Unfabulous and More

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Cute and squeaky clean, but Roberts lacks talent.

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Positive Messages

She's a teenager's teenager.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Inserts advertise TV show on Nickelodeon.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the scariest thing about this CD is Emma reaching for the high notes.

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Adult Written byemikamc April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written byMedia45 April 9, 2008
Teen, 15 years old Written bymelbatoast April 9, 2008

Ah no.

This is based on a show about a girl who thinks she can sing but can't. This is a CD that reflects her talent to make people's ears bleed.

What's the story?

We dare you to walk into the room while your kids are watching Unfabulous and not be drawn in, in spite of yourself. Emma Roberts is absolutely charming as Addie on the Nickelodeon show, in which she plays the part of a teenager with a passion for rock & roll. You'll find yourself rooting for her every inch of the way as she deals with mean teachers and clueless classmates in her never-ending campaign to be Understood as an Artist. She is bright, energetic, adorable, and irresistible. The lyrics of her brand-new CD, UNFABULOUS AND MORE, deal with some issues that are important to tweens -- love lost and found, being one of the unpopular kids, longing for acceptance and respect.

Is it any good?

Unfabulous and More attempts to put "Addie's" songs across without the benefit of Emma Roberts' visual charm or acting ability, and it sort of works some of the time -- but not nearly enough to be a good album. There's a baby-doll, nasal quality to the lead vocals that is effective when the songs are heard one at a time in the context of a TV show, but starts to get annoying about three songs in...and the songs themselves aren't terrific enough to compensate. One tune at a time on a compilation or multi-artist soundtrack would be the perfect way to hear Emma Roberts' music, even though she is a natural-born scene stealer as an actress. The best way to enjoy Emma Roberts is still on Nickelodeon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it might be like if Julia Roberts was your aunt. Would Emma Roberts have her own show and CD if she wasn't from a famous family?

Music details

  • Artist: Emma Roberts
  • Release date: September 27, 2005
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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