"Acapella" (CD single)

Common Sense Media says

Upbeat single reveals a much more kid-friendly Kelis.

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What parents need to know

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

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."

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 July 23, 2012
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acapella cd single

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?
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old December 24, 2010
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5
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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 "symphony".
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byILoveView June 27, 2010
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2
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This song srsly sucks!

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