A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this talented young musician's songs are visceral and honest, and her lyrics deal with real issues. There's a cigarette or two, a song called "Psycho Bitch," a couple of references to sexuality.
What's the story?
Lesley Roy's dusky, expressive vocals, along with powerful arrangements and terrific songwriting, make UNBEAUTIFUL one of the best CDs to come along in a while. Roy is a versatile performer, careening from hook-filled power pop to soaring ballads and from refreshingly assertive sexuality to insecurity-riddled questioning.
Is it any good?
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Dublin puts her songs across with rare musical integrity, talent, and taste. Provocative song titles like "Psycho Bitch" and "Dead but Breathing" unfold to reveal vulnerability, intense honesty, and loyalty. "Here for You Now" is a promise not to abandon a friend in trouble. "Come Back," the album's closer, is an emotional memorial to a friend, getting to the heart of grief and memory by way of describing one small moment in time ("Come back, come back, you've left us here alone/secrets, you've kept them, now you're lying in the stone/and you'll never come home").
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "Unbeautiful," in which the singer is trying to figure out what's gone wrong in a relationship and blaming herself in an insecure moment ("Was it something that I said? Is it something that I did? 'Cause I gotta know what made me unbeautiful"). Have you ever felt this way? What things can you do to restore your own self-esteem?