"Acapella" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Upbeat single reveals a much more kid-friendly Kelis.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

"Everything was the same, One color was just like the others, an assembly routine, my memories were all black and white." Kelis uses creative metaphors to describe how her life used to be.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Although Kelis credits someone else with her current happiness, the topic is covered maturely, with positive lines like "Till I stopped overthinking, decided to draw back the curtains, and I cleared all the cobwebs,
and began to let in the light."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is fine for tweens. It celebrates love and life in an optimistic manner, but doesn't get into any discussions of lust or sexuality. As a bonus, young listeners might get to learn what words like "acapella" and "symphony" mean. With many musical references, the song focuses on emotion, rather than sensuality, and the sentiment expressed here could really relate to any close relationship.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjlai559 March 26, 2010

Kelis looks to Guetta for a more house song

I am a big fan of Kelis and I am very happy that she is still abel to make music, because her last album flopped. With "Acapella" a more playful, happ... Continue reading
Written byAnonymous December 24, 2010

Best for little kids who don't know about the word "acapella"

5-year-olds will want to listen to this song. Parents, go ahead. The song is tame and perfect for anyone who needs to know the words "acapella" and... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byILoveView June 27, 2010

This song srsly sucks!

We're not part of the 60's now are we?

What's the story?

Kelis moves out of her R&B comfort zone with "ACAPELLA," an electronica-inspired release full of techno-effects and dance-club vocals. The song is the first to be released off of her upcoming sixth album, and is said to have been inspired by the birth of her son. In the trippy song, Kelis describes how her life has been completed and her perspective has been expanded thanks to a certain special person.

Is it any good?

Kudos to Kelis for taking a chance with a daring multi-dimensional sound that isn't your typical safe pop release. Kelis is sweet, soulful, but always in control here. The lyrics never get boring, and when Kelis's own experience in motherhood is factored into the sentiment, the song becomes all the more power and unexpected.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the controversy surrounding the break-up and on-again/off-again relationship of Kelis and Nas. Going through a well-publicized divorce and child support debate got the two in the news. What do you think about celebrity couples who fight like this?

  • Talk about life changes. Can someone make you feel differently about your life? Is your life richer because of friends and family? Do you feel better when you hang out with the people you care about, rather than just digitally chat?

  • What do you think about music that uses lots of electronic elements? Do you think it's easier to create a techno-heavy song, or is it just another way to create music? Do some artists rely too heavily on electronic production?

Music details

  • Artist: Kelis
  • Release date: March 9, 2010
  • Label: A&M Records
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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