A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a compilation produced by lovable "dawg" American Idol judge Randy Jackson. One song, "Like A," features some questionable and detailed sexual content in terms of "hitting it" in multiple places, but the rest of the album is clean and touches on every musical style from country to R&B.
What's the story?
Grammy-winning producer, musician, hit songwriter, and loveable American Idol judge Randy Jackson has crossed most musical genres to produce a compilation of pop, hip-hop, country, jazz, R&B, and even gospel music. It includes various artists such as Paula Abdul, Joss Stone, Richie Sambora, Travis Tritt, Crunk Squad, Mariah Carey, Idol standouts Katherine McPhee and Elliott Yamin, and the R&B legend Sam Moore, among others.
Is it any good?
In Randy Jackson's own words, his first "solo" album, if you can call it that, (he produces every song, but doesn't actually perform on any) is "like listening to a great radio station." It's definitely a mix of sounds and names, with Paula Abdul returning with her first release in more than a decade with "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow", a pop-dance tune that's jumped on the synthesized bandwagon. McPhee and Yamin's vocals shine on the funky "Real Love," and Joss Stone rocks on the drum-heavy "Just Walk on By." Country star John Rich brings cheesiness to "Home," and doesn't do justice to crooner Michael Buble's hit. One of the standout tracks, "Wang Dang Doodle," features the amazing talent of 70-year-old Sam Moore, Keb' Mo', and Angie Stone. Mariah Carey guests on "Understand," but only to add in her superhuman high-octave wails. If you want a mix of new tunes of different genres and you have modest expectations, this compilation will do the trick.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the various artists that have come together on this album. Would you buy the album because a particular artist was on it, even if most of the songs aren't your style? Does the fact that Randy Jackson put out this album make it more interesting, even though he doesn't sing on it?