Constantine

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Idol sings kid-safe, expressive songs.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Everybody Loves" is a sweet song with a "we're all in this together" message.

Violence
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Sex

Constantine's sound is sexy and intense, but the lyrics are not explicit ("I thought it was something/Didn't mean nothing" and "Too many lights are burning out/You always find a way to bring this wasted world back into focus").

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Consumerism

Nothing obvious in the lyrics. CD package unavailable for review.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids might want this album because its star is an American Idol alum. Happily, there's no need to worry: The grown-up, rockin' sound is backed by some pretty family-safe lyrics. All of the sexuality and edge on this CD is in its soulfully expressive vocals and intense instrumental arrangements.

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What's the story?

American Idol alum Constantine Maroulis engages his fans in a nonstop intense-a-thon with CONSTANTINE, which has one hard-driving, emotionally wrought song after another. The album starts out with a bang, as Constantine puts his best songs forward. "Girl Like You," with its Santana-like guitar riffs; the retro-soul sound of "Several Thousand"; and the irresistibly hopeful "Everybody Loves" are all gems.

Is it any good?

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Fond of anthem-esque dynamic builds and "wall-of-sound" background vocals, Constantine takes some pretty ordinary material and tears its heart and soul out, delivering a powerful and dramatic collection of rockin' love songs. Though the material slides toward mediocre as the band plays on, lead vocals are impressive throughout.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of American Idol winners releasing huge-selling albums. Do you think Constantine would have made it on his own, without the benefit of exposure on the popular TV show? Kids: Why do you want to buy this CD?

Music details

Artist:Constantine Maroulis
Release date:August 7, 2007
Label:6th Place Records
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byEva01 April 9, 2008
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Parent Written byDarcy16 April 9, 2008
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Fun for the whole family.

I bought this CD because I was a fan of Constantine on American Idol, but after playing it a few times in the car my 7 year-old requests it regularly. The first song is particularly catching and several are reminiscent of the classic 80's sound. Listen and enjoy!
Adult Written bydottybgood April 9, 2008
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Constantine

I enjoy this CD very much and like most of the songs. It's a very eclectic CD. Song genres for everyone, pop, rock, a little touch of R&B. It's a very nice mix. My favorites are Everybody Loves, Girl Like You, Fading Into You and Heaven Help the Lonely. Vocals are great! IMHO

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