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Kids in America
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
Is it any good?
Morgan Burke belts out "Build Me Up Buttercup" like a veteran, Chauncey Matthews is sweetly tremulous in "A Whole New World," and A.J. Melendez displays impressive range and expression in "I'll Be There."
But the album could have chosen its lead and closing tracks with more sensitivity. For example, in this clean-as-a-whistle album, it grates to hear the finalists join voices in "One Step Closer," singing, "Hold on! Hold on! Hold on to my lovin'!/ I've been savin' every little bit of my love for you/ I've been dreamin' just to get by/ It's so exciting, fantasizin'." And why close the album with "Kids In America," when it has lyrics like, "Kind hearts don't make a new story./ Kind hearts don't grab any glory./ …Come closer, honey that's better./ Got to get a brand new experience./ Feeling right. Oh don't try to stop baby. Hold me tight."