Chain Letter

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Will the real Brooke Valentine please stand up?

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What parents need to know

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.

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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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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.

Music details

Artist:Brooke Valentine
Release date:April 12, 2005
Label:Virgin Records
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bylugo April 9, 2008
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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 forward to due to they have already just about seen it all.
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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I love this CD

I love this album because it stands out from other CD's. This album rocks and those song stay in your head all day and that's a good thing. I hope her other CD's will be outstanding like this one.
Teen, 16 years old Written bycrazdmblond April 9, 2008
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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 want to see. she has fallen into that temtation and has given herself to her fans.

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