A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
Aqualung, aka Matt Hales, delivers a dozen one-dimensional love songs with lush, sleepy arrangements on STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL. This British pop veteran sometimes evokes Radiohead, Brian Wilson, Coldplay, even the Beatles. But he's softer and sweeter, with an almost new-agey feel to many of the instrumental tracks, adding emphasis to honey-smooth vocals. You won't find any dance tunes or much variation on the lovesick-lyric theme. But Hales' graceful persona and musicianship save the day. The music is more sophisticated than the lyrics. While there's nothing to worry about in terms of content, it's doubtful that younger children will relate much to this artist.