2005 Grammy Nominees

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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It was a very good year for music.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

It's really all about the music.

Violence

Nothing to worry about.

Sex

Some sexual innuendo here and there.

Language

Edited versions of the harder-core material eliminate offensive language.

Consumerism

Commercial by definition with awards-show tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing to worry about.

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.

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Adult Written bylizrose April 9, 2008

Nice variety of good music

My kids (10 and 13) enjoyed the Grammy cd for this year. We got in to a very interesting discussion about the words to one song "Let's get it started.... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMeggie_94 April 9, 2008

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes these songs worthy of a Grammy nominaton. Also, do you think some musicians record music in the hopes of winning an award, or is it a more personal expression?

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