A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although this album doesn't say anything too explicit, there are some sexy moments that allude to "gettin' it on." Talk of "riding it," grinding, and "working it all night" make the songs too sexy for younger kids. Teens, however, have probably heard worse, so this is a hip-hop album that won't cause too much parental stress. All the sexy songs come in the first half of the album, with the second half focusing on topics of heartache and loss, which means the later part of the record is okay for tweens as well.
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What's the story?
Jay Sean was a popular R&B singer in Europe and Asia before he was introduced to the States. It took Cash Money Records (Lil' Wayne's label!) to sign him and introduce his brand of smooth hip-hop to the US. This actually marked the first time a British Asian (Sean is of Indian descent) was signed to an American label. ALL OR NOTHING is Sean's third album and follows the crooner down the path of love and ecstasy and into a world of inner turmoil and longing as he explores both the good and bad effects of falling in love.Â
Is it any good?
Sure it's cool for an R&B singer to be smooth and sexy, crooning about scandalous ways to seduce female listeners. Jay Sean plays up this sexy swagger on a number of tracks here. But it's an uneasy role for the singer, who seems to be more passionate about the intricacies of human relationships rather than just getting someone in bed. No doubt this is your standard mood-setting album for adults. But Jay Sean's no Barry White, and his vocals, laced with overpowering beats, are much more enjoyable when he takes them to the dance-floor, rather than the bedroom.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about sexy lyrics. Sometimes with thumping beats and electronic effects it's tough to hear the lyrics. Can you easily notice when lyrics push the envelope? What are your family's rules about adult-themed lyrics?
Talk about male pop singers who use seduction in their songs. Do you think this is an easy way to appeal to young female audiences, or do you think everyone would like to listen to these lyrics? Does it seem like some albums only focus on love and lust? Why do you think that is?
Talk about how different musical genres vary by country. Jay Sean is of Indian descent, but he was born in Britain. How do you think this influences his music? How does American hip-hop differ from that of other countries? How is it similar?
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