Don't Talk, Just Listen

Music review by
Heidi Kotansky, Common Sense Media
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Radio Disney's innocuous R&B boy band.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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

Violence & Scariness
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
Consumerism

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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 1, 3, 6, and 8 year old Written byValmac82 July 23, 2009

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written by[email protected] June 10, 2009

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.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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