A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these "kids' choices" have been spoon-fed to young people to the point that they aren't really choices at all. Wouldn't it be great if we could teach our kids to REALLY choose for themselves?
What's the story?
What would kids choose, if they really had a choice? It's hard to know for sure, but the NICKELODEON KIDS' CHOICE compilation doesn't shed much light on the subject. The \"choices\" here, with a couple of exceptions, are the blandest of pop hits. It defies credibility to think that any of the kids we know would opt for a bunch of breathy pop ballads over \"Weird Al\" Yankovic or They Might Be Giants, to name a couple of artists who seem to actually think about what kids might like. Nonetheless, the CD does have some high points: the amazing Alicia Keys with Tony Toni Tone and Jermaine Paul, Brie Larson's spunky \"She Said,\" and Skye Sweetnam's cute-as-can-be \"Tangled Up in Me.\"
Is it any good?
If you want to call this CD "Record Company Executives' Choice," you have a nicely produced album of recent hits by some very accomplished and popular artists. It's heavy on the ballads (again defying the "kids' choice" concept) and the attitude, but there are some strong tracks and good performances. Skip the drippiest ballads and you can have some mainstream-pop family fun.