A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know this eclectic soundtrack is nowhere near as "adult" as the TV series. Aside from the Aerosmith/Run D.M.C. crossover classic "Walk This Way" which has some objectionable lyrics, there's not much sexuality on this album. Parents should, however, take note of the gratuitous consumerism promoted by Fergie on "Labels or Love." With its retro-sounding songs and a bit of an older vibe (the remix of Nina Simone's "The Look of Love," for example), parents will probably be drawn to this CD more than their teens.
What's the story?
The musical accompaniment to the Sex and the City film combines lots of different genres into a soundtrack that is both fun party music and equally as fun to listen to all by your lonesome. The soundtrack runs the spectrum of artists from classy acts like Jennifer Hudson and Nina Simone to cutting edge tracks supplied by House music star Kaskade and the quirky duo The Bird and The Bee.
Is it any good?
If all the artists on this album got together for a Sex and the City-style cocktail party, it would be quite the hip and stylish affair. With uptown chic songs from Jennifer Hudson ("All Dressed In Love") and Bliss ("Kissing") juxtaposed with a subtle version of "Auld Lang Syne" from Mairi Campbell and Dave Francis and the timeless rap "Walk this Way" from Aerosmith and Run D.M.C., the album covers many moods, all blending together to make for an audio celebration. India.Arie's cover of the Don Henley favorite "Heart of the Matter" proves even better than the original, with a controlled emotion and exquisite vocals that make it one of the highlights of the album. It would have been nice to hear a few more "girlfriend" themed songs about friendship, but as a collection, the album's variety keeps the party from ever becoming boring.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether this collection of songs defines a certain image for modern professional women. The Sex and the City franchise has remained popular with women for many years. How does the soundtrack reinforce a certain set of values, namely spending lots of money and being obsessed with fashion and appearances?