All I Ever Wanted

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Idol gives honest yet clean account of teen ups and downs.
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Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 23 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of minor references to drinking in songs like "I Do Not Hook Up": "Oh Sweetheart / Put the bottle down / You've got too much talent."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Clarkson's lyrics address her audience in relatable terms without using swear words or giving graphic sexual descriptions. This approach will help teens absorb the (mostly) healthy messages in her lyrics, where she doesn't sugarcoat the heartache that teens sometimes feel, and ultimately encourages them not to settle for unhealthy romantic situations.

User Reviews

Parent of a 4, 6, and 9 year old Written byAniF February 18, 2010

Addictive anthems

My 9 year old and I both love Kelly - she's a talented singer and songwriter and has spoken out in the media against society's body-obsession. The son... Continue reading
Parent of a 12 year old Written bytealsweety July 16, 2009

kelly

i love this album its the best!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byZarah November 12, 2010

I Love It :)

Love this cd, In my opinion it's her best. All of the songs rock and I think it's great for all ages!
Teen, 15 years old Written bynewmoonwolves January 28, 2010
Kelly Clarkson has done it again. This is a great album and I do not hook up is one of the best songs ever. She is a good role model showing kids to follow thei... Continue reading

What's the story?

With ALL I EVER WANTED, original American Idol Kelly Clarkson aspires for the highs she experienced early in her career, bringing back the producers -- Dr. Luke and Max Martin -- behind her previous hits. Though the first single, "My Life Would Suck Without You," presents a somewhat troubling picture of a girl who can't let go of a bad boyfriend, other songs like "All I Ever Wanted" and "I Do Not Hook Up" once again portray the strong, self-assured girl we met in prior Clarkson hits. Combined with additional puppy-love cuts such as "I Want You," these songs are a relatively clean musical rendition of all the ups and downs endured by the average young adult, making the CD a good one for teens who need the comfort of knowing someone out there understands their feelings.

Is it any good?

It's been a rollercoaster ride for Clarkson: after winning Idol and a subsequent Grammy for her enticing pop sound, she fell out favor with critics and fans following her last harder-edged CD, My December. All I Ever Wanted is a super catchy combination of both styles. The pop sensibilities of tunes like "I Can't Have You" will appeal to her die-hard fan base, while "Whyyawannabringmedown" and other rock-infused tracks show Clarkson breaking away from the bubblegum-pop formula that permeates so much of today's young-adult music. Not only do these songs sound good, but their lyrics (with the exception of "My Life Would Suck Without You") manage to deliver effective messages about healthy relationships without moralizing. Parents who want strong relationships for their teens would do well to buy them this CD.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the various relationship scenarios that Clarkson presents and how those scenarios relate to their teens' lives. What would make someone alternately like and dislike their boyfriend or girlfriend? Can you think of five things you can do to help yourself get over a breakup?

Music details

  • Artist: Kelly Clarkson
  • Release date: March 10, 2009
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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