Mellow, sweet debut album about life and love.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Some allusions to sex and intimacy that'll probably go over the heads of younger kids ("...under the covers staying safe and warm/You give me feelings that I adore" and "Wake me up with your lips/come at me from above").

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One song talks about using alcohol to numb the pain of a disintegrating relationship ("I've got a midnight bottle/Gonna drink it down/Gonna ease my pain from all these feelings driving me insane").

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a collection of mostly wholesome mellow songs. Colbie Caillat exudes California-girl-next-door appeal and the only song with not-so-great lyrics for kids is "Midnight Bottle" where she sings about getting through the pain of a crumbling relationship with the help of alcohol -- but even that song is subtle.

What's the story?

COCO is a soothing compilation of songs mostly about love, but also a bit about life in general. Some tracks are folksy, others are more poppy, but every one of them has a sweet, genuine sound. The lyrics cover familiar relationship terrain such as being madly in love, breaking up, and heartache. Caillat is the daughter of Fleetwood Mac album producer Ken Caillat.

Is it any good?


Despite her oft-trod themes, Colbie Caillat manages to cover them in a way that seems sparkling and fresh. It's hard not to get addicted to "Bubbly," her breakout hit single, or be impressed by the adorable tenderness of "Capri," an ode to an expectant mother and her unborn child. This mellow album is very easy for kids of all ages -- and adults -- to enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Colbie Caillat differs from fellow songstresses in her age group. She seems to do a fairly good job of staying out of the tabloids and not projecting an overtly sexy, party-girl image. Why do you think she's stayed out of the spotlight? Does it help or hurt her music? Also, how has MySpace and other Web sites transformed the way musicians become popular?

Music details

Artist:Colbie Caillat
Release date:July 17, 2007
Label:Universal Republic
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byshanno15 September 4, 2009


What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old September 29, 2009

Love it!!

Very fun!! Little bit of drinking concerns but otherwise great!!
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written bystripesanddots November 7, 2010
This is a great CD! It's pretty clean, other than "Midnight Bottle" which talks about drinking.
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