A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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?
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."
Talk to your kids 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?