A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee's perky pop runs the gamut of teenage emotions, covering everything from love's loss and longing to retail therapy. There's no offensive or direct language on this CD -- and it's better than most Idol winners' first efforts.
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What's the story?
On her self-titled album, KATHARINE McPHEE, McPhee shows that she really can sing -- and deserves every bit of the star treatment she got on American Idol. She's given a chance to strut her considerable stuff on a couple of breathtaking ballads ("Ordinary World" and "Better Off Alone"), but she also shows that she's capable of some "girls-just-wanna-have-fun" attitude on "Open Toes": "Shoes like this make me hate flats... / Swipe that card and I'm good / another pair in leather and wood / I'm a sucker for a name brand." Other songs address tougher emotional terrain, including "Better off Alone," an anthem to independence in the wake of a disappointing love affair.