American Idol: Season 4: The Showstoppers

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
American Idol: Season 4: The Showstoppers Music Poster Image
Good singing, but not much more.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

They play it REALLY safe!

Language
Consumerism

Obvious TV tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that content-wise, there is nothing to worry about, so the whole family can listen to this one.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
Teen, 14 years old Written bybandgeekl April 9, 2008

For All American Idol lovers!

This is a great CD. You can hear your favorite contestant from season 4 at their best. American Idol fans will love this CD!
Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly November 11, 2009

Amazing!

Awesome CD! My favorites are Jessica Sierra's Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Anthony Fedorov's Everytime You Go Away, Scott Savol's Against All Odds... Continue reading

What's the story?

AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 4: THE SHOWSTOPPERS sounds like a very good night at your local karaoke bar. A dozen exceptional singers strut their stuff on standards, over instrumental tracks most often arranged to sound like the original versions of the songs. Everyone is a little too \"on\" -- flashy vocal acrobatics abound when occasional understatement might be more effective -- but all deliver fine performances of predictable pop. No one brings anything personal or original to the table, and that's a shame, because these kids really can sing.

Is it any good?

If you like American Idol, and engage in voting for your favorites, you'll probably enjoy this album. But these familiar songs performed by copycats will sound a little "off" if you love the originals -- no matter how well performed these versions are. If you don't care about Anwar, Nikko, Scott, Carrie, or Bo, though, leave this one on the store rack.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the differences between each singer's styles. Even though they stem from the same show, how do they maintain their own sound? Is there a common way that each American Idol protégé approaches a song?

Music details

  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Release date: May 17, 2005
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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