Blue Skies



DeGarmo's big voice is the star here.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Sometimes I feel like cryin', layin' down and dying" is as dark as this one gets.

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"Dr. Phil" is mentioned, as well as a couple of other brand names.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 2004 American Idol second-placer Diana DeGarmo has talent and spirit. But the songs on the CD veer all over the place.

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What's the story?

On BLUE SKIES, 17-year-old Diana DeGarmo twists her big strong voice around a variety of pop-rock musical styles with mixed results -- from sappy to spectacular. The most fun are silly little ditties like \"Then I Woke Up\" (\"I'm the one that you want/and the one you can't have/the girl that you call/that doesn't call back...and then I woke up\") and \"Boy Like You\" (\"We both know that you been cheating off my paper since the seventh grade/You know you did it/Don't go walking away/this is for every girl alive who's ever fallen for a boy like you\"). Most impressive are the corny full-tilt ballads that really show off this young woman's vocal range -- for example, \"Don't Cry Out Loud.\"

Is it any good?


Like the songs themselves, which careen from style to style with no musical consistency, the lyrics on this album veer wildly from playful to serious to ridiculously sentimental. Production and instrumental performances are slick and smooth, all carefully designed to showcase DeGarmo's voice. So whether you see Blue Skies as showcasing a young performer trying on a variety of musical styles just for fun, or as a project lacking necessary focus and musical integrity, you will remember DeGarmo's big beautiful voice.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the many different styles of singing by DeGarmo and discuss which style best suits her voice, and why.

Music details

Artist:Diana DeGarmo
Release date:December 7, 2004
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bykarate chop April 9, 2008

a good CD but does not satisfy...

Diana DeGarmo does a good job singing in this album, and most of the songs are good. she does a particularly good job on "Cardboard Castles" and "Boy Like You", although "Boy Like You" is rather vulgar in the sense that a girl is now repraoching her boyfriend for cheating on her then running back to her as he gets his heart broken. It could give young listners several ideas about how to break up with their future bf/gf's the wrong way. Plus, (no offense, Diana De Garmo), but "Dreams" sounds like a lullaby. Overall, this is a good CD to buy, there's hardly anything bad about it. but like i said, the album does not satisfy.
Teen, 16 years old Written bydancer917 April 9, 2008


I love the new Diana Degarmo CD. It's like she's even better than on American Idol! She can sing so good! I have been listening to it on my alarm in the morning, why I get ready, and every other time I can! It has a variety of songs and it's a good mix. Anyways... if you don't have Diana's new CD, you're missin out!
Teen, 16 years old Written bycrazy4movies April 9, 2008

amazing talent

Diana is idolized by many and I have to say great job on this masterpiece cd!I hope to see anothe cd.


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