"Fast Car" (CD Single)



British R&B star cuts clean but predictable song about love.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This track is about a guy who equates his romantic feelings to a revved-up car; not many messages beyond that.

Positive role models

Track is about being head-over-heels in love.

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Some very mild sexual references, such as feeling "turned on" like a running engine, and "I'll drive you like a fast car."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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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What's the story?

"FAST CAR" is the first single from British R&B singer Taio Cruz since his third full-length album, TY.O. Just before this release, Cruz's career received a boost from his performance (with fellow Brit singer Jessie J) at the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk 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.

  • Cruz has collaborated with the likes of Gym Class Heroes' Travie McCoy, Ke$ha, and other superstar artists. Does he have the same impact on his own? Why or why not?

  • If you could give Cruz some advice on how to distinguish himself in the highly competitive R&B field, what would you tell him?

Music details

Artist:Taio Cruz
Release date:August 7, 2012
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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