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Diva's fourth CD is a little edgy but still OK for teens.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some very positive messages (especially for young girls), like being strong and independent and making the most out of life: "I want to say I lived each day, until I die / I know that I had something in, somebody's life / The hearts I have touched, will be the proof that I leave / That I made a difference, and this world will see."

Positive role models

Encourages listeners to be the best people they can be.


The tracks "1+1" and "Rather Die Young" include a few violent metaphors about falling in love: ""I don't know much about guns, but I've been shot by you."


Mild references to "lip-locking" and making love.


 "S--t" and a smattering of bleeped-out swearing ("f--k", the "N" word).

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Mentions drinking champagne and smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that 4 follows Beyonce's typical style: a few mature references here and there, though mostly clean throughout. More adult lyrics include some mentions of kissing and making love, a few allusions to drinking champagne and smoking, a handful of bleeped-out swear words, and a couple of oddly violent metaphors about how much Beyonce loves her guy. By and large, however, it's a pretty clean record that's OK for teens.

What's the story?

With a title that bears no hidden meaning, 4 is the fourth solo record from the R&B superstar who also sports just a one-word name: Beyonce. Lyrically, the 12 songs are similar to dozens of Beyonce hits that have come before, with little in the way of questionable content other than a few mild references to kissing, sex, champagne, and smoking. Profanity is limited to only one outright "s--t" and a few more bleeped-out words ("s--t," "f--k," the "N" word). While there are a couple of strangely violent metaphors about love -- comparing the feeling to being shot and lit on fire -- they're overshadowed by the super-positive messages about being a strong, independent person and getting the most out of life. Overall, the album is another positive pick for teens.

Is it any good?


The slower, sultry quality of several of these tracks ("I Miss You," "Love on Top") allows Beyonce's amazing pipes to shine through especially well. Particularly notable highlights include the guest performance by rapper Andre 3000, one half of the Outkast duo, and the super-upbeat single "Girls (Run the World)."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Beyonce has both changed and stayed the same between her first record, Dangerously in Love, and her fourth.

  • What are some aspects of Beyonce's style that have stayed the same over the years, despite her transformation into a huge star?

Music details

Artist:Beyonce Knowles
Release date:June 28, 2011
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old December 18, 2011

Off for ages 9 and under

There are some inappropriate things that people say in songs, but remember GET OVER IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old January 2, 2012


Beyonce's album 4 is great for all ages. But, there may be some inappropriate things for 11 and under. It mostly talks about sex in some songs which is kinda inappropriate for kids to hear about. Some of the titles or lyrics to her song may have some violence to it. Most of the songs that have violence might be 1+1 and Rather Die Young.Some ages wouldn't really be worried about that then some may. There is also some songs that talks about drinking a glass of champagne. The word is usually heard in Love On Top. Some cussing may be in some songs where they may use the "D" word or the "S' word. But, most of the time there are great songs to dance too like Party, Love On Top and Countdown. Most of the songs will usually keep you up and moving then some songs may just be talking about love or break ups. The album has a side of fun and love. The album may talk about love and relationships. Then, on the other side it's all about having swag and having fun. The album seems alright!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byLittleMinajWarrior December 19, 2011

It's Ok/Alright

This is not the best album. I love Beyonce, I really do, but this album isn't nearly as good as I Am Sasha Fierce. Yall need to wake up, you write pathetic reviews CSM. I love Party, but the version with J. Cole, and I like Best Thing I Never Had. This song has girl power, it's awesome. Beyonce is cool, but she dresses bad. It's OK. Some language, but that's in typical 2011 music.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing