A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 21 is predominantly about one thing: romantic love. Every song discusses some facet of a relationship, from the strong beginning stages to devastating break-ups. Though there's certainly a lot of sadness and woe to be found in these songs, there's no explicit language or references to adult content like sex and substance use, making them OK for older tweens and teens.
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What's the story?
21 is the sophomore CD from Britain's rising vocal superstar Adele. The record includes 11 songs that all revolve in some way around love and romance, with many lyrics exploring the sadder side of relationships. While Adele doesn't use profanity or mature references, some of these tracks are heavy with the sorrow of a failed relationship, making them too intense for younger kids.
Is it any good?
This record starts out with fireworks, featuring two fast yet deeply soulful songs (the radio hit "Rolling in the Deep" and "Rumour Has It") that hit you at your core. However, things cool off rather quickly, with the remainder of the songs doing a good job of showing off Adele's fantastic vocals yet failing to ignite the same spark. One bright spot in later in the record: the excellent cover of The Cure's classic tune "Lovesong."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether having a laser focus on romantic relationships, as Adele does in this album, is a healthy approach to life. Why are there so many songs about love and relationships?
What messages do the songs on this album send about love and relationships?
How would you characterize Adele's musical style? How does her sound compare to other young female artists?
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