"Beautiful Day" (CD single)

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Idol winner's first release is super-safe and sweet.

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Positive Messages

"Stop and smell the roses" could be the theme for this single, with lines that inspire listeners to slow down and see the world that's right in front of them: "See the world in green and blue, see China right in front of you, see the canyons broken by cloud, see the tuna fleets clearing the sea out."

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song speaks about determination and seeing the good in life even when things aren't going your way. "You thought you'd found a friend, to take you out of this place, someone you could lend a hand, in return for grace. It's a beautiful day, sky falls, you feel like, it's a beautiful day, don't let it get away."

Violence
Sex

"Touch me, take me to that other place" is the only line that implies any type of sexuality.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know there's nothing to worry about with this Idol winner's cover of the U2 hit song. In fact, the song may very well inspire young fans with its thoughtful sentiment and positive outlook. 

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Kid, 10 years old June 12, 2010

Hate this song, but good for all ages

There is no "off" or "iffy" area in the bar. It's all "on". Great for all ages, but I don't like it.

What's the story?

Lee DeWyze is currently reveling in his American Idol Season 9 win. "BEAUTIFUL DAY" marks his first release as the Idol champ. The song covers U2's 2000 hit off of their album All That You Can't Leave Behind. Avid viewers of AI should recognize the song from DeWyze's TV performances.

Is it any good?

It's tough to compete against a mega-star like U2's Bono, but DeWyze pulls off a smooth interpretation of the classic pop-rock hit. His innocuous vocals keep the song from becoming overly sentimental, and his harmonies and range seem perfectly suited to commercial success. With a dense backdrop of instrumentals and back-up vocals, fans of the original song will find a new, more lavish treatment that's sure to inspire a good mood.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that advertising is used on American Idol. What unique ways has the show worked ads into the broadcast? Do you think sneaking these ads into the program creates a more persuasive form of advertising than a traditional commercial?

  • What lessons can you learn from this year's Idol winner? Do you think DeWyze had to persevere and overcome personal obstacles to get to this point? Does his personal story and those of the other finalists inspire you?

  • Talk about how DeWyze's image differs from that of today's popular music stars. Do you think a singer can become successful if he doesn't have an incredibly flashy image and in-you-face sex appeal?

Music details

  • Artist: Lee DeWyze
  • Release date: May 27, 2010
  • Type: Single
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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