A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
On her third solo album, Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is indeed UNEXPECTED. In a stylish departure from her two previous gospel CDs, she delivers her first full-length contemporary R&B album. Alternating between rhythmic dance-party tracks and romantic ballads, she goes for a sexy, flirty feel without ever getting explicit -- or particularly soulful.
Is it any good?
Williams' sweet, melodic voice is perfect for the material on Unexpected, though the self-important, synth-heavy instrumentation is often a bit much for her gentle delivery. The songs cover familiar and teen-friendly territory; they're all about love, relationships (both good and bad), and how it feels to be treated like a child when you think you're all grown up. The sexy bits fall safely in innuendo territory, but if you're looking for lyrics that go beyond a "you complete my life" (or "you screw up my life") kind of love song, you won't find them here.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "Too Young for Love," a song about a 16-year-old whose parents think she's trying to grow up too fast, and her 18-year-old boyfriend, who gives up a college scholarship to stay with her. Do you think running away together (as they do in the song) is the best solution? Can you think of other ways to handle this situation?