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What 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?
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.