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Don't Look Away
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Voegele is signed to MySpace's record label and is promoted on the social networking site. Musically, Voegele's repertoire stays firmly planted in kid-friendly lands, discussing the trials and tribulations of romantic relationships without ever getting graphic.
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What's the story?
After her debut album release in 2007, Voegele is once again receiving a wave of attention with the album's re-release, opening performances for Natasha Bedingfield and The Veronicas, and the start of a sponsored headlining tour. Combining elements of rock, pop, and folk, Voegele writes and sings about the difficulties of love -- from being hurt for the first time to leaving a non-communicative boyfriend.
Is it any good?
DON'T LOOK AWAY has many bright spots with only a few dim moments, as Voegele shines on several tracks, such as the Nashville-inspired "Might Have Been." With a retro '80s rock feel, many tracks combine driving lyrics and drum rhythms to create infectious dance songs. Voegele's rendition of the much-covered Leonard Cohen classic "Hallelujah" is both original and technically solid. The album only falls short when Voegele begins to sing the same old theme of a love-struck protagonist who doesn't know what to do with her emotions. Miley Cyrus fans should enjoy Voegele's similar raw, slightly nasal vocals that carry attitude and enthusiasm with every note.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how social networking has influenced music. Do you feel more connected to an artist who has a blog or video diary? Do you visit the MySpace pages of artists that you like or are curious about? If so, how strong of a marketing tool can social networking be for a musician? Do you think MySpace should have a record label or does the company have an unfair advantage in its ability to promote its artists?