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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Fast Car" is a relatively tame song that uses a fast-car metaphor to describe developing a crush on someone. Though it includes some very mild allusions to sex, like "I'll drive you like a fast car," it features no profanity or graphic references and is an OK if predictable pick for younger R&B fans.
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Though the "drive you like a fast car" metaphor for sexual intimacy is pretty tired by now, this tune is appealing enough musically -- with a mellow, guitar-based opening sequence that gives Cruz a chance to show off his solid vocal skills. The rest of the tune lapses into a formulaic synth beat which, while hardly original, will fit well within the club rotation.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how artists like Taio Cruz, who gain popularity primarily through partnering with other hugely successful artists, fare when striking out on their own.
If you could give Cruz some advice on how to distinguish himself in the highly competitive R&B field, what would you tell him?
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