The One

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Pleasant but ultimately forgettable album.

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Positive Messages

Many of the lyrics agonize over doing the right thing in relationships.

Violence
Sex

Sexy innuendo typical of romantic soul ballads.

Language
Consumerism

Very commercial sound

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album from Frankie J doesn't show off the artist's talents, but it inhabits its own special sappy, substance-free zone.

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Adult Written byjtsmithii April 9, 2008

I'm Impressed

With many of the artists striving to push the limits, and even more going too far past them, Frankie J's "One" album is something I found refresh... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Frankie J is enormously talented, and applies his considerable skills, in two languages, to what appear to be thirteen versions of the same song on his second album -- in that way, THE ONE is aptly named. One of the few lyrically interesting tracks is \"How to Deal,\" in which the Kumbia Kings alum explores the hard choices involved in going for a music career at the expense of a relationship. There's no resolution, but we feel his pain. And we feel it over and over again on a number of similarly well-produced tracks on which he sings beautifully about love, loss, heartbreak, and hope.

Is it any good?

Slick, glossy production and just-OK songwriting make this a pleasant but ultimately forgettable album. Frankie J is a terrific singer of the teen-heartthrob variety, and the occasional Spanish lyrics add an extra layer of emotion and romance. Frankie even seems like a genuinely nice guy. But the material isn't nearly up to the level of his vocal performances, and he ends up sounding more like an American Idol contestant than a rising music star with something unique to offer.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the song "How to Deal" and the challenges that come with making hard choices.

Music details

  • Artist: Frankie J
  • Release date: March 22, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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