Sleeping in the Nothing

Common Sense Media says

Strong production puts Kelly's best foot forward.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

Addresses some tough teen relationship issues.


Some violent images.


Some explicit sexuality.


Even the edited version has one explicit song.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drug and drinking references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the edited version holds together just fine from a musical and lyrical point of view, but still contains some explicit language in a song about date rape.

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What's the story?

On SLEEPING IN THE NOTHING, producer Linda Perry delivers the perfect musical presentation for Kelly Osbourne, who is -- let's face it -- a woman with a lot more attitude than vocal range. Paying tribute to 1980s new-wave arrangements and mixing the singer's heavily processed vocals front and center, she achieves a consistently interesting sound that emphasizes Kelly's vocal strengths and in-your-face lyrics.

Is it any good?


The edited version of this CD holds together just fine, lyrically and musically, but still contains a couple of explicit words in a song about date rape. Kelly Osbourne's musical collaboration with Linda Perry is a win-win, and helps her to put her best foot forward.

The lyrics, though never exactly brilliant, touch on issues familiar to many teenagers. What about the boy who ignores you in public but hits on you in private? What about the guy with the cheerleader girlfriend who wants to see you on the side? What about the loser who takes you out to dinner and then spikes your Shasta? Visceral and immediate, Kelly's lyrics address the darker side of teen relationships in a way that won't exactly give comfort, but may help girls dealing with these issues feel a little less alone.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about issues of self-esteem in relationships, or the ways in which music can be produced to bring out the best in singers with limited range.

Music details

Artist:Kelly Osbourne
Release date:June 7, 2005
Label:Sanctuary Records
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 15 years old Written bydoomcycle1 April 9, 2008
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what !

this isnt punk rock this isnt punk rock at all this is pop and the only reson kelly is famose because of her awsome dad
Adult Written byhappy7780 April 9, 2008
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Some of the songs were very good, I would let my daughter listen to it.


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