Approximately four years after the release of her then latest album, Just Dance, veteran thespian, dancer, singer, and family music entertainer Twinkle will release her fourth album, It’s OK to Be Me Friday. Audiences of varying ages and backgrounds will find Twinkle’s forthcoming album interesting in large part because of its general presentation. This will be discussed shortly. In examining the album a little deeper, those audiences will find the record’s musical arrangements just as appealing as the album’s general presentation. They will be examined a little later. The lyrical themes that accompany the album’s musical arrangements round out the album’s most important elements and will also be discussed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the album. All things considered, they make the album a unique addition to this year’s field of new family music albums.
Twinkle’s forthcoming album It’s OK to Be Me is a presentation that will appeal widely to audiences of varying ages and backgrounds. That is due in no small part to its general presentation. The presentation is important to address because Twinkle presents the album not once but twice over. The first time, it is presented in English and the second in her native language, Spanish. This is so important to note because it shows a clear effort on the part of Twinkle to yes, reach audiences who speak each language, but also a recognition that even here in the United States, there are so many people who speak some Spanish dialect. So it shows a conscious effort by Twinkle to show respect toward that diversity. Twinkle and all involved in the album’s presentation are to be commended for that directed effort to promote and respect cultural diversity in this aspect. Speaking of that diversity, it plays into the album’s lyrical themes, which will be discussed later. Before moving on to the album’s lyrical content though, the attention must first be turned to the album’s musical arrangements.
The musical arrangements featured in It’s OK to Be Me are important because they in themselves are diverse. The diversity comes in their sounds and stylistic approaches. Staying on that note, Twinkle has been and is being marketed as the children’s answer to Lady Gaga. However, in listening to the diversity in the album’s musical arrangements such comparison is not fully telling. Yes, there is some pop style music featured in these arrangements here. However, there are also many more pop rock style compositions here than pure pop style works. To that end, audiences can just as easily make comparison to works from the likes of Pink as to Lady Gaga. That comparison is made obvious right from the outset of the 23-minute record (each 14-song run of the album is 23 minutes, so that is the run time being used here) in the form of the album’s title track. The use of the rock style instrumentation, the electronics, and Twinkle’s vocal delivery makes that clear. It is even clearer in the slightly later entry, ‘Keep It Movin’. In reality, the closest that Twinkle comes to a Lady Gaga comparison in this record comes even later in ‘Love.’ Even that song is a stretch in terms of such comparison. ‘Mask It Up’ takes audiences back to the golden age of funk and R&B in its arrangement, meanwhile, while ‘Together’ presents its own unique presentation. There is a certain 80s pop sensibility to this song’s arrangement. So again, there is plenty of variety and diversity in the album’s musical arrangements. That variety and diversity is certain to engage and entertain audiences in itself, but to call Twinkle the Lady Gaga of family music is really incorrect. That is, again in listening to this record, which even includes some rapping to enhance some of the songs. Keeping all of this in mind, the album’s musical arrangement prove to do more than enough to make the record successful, too. Keeping them in mind with the impact of the record’s dual presentation, the album proves even more of a success. They are, collectively, still just a part of what makes the album work so well. The lyrical themes that accompany the record’s musical arrangements are important to the presentation, too.
The lyrical themes that are featured alongside the album’s musical arrangements are important to examine because they are diverse in their own right. For the most part, the record’s overarching theme is that of self-confidence. Right from the album’s outset, she reminds listeners that they should take pride and confidence in themselves, no matter what others might think. She makes that especially clear in the interlude, “Be The Flamingo,” in which she openly tells her audiences, “Always march to the beat of your own drum…celebrate your individuality, your uniqueness, and most importantly, accept all humankind for their differences.” If only humans would heed this familiar commentary. Speaking of the interlude, Twinkle follows each song with a spoken word style presentation that openly speaks on the lyrical content of its preceding companion work. Getting back on the topic at hand, Twinkle reminds her listeners to always do what we do in life with love in ‘Love’ and its companion interlude, ‘One Word,’ This shows again, that noted variety and diversity in the album’s lyrical themes. On yet another note, Twinkle encourages young listeners to wear their face coverings in ‘Mask Up’ and ‘For Humanity.’ So not only is Twinkle encouraging listeners to be proud of themselves in her new album, but she is also working to promote the greater good of the world in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. That is respectable in itself. It also shows once more, that noted variety and diversity in the album’s lyrical content. When all of this and the rest of the album’s lyrical content is considered together, no doubt is left as to the noted variety and diversity in said content. It does just as much to make the album successful as the album’s musical content and its general presentation. All things considered, they make the album a positive new offering from Twinkle.
Twinkle’s forthcoming album, It’s OK to Be Me is a presentation that is more than OK. It is a presentation that audiences of all ages and backgrounds will find appealing. That is proven in part through its general presentation. The general presentation is important to address because it shows a conscious effort on the part of Twinkle and all involved in the album’s creation, to reach out to as many audiences as possible. That effort in itself shows a respect for the diverse range of people who listen to her music. That in itself is well-deserving of applause. Speaking of diversity, the musical arrangements featured throughout the album are themselves diverse in sound and style. They are mostly more comparable to works from Pink than Lady Gaga, though. The lyrical content that accompanies the album’s musical arrangements is also diverse, touching on the diversity which the album (and Twinkle) respects, the nation’s current health situation, and more. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this record. All things considered, they make the album one of the best of this year’s new family music offerings.
It’s OK to Be Me is scheduled for release Friday through Twinkle’s own Twinkle Time Records. More information on the album is available along with all of Twinkle’s latest news at:
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