album
-Kids who won't be influenced by the lyrics
-Anyone looking for a fun and more lighthearted take on some very famous songs
on January 3, 2010
Whether you're a fan of the live-action movies or not, this CD is a must-own for any Chipmunks fan. It has fifteen songs and all of them are good. Hearing the Chippettes sing "Hot N' Cold" brings a big smile to my face, and the Chipmunks' version of "You Spin Me Right Round" is pretty awesome. You also get tracks that pair the Chipmunks with the Chippettes, including the two songs that they sing during the finale of the movie. As was the case with the soundtrack for the first film, this is a surprisingly strong CD, and one that I will probably end up listening to many times.