After the Storm

Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Monica raps and rhymes in this so-so album.

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

In "Don't Gotta Go Home" Monica pleads with a married man to stay overnight with her.


In "So Gone" Monica threatens to kick down an ex-boyfriend's door.


In "So Gone," Monica wonders what her ex's new girlfriend does better than she did. In "Knock Knock" she moves into a new place and tells her boyfriend he'll sleep alone tonight.


This album is not stickered but cuts off a couple of four-letter words that would have earned it a parental advisory label.


The few references are humorous or well-intentioned. In "U Should've Known Better," Monica denies needing furs or jewelry or shopping in L.A. to cement a relationship. In "Knock Knock" Missy Elliot disses Monica's answering machine and asks why she doesn't have call waiting.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are no obvious references to drugs or alcohol.

What 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.

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byQueenNisey August 27, 2009

A Good Listen for most

I really enjoyed this album, but there is some questionable material for young teens dealing with sex and relationships.
Teen, 15 years old Written bynishaluv327 April 9, 2008
I thought that Monica's after the storm was an excellent CD with a great mix of diiferent types of songs. These songs talk about real life experiences and... Continue reading

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."

Talk to your kids 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?

Music details

  • Artist: Monica
  • Release date: June 17, 2003
  • Label: Atlantic
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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