Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Syrupy, over-synthesized pop.

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Positive Messages



No violence here.


One song, "Shut Up," leaves little to the imagination ("When we take our clothes off/don't you know the world stops" and "You bite my neck/I pull your hair/next thing you know no underwear"). The rest is full-tilt sap.


As clean as can be.


No obvious commercial tie-ins.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No obvious references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that they may want to prescreen "Shut Up," in which an argument is stopped by everyone getting naked.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008


There were maybe 2 good songs on here- Edge of Eternity and Carry On. I was going to buy this for a friend but once I heard Shut Up I decided not to. It's... Continue reading

What's the story?

Nick Lachey's SOULO starts on a promising note. \"Shut Up,\" the comparatively clever and soulful lead tune, tells the story of a fighting couple sorting things out by making love. Though this is the only song on the CD with suggestive lyrics, it is also the only one with any energy or sense of irony. The fun ends as the syrupy, synthesized string arrangements kick in on \"Let Go,\" and things slide downhill from there. There are the obligatory romantic ballads and the typical upbeat \"sexy\" love songs. But none of these songs will stay with you for more than a few minutes after you hear them.

Is it any good?

Music just doesn't get any more predictable than what you hear on SoulO. A typical lyric: "Seems like our love is on the road to nowhere fast--All my life I thought a love like this would last." The thing is, Lachey has a decent voice -- there's no question that he would sound great if he were given a well-written, attentively produced soul tune. It's too bad there aren't any of those on this CD.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not Mr. Lachey would be popular if it weren't for his well-known ex-wife.

Music details

  • Artist: Nick Lachey
  • Release date: November 11, 2003
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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