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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that though the single includes some not-so-subtle references to sex as well as a sexist message comparing a woman's body to fast food, it doesn't contain profanity or anything too explicit in the way of sexual descriptions. While the song is out of young kids' league, it's OK for older teens.
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What's the story?
CARRY OUT is one of the singles off of Shock Value II, the latest album from uber-producer Timbaland. In this song, Timbaland collaborates with scorching-hot singer Justin Timberlake, with the two switching off vocal duties in these lyrics about a hot girl who has a body like a take-out restaurant: "take my order 'cause your body like a carry out." Some of the lines are questionable; for example, "I have you open all night like an IHOP." But for the most part, these lyrics -- which are free of profanity and explicit content -- come across as more amusing than offensive.
Is it any good?
When you mix an awesome producer with a killer vocalist, you're bound to get a great result, and "Carry Out" is the proof. Timbaland has long been lauded for his gift of enhancing an artist's gifts, which he does in this single by infusing it with an absolutely infectious beat and a super funky bass line -- ideal complements to Timberlake's R&B-oriented style. The Manon Dave remix of the song is even more addictive than the original version that appears on the album.
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