Love Is Dead

Common Sense Media says

Uplifting collection from Bjork-esque pop star.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although there are some songs that discuss heartbreak and sorrow, the tone of the album is upbeat and positive. Drawing from her tough experiences growing up in Communist rule and in an abusive household, Kerli encourages listeners to enjoy life and take a chance on their dreams. One example: "Life is my creation/is my best friend/Imagination is my defense/and I'll keep walking when skies are gray."

Violence

Only a few intense lyrics, such as "Did I hurt you?/Did I ever make you bleed inside?/Did I kill you?" from "Butterfly Cry," but they are usually followed up with something positive.

Sex

Only one song, "Love is Dead" contains a line that's sexual: "When you're beside her, inside her."

Language

"I Want Nothing" repeats the line "When they're treating you like a whore."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the title of this album sounds negative, the message of the music is decidedly upbeat and positive. Kerli somehow puts an optimistic spin on her difficult life experiences of growing up under Communist rule and in an abusive household, and encourages listeners to be optimistic and enjoy life. There are a few intense lyrics in one song about being hurt -- both mentally and physically -- but they're followed up with lines like "You just dry your eyes/because the world is wonderful."

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What's the story?

Although Kerli gained some popularity through MySpace, unlike many of her pop contemporaries, she has struggled to get a break. Her first taste of fame came when she won a European TV singing competition, but the Estonian native spent several years trying to get her music heard. Famed producer L.A. Reid gave her a chance, and the result is this sincere debut album which features 13 tracks that are an uplifting and unique blend of pop, rock, and Goth music.

Is it any good?

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Maybe one of the most interesting artists to come out of any televised singing competition so far, Kerli's music is both sweet and haunting. The infectious beats and thoughtful vocals keep the album entertaining, even if the songs sometimes blend together both melodically and thematically. What a breath of fresh air it is to see a young female artist, who doesn't solely rely on trying to seduce her audience with flirty songs and costumes. Although a few songs sound like a series of platitudes, Kerli's vocals display a vulnerability and confidence that comes from experience. At her best, Kerli's songs are funky and inspiring, such as on "The Creationist" with sincere lines like, "Life is my creation/is my best friend/Imagination is my defense/and I'll keep walking when skies are gray."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how an online outlet like MySpace can promote a singer. Do you think an American record label would've signed Kerli if MySpace didn't exist? Can you think of any artists that became popular from MySpace? Families can also discuss talk about how Kerli's music differs from American female pop stars. Do you think her music is different because of her European upbringing?

Music details

Artist:Kerli
Release date:July 8, 2008
Label:Island
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 12 years old January 24, 2009
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Love It!

I love Kerli's songs and voice! Very unique. My favourite song is ''Not A Barbie Doll''
Teen, 13 years old Written bybonesxprt13 April 9, 2008
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i LOVE Kerli!!!!!

She is the best!!!!! My favorite song is the uplifting "Walking on Air".
Kid, 12 years old December 9, 2008
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Best Cd ever

This Cd might look dark and negative, but it's really the opposite of that! All of the songs have a great beat to them. Evanescence is more dark then this.

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