A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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.