A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD offers 21 songs by the cream of 2005's crop -- edited (when necessary) so that younger children can listen with the big kids.
What's the story?
If you are sometimes cynical about the Grammy Awards, viewing the nominated artists as nothing more than instruments of music-industry hype, consider the songs on the 2005 GRAMMY NOMINEES album. They mostly seem deserving of the honor, and the CD ends up being a terrific contemporary music sampler. Family-appropriate highlights include "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones; "Heaven" by Los Lonely Boys; Brian Wilson's blast-from-the-past, "Good Vibrations"; and Green Day's "American Idiot." But the most family-dance-party fun-filled track is "Monkey to Man" by Elvis Costello & the Imposters, with its goofy retro "Alley-Oop" feel.
Is it any good?
Edited versions of popular explicit songs make this CD family-safe, so younger kids can listen with their older siblings to popular rap artists like Kanye West, Green Day, and the Black Eyed Peas; parents may have varying feelings about whether this is a good thing or a bad thing. Overall, excellent musicianship and great performances make this compilation a winner.