Small Town Girl



Idol gets down with happy country chirp.
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Positive messages

Some strong, clear, but gentle messages about caring for oursleves and one another.


One song addresses violence in a relationship, but not graphically.


Only the subtlest of innuendo.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kellie Pickler's lyrics are as clean-cut as she appears to be. This small-town girl delivers gentle messages of empowerment and also knows how to have a little fun. "Wild Ponies" addresses the issue of relationship abuse, and "I Wonder" expresses heartbreak over an absentee dad.

What's the story?

On her SMALL TOWN GIRL album, Kellie Pickler rushes out of the gate with "Red High Heels," declaring to a deadbeat boyfriend "You thought I'd wait around forever but baby get real ... I'm about to show you just how missin' me feels/in my red high heels." The strong country-rock beat and sassy tone are suited to the American Idol runner-up's perky country chirp; the track succeeds on the basis of its good-natured attitude more than anything close to brilliant songwriting or performance. One bright light in her songwriting is from "Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind" ("that joke is too dirty, this steak is too thin, that car is too fast, this beer is too cold"). It's clever and funny, and shows Pickler at her best.

Is it any good?


Unfortunately, Pickler doesn't stick to material that allows her to strut her best stuff. Several cloying, overly slick ballads are several too many. "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You" is pointless and whiny and only serves to emphasize vocal weaknesses. "Wild Ponies" delivers a poignant story about a woman's emancipation from an abusive relationship, but the lyrics are so banal and corny that the message loses potency. Pickler and her producers might do well to consider the fact that you don't have to hit your audience over the head to get a point across.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the ways in which Pickler uses her voice on this album. Should she stick to the kinds of songs she performs well, or is it brave and cool that she tries her hand at ballads that are currently beyond her vocal and dramatic abilities?

Music details

Artist:Kellie Pickler
Release date:October 31, 2006
Label:BNA Entertainment
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byChristian_girl May 26, 2010

I See Where the Title Comes From

I have found my rythym. Every time I review an album, I think, I'll review every song by itself, one by one. This idea was inspired by my two compliments on my Tayor Swift review. *brag, brag* Let's start at the beginning. To avoid plagiarism (I like trying new things), I'll tell you that I stole that line from somewhere but I don't remember where. Sorry. - (1) Red High Heels: This is Kellie's signature song so I'll explain it to the three country fans who don't know what it's about. It's a song about a girl, when I say girl I mean teenage girl, who wants to make her ex-boyfriend jealous by going out with this boy who's always had a crush on her. (2) Gotta Keep Moving: I can't wait to see you when I get home. That's it! (3) Things That Never Cross a Man's Mind: This song's a little creepy. I guess it's supposed to be that way. This song is about how guys never stop drinking, want to cuddle or "make love", or feel like they're "fixing to start" which is a reference to periods. Girls know what I'm talking about. (4) Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You: The title is so long, I think it says it all by itself. (5) I Wonder: The sad but true story of Kellie's life. When she was a little girl, her mother abandoned her and Kellie wrote a song about it. The recent news is that, now that she's rich and famous, her mother has returned, begging for forgiveness. Kellie refuses. Go, Kellie! I'm with you all the way. (6) Small Town Girl: "I'm just a small town girl, hey, and that's all right with me." Pretty much sums up the whole song. (7) Wild Ponies: I resent this song. It's about some girl who, against her friends' warnings, hooks up with this guy she thinks is cute. He physically abuses her and goes to church to pretty much trick her into thinking he's a good guy. The ending is debatable. Some people think the girl got tired of the guy and drove off. My interpretation of the lyrics says she commited suicide. Either way, I don't like it. It's too sad for my taste. (8) Girls Like Me: Ah, the good old days... (9) I'm On My Way: "I'm nothing yet, but I know I'm on my way." Yet another self-explanatory lyric. (10) One of the Guys: My kind of song. A song about girls who love doing guy things, a.k.a. tomboys. It's always fun to pass the pigskin with painted nails. I'm a tomboy, too. I dare you to find me anywhere (besides church) without blue jeans. (11) My Angel: A song about Kellie's deceased grandmother, her best friend. It makes me want to cry. - Well, that's the whole album. Hope I could be of use. Please drop off your compliments on the way out. Have a nice day.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

wow i loved it

well i watch it a lot so i realy know what its like so i wold advise pepole to turn on your tv
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


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