Just Like You

Music review by
Maria Dinoia, Common Sense Media
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TV reality star gets redundant with heartbreak.

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

Positive Messages

One song is about being strong ("And I'm gonna do everything I set out to/making my dreams come true"), but most of the songs stress that having someone to love you will make you complete.

Violence
Sex

Although the entire album is about relationships, it doesn't really get descriptive: "I'm yearning for your touch," "I need you and you need me," and "But I could tell in the way we kiss/we don't talk no more it feels better when I'm alone."

Language

"Damn" is heard a few times. One song says the "N" word twice.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Couple of mentions of drinking in clubs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this star of her own reality show sings a lot about heartbreak and troubled relationships. Hurting one another and loneliness are the themes throughout just about every song. While there's nothing objectionable, the lyrics are rife with sadness and may be about things kids haven't experienced yet. And, Cole stresses the need to have someone in your life or you'll be empty. She uses the "N" word twice.

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What's the story?

R&B vocalist Keyshia Cole sounds like a young Mary J. Blige. The inevitable comparisons no doubt come from Cole's emotive vocal delivery, the wonderfully produced arrangements, and shared collaborators who worked on both JUST LIKE YOU and Blige's The Breakthrough. But, while Cole's sound sours on her sophomore release, it's not much different from 2005's The Way It Is (which is shares the same title as her TV reality show).

Is it any good?

Just Like You is good, but this likable songstress is in desperate need of something that sets her apart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Why is it important to be a good friend or boyfriend/girlfriend? How can we avoid hurting the people we care about? Is it OK to sometimes feel lonely?

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