A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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.