2004 Grammy Nominees

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some great songs here, but check it out first.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

There are some sexist lyrics, some questionably racist ones, too.

Violence

Some references to gang violence.

Sex

There's some explicit sexuality on a few of the songs in this compilation, including Outkast's "The Way You Move".

Language

There's a sprinkling of offensive words.

Consumerism

The whole CD is a TV tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few drinking and drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that because it's a compilation of Grammy-nominated songs, this CD has no cohesive theme. Some of the songs are explicitly sexual, for example; others are sweet and sentimental. The only common ground is that they're all familiar hits, which may defuse the shock value of those songs with stronger lyrics. Bottom line: Parents may want to do a bit of editing for younger kids.

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What's the story?

You won't find many CDs that include lyrics like "Drip drip drop there goes an orgasm..." (Outkast's "The Way You Move") within 5 minutes of "If I could get another chance, another walk, another dance with him--I'd play a song that would never never end--how I'd love love love to dance with my father again" (Luther Vandross, "Dance With My Father"). Along with Vandross' sentimental song on 2004 GRAMMY NOMINEES are a few other heart-tuggers: Warren Zevon's "Keep Me in Your Heart for a While" is an exquisite, understated farewell. And the Eagles offer "Hole In the World," a sentimental anthem about the 9/11 tragedy. Other offerings are more frivolous, catchy, and danceable ("Crazy In Love," for example, by Beyonce with Jay-Z; "Work It," by Missy Elliott).

Is it any good?

For anyone who moans about the boring sameness of today's pop music, this CD of Grammy nominees will be an eye-opener. The album stands as living proof that there is at least a bit more liveliness and diversity in pop music than we tend to think, and that sometimes good works are genuinely rewarded. No matter what you think of specific lyrics, all of these songs have one thing in common -- excellence. Each is beautifully crafted, produced with care, and performed with passion. Not to mention that the sheer variety of songs makes the CD a lot of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes for a song worth of a Grammy Nomination? Is it a mix of the music, the writing, energy level, cohesion, and so on?

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