She Wolf

Common Sense Media says

Latina diva sings sexy songs without describing sex.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Dysfunctional relationships are celebrated, with Shakira singing about always choosing the wrong guy (but then denying there's anything wrong with that), cheating for the sake of revenge, impulsively jumping into romance, and hating an ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend.

Positive role models

Mixed messages are sent. Sometimes Shakira is very positive, telling listeners to go for their dreams and that they can have anything if they really want it. But then "Mon Amour" talks about wishing bad things on an ex and his new love ("hope the French fleas eat you both alive and your room smells and the toilet doesn't flush"), while "Spy" seems to condone stalking behavior ("There's a spy by my window, I know it's you").

Violence

There are a few eyebrow-raising references to stealing, suicide, and revenge, but these are more abstract images (waiting is compared to suicide, for example), so there isn't anything seriously violent here.

Sex

Flirty and sensual, the album features a few gasps and growls, but no explicit mention of sex. On "Long Time" Shakira sings "Show me all the talent God has given you, I want us thinking outside the box (all night long) Just keep it going." "I wish I had longer legs, that I could fasten to your body so you'd take me with you everywhere, and when you think I can take no more (all night long) just keep on going." One song does mention "getting knocked up."

Language

"Damnit" is said once.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that overall this album is mostly OK for young teens, but parents should still be ready to talk about certain issues. A discussion about healthy relationships might be in order since this album presents some iffy role models for kids entering the dating scene. Talk of "not waiting," purposely picking the bad boy, and seeking revenge after a failed relationship are some of the dicey areas here. Although there's a definite sexiness to the songs, the lyrics don't really go beyond flirtation and kissing references.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

For fans familiar with Shakira's music, SHE WOLF might be a bit of a surprise. That's because the South American star has moved beyond the pop charts and jumped into the clubs, adding electronica and dancehall sounds to the mix this time around. That means there's lots of sound effects, techno beats, and synthesized sounds to be found on this, her third English album. Besides trying out new sounds, Shakira's lyrics also get a little darker, with songs focused on both the good and bad sides of love. Some of the famous names tied to this LP include Lil Wayne, who collaborates with her on "Give It Up to Me," and producers Timbaland and Pharrell Williams.

Is it any good?

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Taking chances is usually a good thing for a musician. But when the results are as excellent as they are on this album, it's a reason to celebrate. Shakira brings the high-tech sounds of electronic pop and dancehall to the masses, making the genres easily digestible and user-friendly. But it's not just the hot sounds that make this album a stand-out: Shakira's lyrics and subject matter remain interesting and at time irreverent. After all, how many songs about gypsies have there been in the past decade, and how many other singers today can pull off singing about French fleas and bad plumbing while staying sexy? Teens may not appreciate the unusual lyrics, but they'll love the dance party beats.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about healthy romantic relationships. What is the proper way to handle a breakup? How should you treat someone in a relationship? Is cheating ever justified? Do you think Shakira promotes a healthy role model for being in love?

  • Talk about how women are portrayed in popular media. Shakira sometimes discusses situations that make women appear to be victimized, like when a jealous boyfriend spies on her. Do you think women should get more respect in the media? Does it change how you view women and yourself when you hear lyrics that degrade them?

  • Discuss the realities of sex. Shakira says she's not "a waiter," meaning she doesn't want to wait to have a physical relationship with someone. Do you think this is the right message to send to kids? Do you think people sometimes jump into sexual relationships too soon and wind up getting hurt? What does the media not show you about the consequences of these decisions?

Music details

Artist:Shakira
Release date:November 23, 2009
Label:Epic
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old Written byreveiwer123987 November 30, 2009
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Good for Tweens and up

I think that this is a great song my friend and I love it.

Adult Written bycaitlin414 December 19, 2009
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What other families should know
Too much sex
Parent Written bycooldad101 July 27, 2010
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7
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Ugh! no way!

I definitely don't want my daughter to listen to this or watch the music video on You Tube or VEVO. Way too inappropriate.

What other families should know
Too much sex

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