B'Day

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Beyonce keeps getting better. Teens OK.
Popular with kidsParents recommend

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Very strong message of female pride and self-esteem.

Violence
Sex

A lot of sexy innuendo, but nothing explicit.

Language
Consumerism

Brand names are mentioned in song "Upgrade U." CD insert includes an ad for ringtones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the sexy innuendo in this CD is delivered with a strong sense of girl-power fun.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bychris stillie April 9, 2008
Adult Written bycrap April 9, 2008

Great

This rocks!
Kid, 12 years old December 22, 2009
Cool CD by Beyonce!!! Me and my friend made a dance to one of the songs.
Teen, 13 years old Written byjakek6 August 24, 2009

13 and up

This album is awesome!! I love it. There is the N word in one song. And there a some sexual inuendos. But nothing graphic or explicit. Beyonce is really good.

What's the story?

The B'DAY album of Beyoncé is nothing less than a total explosion of dance-party fun. Kicking off with "Déjà vu," a red-hot duet with Jay-Z, the divine Ms. B. comes into her own as a songwriter, performer, and champion of female empowerment and self-esteem. Lyrics follow the twists and turns of a woman's heart with most of the sexual innuendo defused by a strong sense of fun. She soars and whispers, croons and shouts, delivering honesty, soul, intelligence, sensuality, and humor in her performances.

Is it any good?

In Beyoncé's world, girlfriends help each other through good times, bad times, quiet times, and party times. This message comes across loud and clear not only in the song lyrics, but also in the wonderful interplay between the lead and background vocals, lending subliminal support to Beyoncé's girl-power message. The instrumental tracks, though sometimes melodically monotonous, are exquisitely performed and produced. On B'Day,> Beyoncé demonstrates her ever-growing musical versatility, taste, and songwriting abilities.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Beyoncé as a solo artist compared to her role in Destiny's Child. Do you think it would be more fun to be a solo star or to make music with your friends? Why?

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