American Idol: Season 9

Common Sense Media says

Idol's latest finalists cover clean, classic tunes.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In keeping with the show itself, most of the songs on this compilation contain positive, inoffensive messages about life and love.

Positive role models

These contestants have shown themselves to be relatively drama-free in their personal lives.

Violence
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Sex

Nothing too sexy -- just some mild, indirect references, such as "take you to ecstasy."

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Consumerism

An ad for the TV show.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that AMERICAN IDOL: SEASON 9 is a collection of clean cover tunes by the top 10 finalists from the show's ninth season. Though the songs represent real releases by big-name artists including the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Chris Brown, and John Lennon, none of the tunes contain explicit adult content.

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What's the story?

In American Idol tradition, the show has released a compilation album -- aptly titled AMERICAN IDOL: SEASON 9 -- that contains cover songs by the top 10 finalists from the show's ninth season. For the most part, each contestant chose to cover the song that earned them high praise (from the judges and the crowd), resulting in an eclectic mix of tunes that includes artists as diverse as the Cornelius Brothers, Janis Joplin, Aerosmith, Chris Brown, and John Lennon. Despite their diverse styles, all of the tracks have one thing in common: super-clean lyrics.

Is it any good?

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Like every season of Idol, this one features some truly stand-out artists and others who are more forgettable. This makeup is clear on this compilation album, with exceptional performances by contestants like Lee Dewyze and Casey James -- who put their own strong, unique spins on well-known tunes -- and more karaoke-like renditions such as those by Aaron Kelly and Katie Stevens. Still, the album includes some surprises: out of all of her fantastic performances, powerhouse Crystal Bowersox chose to include the overdone "Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin, while the judges' punching bag, Tim Urban, gives a fun, reggae-tinged performance of the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why the finalists might have chosen to cover these particular songs. Did each Idol make the right choice -- or miss the mark?

  • In cases where an Idol seemed to make a wrong choice, what alternative could she or he have chosen?

Music details

Artist:Various Artists
Release date:May 11, 2010
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old August 3, 2010
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5
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Idol Fan

I loved this season! It was awesome! Go Lee!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 9 years old September 29, 2010
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8
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Really awesome album, season 9 was great

I loved this season and all of the finalists. This album sends positive messages about life, and it's pretty much the best feelgood album I own!
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old May 23, 2010
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6
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any age

I love idol I like how the contestants follow their dreams, and try hard to make them come true, for them and their families
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