Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe

Music review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Destiny's Child stays pretty tame and positive.

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Positive Messages

Most of the tracks are fun dance songs or love ballad about broken hearts. The only song that might promote questionable behavior is the track "Daylight" which is about being addicted to partying all night. "I swore to myself time and time again that I would give up the nightlife…but it ain't easy sayin' no to my friends 'cause the real set don't get started 'til everyone else is in."

Violence
Sex

"Like This" just has some minor sexual references, such as "I'm not talkin' about love, I just wanna get it up."

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

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Adult Written bySight2C April 9, 2008

Positive...

Though Kelly is not perfect she is very talented and her versatility proves it. The songs range from partying to being in love she does not display any wrongful... Continue reading

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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?

Music details

  • Artist: Kelly Rowland
  • Release date: March 25, 2008
  • Label: BMG Import
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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