What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there is little to worry about here, content-wise.
What's the story?
THANKFUL announces Kelly Clarkson's presence, if not as a full-fledged star, at least as a diva-in-waiting. Whether belting out up-tempo tracks or crooning a ballad, she sings with emotional depth and vocal range, and demonstrates the charm that propelled her to the top of the American Idol ballot box over a host of other contenders. In "Miss Independent," which Clarkson co-wrote with Christina Aguilera, she glissandos with the best of them, effortlessly hitting a different note for each syllable as she snarls, "But she mis-cal-cu-la-ted."
Is it any good?
Clarkson shows her versatility in Thankful, backed by a stand-up bass, jazz style, and her range of several octaves in "Anytime." And while Clarkson owes a sizable debt to the album's top-heavy production staff, she is more than equal to the demands of the material.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about working hard to keep what you have. American Idol gave Clarkson her start, but it doesn't guarantee her future. You can ask your kids what it takes to do well on your own and if Clarkson has enough talent and strength to stand strong.