For a kid of a spectacularly famous musician, releasing an album of his or her own can be painful.
RELEASE DATE: Nov. 26
For a kid of a spectacularly famous musician, releasing an album of his or her own can be painful. Comparisons to mom or, in this case, dad, often pile onto the work—unfairly or not. With that said, it's safe to say there are legitimately catchy tracks on Kelly Osbourne's debut, Shut Up—a salute to retro chick rock. Taken as a whole, too many of the songs have the same rapid-fire guitar licks. But there's "On Your Own," a bratty, boisterous song that's tough not to like. And just imagining Osbourne singing the title track to dad is fun as well. Her recent cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" (which is a hidden track) went over well enough, suggesting some promise for her, at least as a commanding performer. Yet in primarily writing all the songs for her first full-length CD, Osbourne is a sort of scrappy success, even if falling considerably short of her likely inspirations, such as Blondie or Joan Jett.—SA