A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Stronger is a very clean album filled with many positive messages about having strong self-esteem and not putting up with disrespectful treatment. Aside from a few lyrics about kissing and adult sleepovers, the songs don't have any adult content or profanity. Though some of the tunes can be a bit melancholy, the overall album is still a great choice for younger kids looking for positive messages about self-worth.
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What's the story?
The very first American Idol winner -- pop powerhouse Kelly Clarkson -- is back with STRONGER, her fifth full-length album since winning the competition in 2002. In this collection of 13 songs, the overriding theme is high self-esteem, with Clarkson singing lots of lyrics about being true to who you are and refusing to accept shoddy treatment from a romantic partner. For example: "Thanks to you I got a new thing started ... Thanks to you I'm finally thinking about me ... What doesn't kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller, doesn't mean I'm lonely when I'm alone."
Is it any good?
There's a reason Clarkson won American Idol: She's an awesome singer. Clarkson uses her vocal chops to good effect on this record, knocking most of these songs out of the park. While the pop arrangements are a bit formulaic, Clarkson's excellent skills still manage to make ordinary songs sound special.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why some artists sing songs about being unable to let go of a bad romance with the wrong partner, while others, like Clarkson, describe the opposite. Do musicians have an obligation to write songs with positive messages? Why or why not?
Besides positive music, what are some other sources of inspiration that you can turn to when you're feeling down and need a pick-me-up?
Are you surprised that Clarkson continues to be a major player on the music scene? Why haven't other Idol winners fared as well?
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