Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Kelly Clarkson sings with authority and style.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Several songs depict romantic relationships in cynical fashion (for example, a two-timing boyfriend is verbally shot down in "You Thought Wrong.")


Some mild sexual innuendo (e.g., in "Miss Independent," Clarkson growls, "What is this feelin' takin' over? Thinkin' no one could open my door.")


Obvious American Idol tie-in.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is little to worry about here, content-wise.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysara4ever95 February 16, 2009


i love kelly!!:)
Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 January 22, 2009

Good jazzy pop, easy to listen to.

This is quite a fun album, Thankful is easy to listen to with Kelly Clarkson providing excellent vocals. There is nothing innappropriate- mentions of kissing an... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

Music details

  • Artist: Kelly Clarkson
  • Release date: April 15, 2003
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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