Chain Letter

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Will the real Brooke Valentine please stand up?

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some racist words are used.

Violence

Some violent sentiment.

Sex

Some explicitly sexual words, and a lot of innuendo.

Language

Enough four-letter words to earn a "parental advisory" warning.

Consumerism

No brand names -- very commercial sound.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the four-letter words on this album seem gratuitous; could they possibly have been contrived for the purpose of earning a Parental Advisory sticker? In this case, they add nothing but jarring counterpoint to the artist's baby-doll voice.

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Adult Written bylugo April 9, 2008

put some cloths on

The problem with all the singers and rap artists are that they show way too much of there bodies (espectially girls). They dont leave the boys anything to look... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byQueenOfNowhere34 April 9, 2008

Well....

I like this CD because...... It's different than anything i heard before in a while. This became one of my favorite CD's ever after i got listening to... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bycrazdmblond April 9, 2008

trash

she is a good singer but shows to much of her body, but i guess to be popular now days you have to give give guys what they want, and show them all that they wa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Brooke Valentine's voice evokes a young Diana Ross without the benefit of a brilliant producer's (Berry Gordy's) clear aesthetic vision. CHAIN LETTER is musically all over the place. What may be meant to come across as versatility ends up sounding like a mish-mash of styles performed by a talented young woman in dire need of some thoughtful production. The musical high points also happen to be the bits that will make parents cringe the most: cameos by Li'l Jon and Big Boi from Outkast; the songs \"Girlfight\" (infectious and danceable) and \"I Want You Dead\" (let's be honest -- we've all felt that way at times). But there just aren't enough high points, nor enough consistent sound or vision, to make this a great album.

Is it any good?

Brooke Valentine's voice, unfortunately, isn't nearly as versatile as her wide swath of musical choices, and as a result some songs are far more successful than others. Even worse, most of the tracks suffer from tediously uninspired arrangements. The artist's breathy, baby-doll voice is pretty, but not forceful enough to make up for a whole lot of insipid instrumentation.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not girls still feel like they have to talk like the bad boys in order to be taken seriously.

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