Artist(s): The Script, will.i.am
Release Date: 01/23/2013
Edited Version Available: Yes
Parental Advisory: No
Other Choices: Greatest Hits - Chapter One, "Girl on Fire" (CD Single), "Firework" (CD single)
Common Sense Says: Clean, upbeat track about working hard to achieve goals.
Common Sense Rates It:
Parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Hall of Fame" is a super-clean and positive track about working hard to reach your dreams. It lacks explicit content of any kind, with no profanity, sex, violence, substance use, or consumerism. It's a terrific choice for tweens, teens, and adults alike, though parents should note that that there are some religious references ("You could talk to God ... you could walk straight through hell").
- Families can talk about the main theme of this song -- that achieving dreams is as much about hard work as anything else. Do you agree with this idea?
- What's your proudest accomplishment in life so far, and how did you accomplish it?
- Describe a goal you currently have, and your plan for achieving it.
What's the story?
Irish rockers The Script go for their goals on "HALL OF FAME," the first single from their third full-length album, #3. The group gets an assist on the track from will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas. It's the second formal partnership for will.i.am and The Script frontman Danny O'Donaghue: the two serve together as judges on the UK version of the TV show, The Voice.
Is it any good?
On this track, lead singer O'Donaghue's vocals are reminiscent of another musical reality show participant: Kris Allen, the Season 8 winner of American Idol. Both performers are solid if not spectacular performers who know how to record a radio-friendly, chart-climbing song.
The Good Stuff
Messages: Messages like striving to achieve your dreams and working hard to attain your goals are threaded throughout this positive track.
Role Models: The strongest role models put in the hard work necessary to accomplish great things.
What to watch out for
Violence & scariness: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: Not an issue
Language: References to "God" and "hell."
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Not an issue