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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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DeGraw's debut album is original, emotional.

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Positive Messages

He seems like a really nice guy.


It's all about the romance.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One song, "Chemical Party," has drug and drinking references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD manages to deal with love, lust, loss, and hope without relying on four-letter words or sexist posturing, and the music is supported by a stellar cast of studio-smart pros.

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Adult Written byChariot April 9, 2008
Adult Written bytaytaychk08 April 9, 2008

I must sing along

I love Gavin DeGraw. He's so talented and he obviously knows what he's doing. Unlike other artists his songs don't all sound extremely similar. G... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Gavin DeGraw is a bright new talent whose debut CD, CHARIOT, is likely to get under your skin and stay there for a while. An accomplished pianist, DeGraw drives his original tunes with tasteful, dramatic playing and a raw, emotional vocal style. The songs are romantic, honest, and more than a bit clichéd. All are more interesting instrumentally than lyrically. But DeGraw manages to talk about love, lust, loss, and hope without relying on four-letter words or sexist posturing, and he is supported by a stellar cast of studio-smart pros: Joey Waronker of Beck and R.E.M. fame on drums, Michael Ward of the Wallflowers on guitar, and veteran bassist Alvin Moody. They all help to make CHARIOT very easy to listen to.

Is it any good?

The main attraction, DeGraw himself, appears to be a sincere and sincerely nice guy with a big heart and good intentions. His raspy, bluesy voice makes the listener feel as though he's baring his heart in a very personal way, telling intimate stories about his life and loves. When combined with support from the other musicians on the CD, it works like a charm.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether they think DeGraw's mom made him practice the piano while the other kids TP'd the police station. If so, it paid off big time. In other words, discuss the benefits of taking music lessons seriously.

Music details

  • Artist: Gavin DeGraw
  • Release date: July 22, 2003
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: Indie Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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