A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
What's the story?
On A GIRL LIKE ME, Rihanna tries to keep the party going with some very danceable songs, interspersed with a large helping of heartfelt ballads. She starts off with the irresistibly danceable "SOS" before drifting off into a more thoughtful and pensive mood. The CD seems designed to show off Rihanna's increased emotional depth and range as she matures artistically. The songs work, but some fans might miss the fun vibe of Music of the Sun.
Is it any good?
A Girl Like Me is expressive, even a little soulful, but less exciting and far less exotic than Rihanna's debut. Lovesick teens will respond to the heartbreak stuff as much as the dance tunes, but others might find the songs a bit tedious. The themes are a bit more substantial as well as more blatantly sexual, but without being explicit. A gentle message of empowerment for girls shows up in several of the tunes, addressing issues of self-esteem and controlling one's own life and loves.