Daniel Powter

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Interesting and moody, without much to say.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

A lot of musing over the concept of truth and lies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to drinking and getting high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are just a couple of references to drinking and getting high, and lyrics deal a lot with the issue of truth and lies.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymandj April 9, 2008

don't waste your money

Daughter bought this cd for "Bad Day" - good song. The rest of the cd is trash - casual sex, doing drugs, very socially irresponsible from someone Po... Continue reading
Adult Written byhatewhatisbad April 9, 2008

One good song...

Yes, i agree that Bad Day was the only good song on this CD. I do like the catchy tune it carries. It does get stuck in your head..lol..but its all in all a goo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byKayte wynn September 11, 2011

Nice songs, not like most.

He has a nice voice and isn't like most singers today that they're stuff is inappropriate and that teaches kids to do bad things. I think that if you... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old February 24, 2010

Bad Day

I only have Bad Day but it is great.

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?

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the artist's unusual-sounding voice. What makes it sound different from so many other contemporary pop singers?

Music details

  • Artist: Daniel Powter
  • Release date: April 11, 2006
  • Labels: Warner Brothers, WEA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 20, 2019

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