Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Mostly positive messages amongst musical mush.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 30 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A few harsh statements about relationships.


Obligatory American Idol tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song "Addicted" uses the metaphor of drugs to describe being in love.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kelly Clarkson's songs are full of powerful emotions -- most of which result from relationships gone bad or relationships gone good. The lyrics are intense (Your eyes they sparkle/That's all changed into lies that drop like acid rain/You washed away the best of me/You don't care), but are relatively harmless. The song "Addicted" uses the metaphor of drugs to describe being in love.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydrumin2heavn April 9, 2008

Gives me chills

I would buy this only to listen to Breakaway. Her voice is simply amazing. Love it!
Adult Written byTannersMom927 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old February 12, 2011

Good for tweens!

Musical mush? Not really!

My favorite songs on the album are breakaway, behind these hazel eyes...

I cannot see much wrong with it!

Breakaway is a very inspi... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicprincess101 January 17, 2011

the most amazing album ever, by a great artist too

My favorite CD ever!!!!! I fell in love with the CD in second grade and still can't stop singing her songs! Some mild language ('I cry in the middle o... Continue reading

What's the story?

On BREAKAWAY's title track, Kelly Clarkson sings \"I'll make a wish/take a chance/make a change/and break away.\" If only she'd taken these words to heart on her second full-length album, and taken a few more musical risks. The CD starts out with three strongly produced tracks, featuring tasteful electric guitar and a smidge of actual rock & roll sensibility. But by \"Because of You\" (Track 4), our well-loved Idol nestles back into her comfy reality-show roots with the overwrought, oversung, overproduced spoon-fed schlock that America's idolizing TV audience has come to expect, and has even grown to love. There's nothing actually wrong with Breakaway -- the songs deliver some positive, if predictable, girl-empowering messages.

Is it any good?

The singing is histrionic but terrific, making it clear that Kelly Clarkson has some real talent and is even growing some as an artist. But it's hard to listen to this CD and find that much of anything sticks with you afterwards. If music is meant to feed the soul, then Breakaway is definitely a dessert, and a low-fat, low-carb one at that -- looks great, but doesn't really satisfy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all aspects of relationships. How can you deal with heartbreak? How can you move on after a breakup? What does it mean to stand strong -- in a relationship and on your own?

Music details

  • Artist: Kelly Clarkson
  • Release date: November 30, 2004
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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