A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this album touches on several gown-up subjects such as immigration, urban violence, prostitution, and war, but does so with maturity and intelligence. The lyrics never tread into the obscene or vulgar realm.
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What's the story?
CARNIVAL VOL. II: MEMOIRS OF AN IMMIGRANT is the long-awaited sequel to 1997's The Carnival. Although Wyclef Jean put out other albums in between, he has come full circle with this electrifying mix of eclectic world sounds (rock, reggae, hip-hop, and soca soul) to create a classic. There are some racy lyrics, but they're smart and don't overshadow the intoxicating blend of music and overall intent of the album. In \"Fast Car\" hip-hop and an acoustic guitar make for a haunting duet with legend Paul Simon (\"when that fast car picks you up/you will have no choice/you may hear the tires scream/but you will have no voice/when that fast car picks you up/you will meet that smile and see heaven in the headlights mile after mile\").
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about artists breaking out on their own and being successful. Is it better to keep your band's sound, create your own, or blend the two together? How do you market yourself differently? Families can also talk about some of the CD's themes. What could make someone resort to violence or prostitution? What could or should be done to change that?