Soulful

Common Sense Media says

A truly gifted Idol singer with heart.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

On this CD, boys just want to have fun.

Violence

Ruben keeps it friendly.

Sex

There are a few lightly sexual references, nothing really explicit.

Language

Ruben keeps it clean, except for a well-placed "Damn" here and there.

Consumerism

For an American Idol winner, "Soulful" is actually pretty low-key.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"It's like stayin' out all night, and way too much to drink," he apologizes--once.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a fun CD that everyone in the family will like. There are a couple of edgy lines that keep this from being G-rated, but compared to most tween and teen CDs, this is a guiltless pleasure. You might want to ask your kids why they think other people have to be so "in your face" when Ruben is just as entertaining without any sexual, commercial, or violent messages.

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What's the story?

Ruben Studdard stole a lot of hearts during his stint on American Idol. We rooted for him because he didn't look like your typical pop pretty-boy; we liked him because he seemed like a sweetie; but we voted for him because of his wonderful voice -- rich, expressive, and soulful. Appropriately, Ruben's debut CD is called SOULFUL, and that he is. He doesn't disappoint, shining the most on the cover tunes: \"How Can You Mend A Broken Heart\" is a show-stopper. \"Superstar,\" usually sung by women as kind of a backstage groupie's lament, is given an interesting twist with his straight-ahead, masculine delivery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

On Soulful, Ruben shows off his phenomenal singing abilities to near perfection. There's a little bit of imaginary drinking and a couple of playfully sexy interludes ("What Is Sexy," "After the Candles Burn"), but this very mild CD is unlikely to offend anyone, particularly because Ruben's sweetness shines throughout. Although the musical arrangements and production fall far short of doing the singer justice, Ruben's amazing voice will make this a CD the whole family can enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Ruben's incredible voice and how body image doesn't always play a part in winning. How important is image for a singer? You can also discuss how being the "nice guy" goes a long way.

Music details

Artist:Ruben Studdard
Release date:December 9, 2003
Label:J Records
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymc2004 April 9, 2008
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Nice debut album

This is a very good CD and is much better than Clay Aiken's. However, this is also the most adult American Idol album and is only suitable for teens. Although there is nothing too explicit, some songs are very sexual. There are a few bad words and there is one minor drug reference.
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 June 4, 2012
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soulful

doing the singer justice, Ruben's amazing voice will make this a CD the whole family can enjoy.Families can talk about Ruben's incredible voice and how body image doesn't always play a part in winning. How important is image for a singer? You can also discuss how being the "nice guy" goes a long way.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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