A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the theme of this pop album from the runner-up of American Idol is relationships and all that they entail -- heartbreak, longing, breaking up, and even celebrity crushes. (Lewis has admitted to a crush on actress Natalie Portman and sings about it in "Know My Name.") The songs speak of mostly innocent feelings about love and contain nothing offensive.
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What's the story?
Blake Lewis has made no secret of his short attention span, so it's no surprise that the abbreviation for his CD matches that of Attention Deficit Disorder. And that lack of focus sort of invades AUDIO DAY DREAM with a little bit of funky new wave here, old-school hip-hop there, and soulful dance floor ditties thrown in the mix. But the mix seems to work. Backup vocals from *NSYNC'S Chris Kirkpatrick on "She's Makin' Me Lose It" and Lewis' own unique spin on the classic "Puttin' on the Ritz" melody round out the interesting selection and delivery of tunes.
Is it any good?
The album mixes it up with many different music styles, but they somehow play together well. Lewis showcases his talent whenever he steps out of his comfort beat-boxing zone as in ballads "How Many Words," "Without You," and "End of the World." This is a decent debut from an Idol favorite.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the phenomenon of American Idol contestants releasing huge-selling albums. Do you think Blake Lewis would have made it on his own, without the benefit of exposure on the popular TV show? How does the show mold its artists? Families can also talk about Lewis' choice of an album title. Why did he choose it? And why did he use the acronym? What does it have to do with Lewis or the CD?