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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

A low tolerance for being manipulated and two-timed by guys is reflected on “Anywhere But Here,” “What’s Good 4 the Goose” and “Let Me Know.” Consistent with 1 Corinthians 15:35, “No Drama” sees wisdom in avoiding bad company, specifically negative, bitter friends (“If you bring me down, you gotta go . . . — just want positive people in my life”). “Love This Way” expresses the universal need for a soulmate. “1,000 Words” puts physical affection in perspective (“1,000 kisses on my lips won’t give me the relationship/ I want much more than that/A love I can keep”).

Objectionable Content

Since the couple ready to split up on “I Wanna Be Free” shares a home, they’re either married and facing divorce or unmarried and living together. “Get Over Yourself” may include subtle allusions to premarital sex. A bit bolder, the unlisted bonus track (“Promise Me”) finds a girl ready to give in sexually, hoping it won’t be just a one-night stand. A remake of Sheila E’s 1984 hit “Glamorous Life” details a wealthy woman’s empty sexual tryst. Liner and CD-ROM photos range from immodest to sensual.

Summary Advisory

From thousands of wannabe divas, these twentysomethings won a TV talent search. The result is prepackaged pop. Sadly, fresh, upbeat messages are shrink-wrapped alongside stale ambiguity and moldy sexual ethics.

Bob Waliszewski
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