Why Wait

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Cute country from upbeat Idol finalist.

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Positive Messages

Believing in and being yourself: "My dreams are calling/I know it's now or never," "I know I'm beautiful and strong because I see myself like my mother does," "When I'm down I give it all I got."


A few mentions of being kissed: "I get so emotional when your lips touch me."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Only a metaphorical reference to addiction: "My favorite addiction/you're no good for me."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is the second album from American Idol finalist Kristy Lee Cook. It's typical pop country music with themes about God's love and grace, family, leaving home, and finding love.

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What's the story?

Fresh off the American Idol Live! Tour, country songbird Kristy Lee Cook releases her second album, WHY WAIT. It features the hit single "15 Minutes of Shame" (which is a bit more vitriolic than other songs on the album), as well as Cook's rendition of "God Bless the USA," which she sang on TV during Idol.

Is it any good?

Like her Idol country counterparts before her (Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler), Cook is best when she sings sweet and spunky. "Not Tonight" and "I Think Too Much" are fun, feisty tracks that work great for her voice, with singable, lovably "redneck" lyrics like "Does this dress look too churchy/is this lipstick too white trash?" "Plant the Seed" and "Like My Mother Does" are typical country tearjerkers that bring chills even if you aren't a fan of this type of music, and "Homesick" has Cook pining about her own life: "My dreams are calling/I know it's now or never."

At times Cook's voice isn't quite up to par of other country queens like Underwood and LeAnn Rimes, but that could be because she recorded the album while on tour with the rest of the Idol hopefuls. Cook is cute, country, and blond -- not necessarily a new concept -- and she sings to please for CMT and Idol fans alike.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the never-ending popularity of American Idol and how it contributes to the success of its finalists. Do you think fans of the show will continue to be fans of previous contestants just because they were on Idol?

Music details

  • Artist: Kristy Lee Cook
  • Release date: September 16, 2008
  • Label: Arista
  • Genre: Country
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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