Get Away from Me

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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A little unfocused but very original.

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Nellie McKay seems to live in her own little world.


A cat dies...


Some innuendo.


A few of the more ordinary four-letter words earned this CD a Parental Advisory sticker, but it's really quite mild.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that a couple of well-used four-letter words pop up occasionally here, and earned this CD its Parental Advisory sticker. The edited version is hard to find; the explicit one is actually pretty tame compared to most stickered albums.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNetflixAddict October 18, 2011

One of a kind vocalpop-Older teens and adults.

Quality: 5 stars earned defiently! (however it may only appeal to adults), Nellie McKay's mixed debut is awesome-I wish I could rewind back to 2005 and awa... Continue reading

What's the story?

Part torch singer, part social commentator, part queen of her own exotic universe, Nellie McKay is a true original. GET AWAY FROM ME is an ambitious double CD that defies categorizing and quickly gets under your skin. Sophisticated, torchy arrangements and two very familiar four-letter words make this CD most appropriate for older teens, but the Parental Advisory sticker seems unfair when compared to the hard-edged explicitness of most Parental Advisory albums. This really is one instance in which the words in question make some poetic sense in the context of the songs; they don't feel gratuitous at all.

Is it any good?

The songwriting is the real star on Get Away From Me, along with Ms. McKay's intimate cocktail-hour delivery. The double-CD is a bit too long and maybe a bit unfocused, but McKay (at age 19) clearly has a bright future ahead. Ironic, torchy, witty, and edgy in turn, her songs and performances reveal a deep and unique talent. Keep your eye on this one -- she's likely to be around for a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Nellie McKay isn't afraid to be herself, a welcome change in music these days. Why do so many other artists tend to copy each other's styles, sounds, and looks?

Music details

  • Artist: Nellie McKay
  • Release date: February 10, 2004
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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