Don't Talk, Just Listen

Common Sense Media says

Radio Disney's innocuous R&B boy band.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A lot of talk about getting a girl back, wanting to get a girl, etc.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Nothing raunchy at all: "Your hair skin lips skin touch/everything about you just /invites me excites me to wanna see," "You should of never ever let him get your love/I swear you gave him something he didn't deserve," and "And I don't know what it is maybe/maybe its the way that you shake it/or maybe it's the way that your mamma made it, whatever it is, I can't take it/I gotta have you and me."

Language
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Consumerism

One mention of a Sidekick, Bentley, and Vicks (Nike shoes). "Hit the ATM, get my pockets swell."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this R&B brother quintet is played on heavy rotation on Radio Disney. Mixed with R&B and light rap (think a harder Boyz II Men on some tracks), at first listen the music may sound a bit mature, but the content is clean enough for tweens to groove to. There are, however, a few lines that you probably wish you could fast forward: "Never been known as a player (player)/but ain't nobody gonna say (that I ain't had my share)," "Wanna be the one to freak you right," and "Cars, house, cash, you see/all expensive jewelry/I got it you can grab it," but in the grand scheme of scary music, this band is nothing to worry about.

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What's the story?

Tween girls (and smooth-talking boys) will be running out to buy this album. And it's not really for the music: It's all about image. B5, the group made up of the five Breeding brothers, are good-looking tweens and teens who have cool outfits to boot. We've seen it before (Boyz II Men, Jackson 5, Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync, etc.), but it's been a while since tweens had a R&B/soul/rap boy band to swoon over.

Is it any good?

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As far as the music itself, it's unimaginative ("You're so special girl, to me/and you'll always be, eternally") and actually not all that good (the boys' voices crack on a few tracks and their harmonizing isn't stellar), but tech-savvy tweens will relate to their lyrics about checking voicemail, texting, and emailing. They also tend to keep it relatively clean and harmless -- just a lot of "girl I wanna be with you" and "don't you know I'm the guy for you." Now that's something parents can swoon over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how young artists create an image for themselves. Is it enough to just put out an album? Why do bands feel the need to dress a certain way and invent an image? Families can also talk about how R&B singers can be cool without relying on sex, violence, and profanity.

Music details

Artist:B5
Release date:September 11, 2007
Label:Bad Boy Entertainment
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Parent of a 1, 3, 6, and 8 year old Written byValmac82 July 23, 2009
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Better than most, but still have some concerns.

I don't like that the boys seem to dwell a little too much on girls. For my 8 year old I don't think that it's highly appropriate, there will be plenty of time for that later on. At the same time, I think that the music is a lot cleaner than other similar groups that my child wants to listen to. So I guess as a mom I am thankful to have an alternative to offer my child. I will however listen to all the songs and decide which songs will be most appropriate to download on his personal player.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 15 years old Written bycece.15_4@yahoo.com June 10, 2009
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I went crazy

I love b5. I love every thing about them. I hope they make more music and sexy videos. I love you b5.

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