Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Ciara is saved by star-studded cameos.

Parents say

age 3+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The girls take charge!


Very sexy, but not explicit.


Mostly clean.


Several brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ciara sings sexy songs in which the girl always calls the shots. This refreshing twist isn't quite enough to make the album exciting, but it does help.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bywillowfaierie July 7, 2009
girl power!!!
Parent of a 18+ and 18+-year-old Written by9088349 March 16, 2009
Kid, 10 years old March 13, 2011

kinda though

i kinda like it but it talk about booty!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byshadow0896 October 13, 2010
love it

What's the story?

Ciara, a lovely young singer from Texas, brings a silky-smooth voice and a lot of attitude to GOODIES, her debut album. Dubbed by producer Lil' John as the \"First Lady of 'Crunk & B',\" she delivers a mild message of female empowerment with lyrics like \"If you're looking for the goodies keep on looking 'cause they stay in the jar.\" It's a refreshing change of pace, as far as it goes. After the first couple of songs, though, the CD goes downhill fast. There's very little variation; one song after another features Ciara's sweet little voice over monotonous pre-fab tracks.

Is it any good?

The whole project comes off sounding like a nice girl trying her best, but without any of the sparks of genuine brilliance that put a newcomer in front of the pack. The album's saving grace is a collection of delightful cameos by colleagues Petey Pablo, Missy Elliot, and Ludacris. When this CD was recorded, Ciara was just 18 years old; it will be interesting to see how her voice and songwriting develop as she matures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the songs that deliver (though perhaps subtly) a message of female empowerment; for example, the title track's lyrics: "If you're looking for the goodies keep on looking 'cause they stay in the jar."

Music details

  • Artist: Ciara
  • Release date: September 28, 2004
  • Label: La Face
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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