What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Monica writes about boyfriends, love, and sex, and the disappointments they can bring. But most of the electricity comes from the hip-hop tracks written and coproduced by Missy Elliott.
What's the story?
On the cover of AFTER THE STORM, Monica stands beside a private jet on a slick tarmac, suggesting that during a five-year layover between albums, she has traveled in new directions. This is no mere gimmick. Monica's voice is a tad lower, a bit stronger and, at 23, she better understands love's disappointments after experiencing them herself. In fact, Monica co-wrote several songs for this album, including \"U Should've Known Better,\" where she chides her boyfriend not to be a sugar daddy to get her love; and \"I Wrote This Song,\" about dangerous choices that force her to leave another boyfriend behind.
Is it any good?
The songs written by Monica are self-revealing and describe how she deals with the ups and downs of love. But these tracks don't have the beat and electricity of the up-tempo hip-hop cuts Missy Elliott wrote and co-produced, like "So Gone" and "Get It Off."
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about whether they agree with Monica that singing lyrics you've written yourself makes you sing with more feeling. Discuss what you might write about and how it might sound set to music -- say, a rap rhythm?