Thalia

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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English-language debut is standard pop fare.

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Positive Messages

This CD carefully avoids any and all topical social issues.

Violence

There's no violence here.

Sex

There are some sexually suggestive lyrics, but nothing explicit.

Language

"Tu Y Yo" lyrics include the words "Hell" and "Kick 'em in the ass" -- but in a very cute way.

Consumerism

Unapologetically Commercial!

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no drug or alcohol references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that it's all about love on this CD, careening from sexy suggestion to feisty independence to lovesick longing. "Love's gonna save the day" is the basic message here.

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What's the story?

On her self-titled album, THALIA delivers \"R&B-lite,\" including a sexy duet with rapper Fat Joe (\"I Want You,\" appearing twice in English and Spanish), a sugary sweet ballad or two, and some spunky you-can't-keep-a-good-girl-down lyrics. The production is so slick and heavy-handed that the Mexican pop diva comes across as having very little to do. Her vocals are breathy, sweet, and energetic, but the songs are unremarkable and lack distinction. The content of the lyrics would be more of an issue, perhaps, if they were accompanied by memorable music.

Is it any good?

Overall, the CD is pleasant but not terribly exciting. It involves an unusually large number of hip-hop producers and songwriters -- obviously gunning for maximum mainstream acceptance at the risk of obscuring the artist's actual personality. As it is, this CD is likely to go in one ear and out the other.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how well Thalia's singing stands up to the slick production. Also, hearing a song in both English and Spanish -- does it spark interest in learning another language?

Music details

  • Artist: Thalia
  • Release date: July 15, 2003
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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