Blue Skies

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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DeGarmo's big voice is the star here.

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Positive Messages

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

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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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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.
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... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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