No Ordinary Day

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, verging on sappy folk-rock.

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Positive Messages

Filled with positive messages of self-esteem for very young kids.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Suzi Shelton's music will be most appealing to families whose musical taste includes a broad appreciation of folk-rock's musical legacy. Some parents -- and kids -- may find these perky songs vaguely annoying without really knowing why.

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What's the story?

Bright, clear vocals riding high over standard folk-rock riffs express emotions familiar to most young kids -- if those kids happen to live in a world where their parents are consistently adoring and supportive. Not that that's a bad thing, but there's something about Suzi's hit-you-over-the-head-with-positive-energy message that might make kids living under less-than-ideal circumstances feel that NO ORDINARY DAY is simply not for -- or about -- them.

Is it any good?

Standout moments occur when Suzi lets herself address real-life stuff like parents living separately ("Mama's House, Daddy's House") or when she stresses that girls can do whatever boys do, as on "Scooter Boy." The energetic fun of "Road Trip" -- a catchy ditty that utilizes strong electric guitar work, spirited kids' backup vocals, and an irresistible "na na na na" sing-along chorus -- proves that Suzi Shelton knows how to have a good time when she's not trying so hard to fill our hearts with love…whether we like it or not.

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  • Families can talk about the song "Mama's House, Daddy's House," one of the few tracks on the CD that addresses a genuinely difficult situation for kids. Here's a chance for families to talk about the complex feelings involved when parents separate or divorce.

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