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Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
FutureSex/LoveSounds Music Poster Image
Danceable songs more steamy/sexy than super.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 30 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some sexist imagery among all the sexy imagery.


The album as a whole is pretty much all about sex. Sexy lyrics in the popular song "SexyBack" include something about getting whipped "if I misbehave," all delivered with a wink.


Some four-letter words that will be offensive to many parents ("motherf--ker," for example).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some strong language (a few "motherf--ker"s) and whole lot of sexual innuendo and steaminess here. In fact, the CD is pretty much all about sex. The song "SexyBack" has a very steamy and stylish video to match.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRosebud95 September 21, 2013

Really 'randy' album

My favorites are "SexyBack", "D*mn Girl", "Let Me Talk To You/My Love", "Sexy Ladies" and "LoveStoned/I Think She K... Continue reading
Adult Written byPollyRoger April 9, 2008

Not for kids

There's no doubt about it- Justin Timberlake makes a good album. The songs are fun, and catchy, but there's innuendo in all of them, and over-the-top... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byIsntThatGreat June 28, 2010
There are some great songs on this album, especially SexyBack! Any mature kid/teen can handle it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byNot_Interested October 30, 2009

Bad for anyone that lives or breathes

Guess you don't have to write good songs to get music out can't you people do any better than this

What's the story?

FUTURESEX/LOVESOUNDS is just what the title implies: a collection of mostly danceable, occasionally romantic songs about the art of the chase. Justin Timberlake is a terrific singer, there's no doubt about it. He also appears to be a guy with something to prove. Once a sweet-faced boy-band rocker, he's made sure his solo career involves, along with a cadre of carefully selected producers and arrangers, a whole lot of songs about sex. Okay, we get it already. Yeah, it must be especially fun to say that "motherf--ker" word and sprinkle your lyrics with kinky-sex imagery when you grew up in the squeaky-clean boy-band world. But when it gets in the way of good songwriting ... well, maybe that's when it's time to get over yourself.

Is it any good?

Timberlake's wonderful voice is mixed inconsistently on these tracks. The songs themselves tend to be repetitive and a bit tedious, although once again they're performed beautifully. But Justin's obsession with proving himself to be sexy ends up working against him. All Timberlake ever has to do is sing well-written songs with his gorgeous voice and some simple, no-frills arrangements. Maybe one of these days we'll get to hear him do just that. Meanwhile, Timberlake continues to make sure we know that our little boy's grown up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what it might be like to be in a boy band and then strike off on your own. Would it be liberating or scary? Is there something to be said for finding safety in limits? How hard do you think Timberlake is working to make you forget he once looked as innocent as Joey or J.C.?

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