Tim's House

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Codependency set to powerful music; great vocals.

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Positive Messages

A complex mix of heartfelt honesty and unsettling codependency.


Only the subtlest of innuendo.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Love is the only drug.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kate Walsh walks a fine line between heartfelt, honest sentiment and step-by-step instructions on how to be a doormat. Though her songs will resonate with tweens and teens in the throes of first love, others may wish this artist would just get over herself and cheer up.

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What's the story?

Kate Walsh is giving it up for love on 10 songs dedicated to expressing (mostly) heartbroken devotion to a sweetheart who seems, honestly, to be a bit of a cad. Although we've all been there (and many teens and tweens are there right this minute), the self-sacrificing longing in these lyrics often reads like a step-by-step lesson in codependency (\"I guess I could share your fingers through my hair/but if you keep calling her name I'll bury my head in the sand an hope you'll change.\")

Is it any good?

With wispy, vulnerable vocals over strong, exquisitely simple guitar tracks, Kate Walsh delivers her songs with talent, honesty, and heart. Kids dealing with the beginnings (or endings) of a relationship will find a lot to hold on to at TIM'S HOUSE. What doesn't come across, and might be worth some family discussion, is any sense of joy -- or of a person who values herself enough to get the heck out of destructive relationships.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the risk of losing your self-esteem when you fall in love. Do you find yourself putting up with unacceptable behavior, or selling yourself short in other ways, when you get into a romantic relationship? How can you find a way to be in love and still keep your sense of self?

Music details

  • Artist: Kate Walsh
  • Release date: March 26, 2007
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • Genre: Folk
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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