Take It All Away

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Cabrera makes these drippy love songs work.

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Positive Messages

Refreshing to hear a guy left breathless by love -- also somewhat tedious.

Violence

He's a lover, not a fighter.

Sex

A bit of innuendo on "Let's Take Our Time" -- the rest is just romantic mush.

Language

Squeaky clean.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Nothing obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that it's kind of refreshing to hear this much "can't live without you" breathlessness from a guy, but it still gets tedious after a while.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byanimeboy22 April 9, 2008
Ahhhhhhhhhhh! It's scary! He talks about falling off a building!
Teen, 14 years old Written bygcluver193 April 9, 2008

What's the story?

Sometimes known as Ashlee Simpson's ex-boyfriend, Ryan Cabrera is also a Texas-born high-school dropout with the potential to become an excellent singer/songwriter/journeyman musician if he can only keep his focus. A darn good singer and guitarist, he attacks his material with passion and sincerity as well as genuine talent. It's the actual material that's the problem on TAKE IT ALL AWAY. Love-song lyrics cover the same tedious ground with little originality or poetry. (He whines that he has trouble breathing on four different tracks, for one example, and falls back on so many other lovesick clichés that the lyric book almost reads like a parody.)

Is it any good?

Despite the somewhat tedious love song monotony, there's enough energy and talent here to carry the day. A charismatic and agile singer and fine guitarist, Cabrera makes it work, somehow, on one drippy song after another. Honing his songwriting skills -- or performing great material written by others -- could make a crucial difference in his future.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about keeping a sense of yourself, even if you are in a relationship. How much more interesting life can be when you have a hobby or do volunteer work or something.

Music details

  • Artist: Ryan Cabrera
  • Release date: August 17, 2004
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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