Kris Allen

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Wholesome Idol winner cuts clean yet creative CD.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The messages are overwhelmingly positive, advocating good behaviors ranging from working hard to being honest.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Kris Allen has done charity work in several poverty-stricken countries and is in a loving marriage with his high-school sweetheart, setting a great example for tweens and teens alike.


Some tame allusions to sex: "Lyin' next to you, wishing I could disappear."


Allen was on American Idol...

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this first record from the American Idol winner is a very good choice for kids of just about any age, describing common young adult concerns like reaching for goals and establishing relationships in a manner that's clean but not sugar-coated.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 5, 9, 10, and 15-year-old Written bySerafina March 15, 2010

So good!!

I love this cd; it is very heartfelt and just awesome. I have many nephews and nieces and we love it so, so much. Worth every penny. There is a line that says... Continue reading
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bykeyshialove December 19, 2009
i think this is so cute
Teen, 13 years old Written byHilly January 16, 2010


Kris CANNOT SING!!! Danny, Adam, and Allison should've been in the Top 3 and his butt should've been gone in the Top 4 instead of Allison! And (especi... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2010

Tweens Only

some sex concepts

What's the story?

Like many of his American Idol peers that came before (Chris Daughtry, David Cook, David Archuleta), Season 8 winner Kris Allen chose to self-title his debut album. The 13 songs are as clean as Allen's real-life persona, covering typical young adult topics like striving to achieve your dreams, falling head-over-heels in love, and enduring the difficult end of a romantic relationship. However, Allen's take on these common themes isn't mundane; rather, he gives unusually thoughtful consideration to familiar problems that will get kids thinking about things from a different perspective. For example, on "The Truth," he talks about realizing that a relationship is over but having a terrible time ending it in light of how deeply he cares for the person: "Trying to be perfect, trying not to let you down / Honesty is honestly the hardest thing for me right now / I still stand here holding up the roof / 'Cause it's easier than telling the truth."

Is it any good?

In sheer belt-it-out power, Kris Allen's vocals can't compare to other Idol male singer-songwriters like Chris Daughtry and David Cook. That said, Allen's debut album is far more imaginative than albums from either of the other two artists, making it a much more interesting listen. In uptempo songs like "Written All Over My Face" and "Red Guitar," he gets creative with different yet equally cool hooks, and ballads such as "Let It Rain" showcase his dual talent for singing and piano-playing. Allen also deserves enormous props for going way outside his comfort zone with a (great) cover of Kanye West's "Heartless."   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Kris Allen. What qualities helped him to win American Idol? Was he the best singer? Does that matter?

  • Check out our feature on Celebrity Role Models to learn more about what kids look for in the stars they love.

Music details

  • Artist: Kris Allen
  • Release date: November 20, 2009
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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