Thankful

Common Sense Media says

Kelly Clarkson sings with authority and style.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Several songs depict romantic relationships in cynical fashion (for example, a two-timing boyfriend is verbally shot down in "You Thought Wrong.")

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some mild sexual innuendo (e.g., in "Miss Independent," Clarkson growls, "What is this feelin' takin' over? Thinkin' no one could open my door.")

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Obvious American Idol tie-in.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know there is little to worry about here, content-wise.

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Kids say

What's the story?

THANKFUL announces Kelly Clarkson's presence, if not as a full-fledged star, at least as a diva-in-waiting. Whether belting out up-tempo tracks or crooning a ballad, she sings with emotional depth and vocal range, and demonstrates the charm that propelled her to the top of the American Idol ballot box over a host of other contenders. In "Miss Independent," which Clarkson co-wrote with Christina Aguilera, she glissandos with the best of them, effortlessly hitting a different note for each syllable as she snarls, "But she mis-cal-cu-la-ted."

Is it any good?

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Clarkson shows her versatility in Thankful, backed by a stand-up bass, jazz style, and her range of several octaves in "Anytime." And while Clarkson owes a sizable debt to the album's top-heavy production staff, she is more than equal to the demands of the material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about working hard to keep what you have. American Idol gave Clarkson her start, but it doesn't guarantee her future. You can ask your kids what it takes to do well on your own and if Clarkson has enough talent and strength to stand strong.

Music details

Artist:Kelly Clarkson
Release date:April 15, 2003
Type:Album
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Worth the $

The first American Idol's debut album is very good. There are several catchy upbeat songs and some showstopping ballads as well. There is no profanity, sex or violence. I think that "Miss Independent" refers to love, not sex as the Common Sense review says. Although this is a Idol album, there are no TV tie-ins.

Teen, 16 years old Written bykellyfan101 April 9, 2008
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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 2, 2012
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thankful

production staff, she is more than equal to the demands of the material.Families can talk about working hard to keep what you have. American Idol gave Clarkson her start, but it doesn't guarantee her future. You can ask your kids what it takes to do well on your own and if Clarkson has enough talent and strength to stand strong.

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Great messages
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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