Artist(s): Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City
Label: Universal Republic
Release Date: 06/26/2012
Edited Version Available: Yes
Parental Advisory: No
Other Choices: Overexposed, Believe, Let It Shine Soundtrack
Common Sense Says: Fun-filled pop song is clean but bland.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that like its name suggests, the single "Good Time" is about hanging out and having fun. With no profanity or references to substance use, sex, or violence, the tune is one of the cleaner party-focused pop choices. It does feature a few lines about irresponsible actions, like dropping a phone in a pool and sleeping all day, but overall it's a fine choice for tweens and teens.
- Families can talk about having fun. What is your definition of a good time?
- Can you have fun without a computer, phone, or other electronic gadget? What are some activities that don't revolve around being plugged in?
- What do you think of the collaboration between Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City? Does it work? How do their different musical styles mesh?
What's the story?
"GOOD TIME," a collaboration between neo-popster Owl City (aka Adam Young) and singer Carly Rae Jepsen (of "Call Me Maybe" fame), is the first single from Young's fourth album, The Midsummer Station. The straightforward track is focused on hitting the party scene and having fun.
Is it any good?
Owl City is known for having an innovative sound, so it's surprising that this track sounds like it could be a synth-pop song from just about anyone. The lack of inspiration is especially ironic given the tune's upbeat lyrics. Still, fans of the bubbly Jepsen will probably embrace it, as will other young people looking for a fun party tune.
The Good Stuff
Messages: Though the song includes a couple of light messages about acting irresponsibly ("Slept in my clothes like I didn't care ... Freaked out, dropped my phone in the pool again"), it's mostly about just having some carefree fun.
Role Models: Encourages listeners to have fun and enjoy life.
What to watch out for
Violence Not an issue
Sex: Not an issue
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Mentions Prince.
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue