"Fast Car" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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British R&B star cuts clean but predictable song about love.

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A lot or a little?

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

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 & Representations

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

Violence
Sex

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

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Teen, 13 years old Written byBig Fan May 26, 2018

Great song, but not quite for younger kids

I think this is a great song. But it is still best for older kids. There are some very mild references to sex (https://commonsensemedia.org/music-reviews/fast-c... Continue reading

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.

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.

  • 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
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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