Girl Authority

Girl Authority

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Appealing to a very specific audience (pre-teen girls), the self-titled debut by Girl Authority is a selection of popular songs (all originally performed by women, except for Smokey Robinson & the Miracles' "Shop Around") covered by a group of girls between the ages of eight and 13. Besides the fact that many of the songs are thematically inappropriate for kids (SHeDAISY's "Don't Worry "Bout a Thing," for example, which talks about the pains of divorce, among other things), the cheesiness of the entire record, from the almost-exact replica of the original to the editing of raunchy lyrics to something more fitting for ten-year-olds (not that this is a bad thing: it would be more disturbing to hear a little girl singing "you wanna be up under me," from Alicia Keys' "Karma" than Girl Authority's version "you wanna be a part of me"), is nearly too much to bear. The songs on Girl Authority aren't bad in themselves: hits from Madonna, Joan Jett, and ABBA have all withstood the test of time and popularity, but the semi-talented yet extremely puerile interpretations, with the intermittent giggling and nasally tag-team-like vocals do the originals no justice. Yes, children should have music that is appropriate for them, to which they can sing along and enjoy, but Girl Authority does not provide such music. Perhaps the album was meant for pajama-party singalongs that end in giggling pillow fights, but there are plenty of songs that kids can listen to as originals, without having to bother with corny, forced interpretations.

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