Just a Rolling Stone

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Seductive Making the Band artist.

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Positive Messages
Violence
Sex

Most of the songs on the album are love songs with various subtle sexual innuendo such as "Just show me where it hurts you babe/so that I can get to healing/and don't be afraid/Just take of dose of me/and I'll see you in the morning." Klang does sing about "making love" on numerous tracks.

Language
Consumerism

Klang was featured on the MTV's show Making the Band.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few songs make references to "getting high" in describing romantic feelings.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is full of seductive love songs. Klang sings about his troubles in finding love and his ability to seduce most any woman. Although the songs are sensual, there are very few blatant sexual references, although Klang does sing about "making love" on numerous tracks.

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What's the story?

American Idol might have turned him down, but the MTV series Making the Band not only launched Donnie Klang's career, it also gave him an unprecedented solo record deal. Klang's first album is a collection of 17 tracks which feature contributions from his executive producer and label owner Sean "Diddy" Combs. Klang sings about all aspects of love and lust, from longing for the right girl to healing a broken heart.

Is it any good?

Although Sean Combs was instrumental in supporting Klang's career and producing this album, the LP suffers sadly from a case of too much Diddy. Klang's vocals are cool and sexy, but each time he gets into a flow, Diddy steps in to break the mood with some awkward rhymes that boast about how much wealth and success he has ("I got songs on the radio/videos on TV"). Diddy winds up being the third-wheel on an intimate album meant to be between Klang and the listener. Also, the mock interview format that introduces many of the songs is a tacky distraction. Klang does show promise with a voice that's a throwback to other NYC crooners. His vocals are confident and melodic, but would have been better served without the over-production and synthetic tones that are toppled onto them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the creation of a musician's image. Most of the album has a seductive female voice asking Klang questions about his love life. Klang usually responds by saying that he's single and too busy for love right now. Do you think these answers are sincere or scripted? Do they borrow from the success of reality TV? How important is it for Klang to be seen as an available suitor for female fans? Are the producers of the album trying to create the image of a lonesome singer looking for love?

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