Because I Can

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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There's a mighty big chip on this girl's shoulder.

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

Positive Messages

This whole CD is an anthem to teenage depression.


Some references to violence against women.


A few references to pornography.


Pretty clean.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that no 16-year-old should have to be this cynical and sad.

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What's the story?

Katy Rose is a precocious 16-year-old with a rock & roll pedigree (dad was in Poco, mom was a backup singer). BECAUSE I CAN is a perfectly listenable but very derivative-sounding collection of songs by a young artist who is just beginning to find her way. Most striking is the \"I've seen it all\" cynicism in songs written by someone so young; what is intended (and heavily promoted) as musical sophistication comes off sounding a little creepy and sad, once you realize this kid is only 16. But perhaps other teenagers might listen and feel understood, or be inspired to write their own songs.

Is it any good?

Rose can sing, and she can write her way around a clever phrase or two. It's just all so overwrought and overdone that it's hard to take the whole album seriously. It will be interesting to check in on Katy Rose after she has a few more years of real life under her belt.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the cynicism of these songs and how they reflect the danger of growing up too fast -- you know, all that "stop and smell the roses" stuff. Do you think that writing the songs might help ease the cynicism?

Music details

  • Artist: Katy Rose
  • Release date: January 27, 2004
  • Labels: BMG, V2 Records
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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