A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Fans of American Idol will be familiar with "Bad Day," the song played when contestants are dumped from the lineup. It's one of 10 interesting, moody songs by French Canadian singer DANIEL POWTER on his self-titled CD. Powter's unique, high voice is expressive and emotional, and his songs contain some catchy hooks and grooves. But lyrics end up falling a bit flat: Powter seems obsessed with truth versus lies, but otherwise just sort of rambles on with songs that simply describe moments in time -- nice, but a little unsatisfying.
Is it any good?
Aside from a couple of references to drinking and getting high, the content is PG, but the feel is too low-key and sophisticated to be accessible to most younger tweens. The overall feeling is of a well-sculpted collection of carefully constructed and heartfelt pieces. Yet you'd expect an artist with this much musical integrity to have, well, a little more to say. What's up with this guy, who does he love, what does he hate, and why should we care?