Kevin Lyttle

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Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, soulful Caribbean fun for teens and older.

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Innuendo stops just short of explicit.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that despite dancehall and soca's reputation for some raunchy lyrics, this album stays relatively clean. The wonderful Caribbean-inspired dance beats mixed in with some soulful grooves does bring sexual innuendo, but stops just short of explicit.

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Teen, 16 years old Written bysokkerluvr88 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

On the self-titled KEVIN LYTTLE album, Lyttle's brand of soca (the musical blend of soul and calypso) is appealing and danceable, enhanced by honey-smooth vocals and exquisite production standards.\"Turn Me On,\" the debut single produced in a no-frills St. Vincent recording studio, took the international dance music world by storm. The album that follows includes a few too many tunes that seem to vie for the position of the next \"Turn Me On\" -- but the formula is so appealing that it doesn't really matter; turns out that calypso steel drum rhythms and R&B crooning work really well together.

Is it any good?

Kevin Lyttle's style seems to come from the heart, and his singing is smooth, but strong as he nails those high notes with effortless confidence. A little more musical variety would be nice, and the repetitive lyrics never veer far from themes of love and/or seduction (stopping just short of explicit), but that's all less important than the overall sound -- the percussive punch of calypso rhythm under vocals that are silky, sexy, and light as a sunny summer breeze.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the birth of the soca and dancehall styles of music. What other musical genres influenced these styles? What kind of mood do soca and dancehall evoke?

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