A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though this digital-only album was dubbed a "re-release," all but two of the tracks are new -- and all are fun and fairly innocuous. Only "Like This" and "Daylight" might make parents of younger listeners pause for their somewhat mature sexual references. But overall, the former Destiny's Child stays pretty tame and positive.
What's the story?
DIVA DELUXE is a digital re-release of the album Ms. Kelly, Rowland's sophomore pop/R&B album from 2007. With sluggish record sales blamed on too many mellow tracks, Diva Deluxe attempts to kick things up a notch with up-tempo remixes and new songs. With only two songs from the former album included on the 7-track package, the new release appears to be less of a re-release than a separate stand-alone project. New additions include the single \"Daylight\" featuring Travis McCoy.
Is it any good?
Bringing more fast-paced funk and disco-inspired tracks into Rowland's repertoire appears to be a good idea. Rowland's powerful vocals are the perfect match for the fun and upbeat tracks, such as "Daylight" and "Like This." On the soulful ballads "Love Again" and "Broken" this diva really shines with controlled emotions and clear, crisp melodies; however, they seem to go against the album's dance club remix idea and listeners might long for faster tracks. At times the production outshines the singer, such as on the "Comeback" remix, where Rowland's voice is almost nonexistent.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how this album has changed from its previous release. The last album Rowland released saw disappointing sales. How has Rowland changed things in response to this? Has the album cover changed? Is Rowland trying to promote a sexier image? Is she trying to capture a different audience with more up-beat tracks?