Get Away from Me

 
A little unfocused but very original.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nellie McKay seems to live in her own little world.

Violence

A cat dies...

Sex

Some innuendo.

Language

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

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several references to drinking.

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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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 13 years old Written byNetflixAddict October 18, 2011
age 15+
 

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 award this album for being so awesome! Check out some of her songs on YouTube now! Iffy material: Violence: Many references to violent acts (very few are graphic), but nowhere near constant (i.e. "Have a pill or suicide", "If you don't I'll slit your throat", etc.) Also, "Ding Dong" frequently mentions a cat's death (but I don't know if it really happened.) Language: Profanity earned this album a PA, but it is not very much, and only appears in 5 of the 18 songs. Sexual content: "It's a Pose" contains a lot of suggestive lyrics, but nothing graphic. Consumerism: Nellie's music sometimes shows up in an episode of Grey's Anatomy, P.S. I Love you, etc. Substances: A few references to drinking, but no irresponsible behaviors Role Models: All I know is that the back cover says that Nellie is a member of an animal-protection foundation. I know nothing else.
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Too much swearing

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