American Idol: Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs

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Sugary love songs that don't hold their own.

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What parents need to know

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Sexy stuff

Even though these are love songs, none of them mention anything that's overtly sexual.

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Consumerism

Some might view this CD as an ad for the TV show.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is full of sappy, risk-free love songs.

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What's the story?

There's no doubt that the young contestants on American Idol are talented. There's also no doubt that these vibrant performers deserve to be working with some material that lets them express their unique personalities. On AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 2: ALL-TIME CLASSIC AMERICAN LOVE SONGS, a few of the singers breathe new life into their songs (Julia Demato's jaunty interpretation of Etta James' soulful "At Last" is refreshing, as is Trenyce's spirited take on Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"), but most play it safe and stick with tried-and-true arrangements. For example, Ruben Stoddard's rendition of "Superstar" impressively showcases his velvety voice, but doesn't allow his lovable personality that inspired millions to vote him the second American Idol to shine through.

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Unless your kids are diehard fans of the TV show, it's unlikely that they'll voluntarily sit through schmaltzy ballads and Muzak favorites such as "Open Arms," "Three Times a Lady" and "On the Wings of Love." Also, for an album of love songs, there are some odd choices. "Over the Rainbow" isn't a particularly romantic song, nor is the bonus track of "God Bless the U.S.A. (Proud to Be an American)." Bottom line: American Idol addicts will enjoy the CD, but there's not much for everyone else.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what it means to be an idol. Ask your kids what goes into becoming a "superstar" or being "discovered." It's a common fantasy that sometimes needs a reality check. Also, many of the songs are covers of original classics -- this might be a great way for you to introduce your kids to the music you know and love.

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:April 29, 2003
Label:RCA
Genre:Compilation
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008
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Good for Idol fans

I am an American Idol fanatic so I enjoy this, but others may not. The songs are mostly ballads, and if you aren't a fan of the person singing them, you will get bored quickly. There are some highlights, such as Kimberley Locke's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow, which ironically isn't a love song. Nothing offensive.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 4, 2012
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american idol season 2 all time classic american love songs

Families can talk about what it means to be an idol. Ask your kids what goes into becoming a "superstar" or being "discovered." It's a common fantasy that sometimes needs a reality check. Also, many of the songs are covers of original classics -- this might be a great way for you to introduce your kids to the music you know and love
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Too much consumerism

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