A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Kelly Rowland's new CD explores the ins and outs of love from every angle: sexy flirtation, lose-yourself addiction, lost love's regret, and girlfriend-power independence. Soft innuendo of the "lay me down and take it slow" variety, along with a bottle of wine here and there, set a romantic mood without ever getting too explicit.
What's the story?
With satin-smooth vocals and beautifully crafted arrangements, Destiny's Child veteran Kelly Rowland explores love, lust, loss, and regret on MS. KELLY -- while never forgetting either her self-esteem or her manners. Emotions run the gamut from "Who cares?" ("Told him pa'tna don't get too close…got my girls all here with me so spare me please all your personal info" on "Like This") to "Whoa, what have I done?" (in the song "Still in Love with My Ex"). And instead of sticking with predictable soul ballads, Kelly has some fun with "Like This," a delightful dance-party anthem. "Ghetto," featuring a cameo by Snoop Dogg, crackles with sexual chemistry, and "This Is Love" is a gorgeous, romantic ballad.
Is it any good?
Ms. Kelly is a lush, romantic, and honest portrayal of a woman exploring complex matters of the heart. Background vocals are exquisitely arranged, and add to the "me and my girlfriends own the world" ambiance. Instrumental tracks feature everything from synthetic-sounding keyboard to harmonica and strings, all mixed and arranged with loving care, always showcasing Ms. Kelly's vocals to best advantage. Covering the rugged terrain of heart and soul, Kelly Rowland gives us a lot to hold on to.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Kelly Rowland's career as a member of Destiny's Child, and now a successful solo artist. Many fans choose favorites when a group breaks up -- does being a Beyonce fan, for example, mean you can't like Kelly too? When your friends are on the outs with each other at school, do you feel like you have to pick sides?