Good Girl Gone Bad

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Hot hits are filled with sexy double entendres.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A lot of subtle sexism, along with the assumption that men are in charge of relationships. There's also a "stand up for yourself, girlfriend" message here and there -- this one's all over the map.

Violence

One song describes breaking dishes and burning a cheating lover's clothes.

Sex

A lot of innuendo, explicit in a couple of instances: "I'm hot like the block/Ugh Huh you like that/know you wanna bite that" and "My engine's ready to explode, explode, explode/So start me up and watch me go, go, go, go."

Language

The word "ass" appears once.

Consumerism

At least five brand names mentioned (cars and handbags), and an insert advertising makeup and ringtones.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album's lyrics contain a lot of playful sexual innuendo ("Got all the drive but a whole lot of boom in the back/You look like you can handle what's under my hood") that might go over younger kids' heads. There's also some provocative content on the subject of handling anger and control issues in relationships in songs like "Breaking Dishes." Several brand names are mentioned too.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Parent of a 3, 5, 8, 10, and 11-year-old Written bysamhighley123 June 28, 2010

Everyone will want a listen!

My kids love it! 3&5 like "Disturbia", 8 likes "Question Existing", and 10&11 LOVE "Lemme Get That" and "Reha... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Teen, 15 years old Written byTeenParent15 January 24, 2012

It depends on the song

The songs on here I like are good girl gone bad, rehab, umbrella, disturbia, take a bow, shut up and drive and hate that I love you. Shut up and drive is sexual... Continue reading

What's the story?

In one sparkling, danceable track after another, Rihanna explores many aspects of love and relationships on GOOD GIRL GONE BAD. As a young woman coming into adulthood, the artist celebrates her own sexual power on songs like \"Push Up on Me\" (\"Let's play a game, I won't be a tease/I'll show you the boom, my sexy little thing\"). She finds a creative outlet for expressing anger at a cheating lover (\"I'm breaking dishes/up in here all night…I ain't gonna stop until I see the police lights\" on \"Breaking Dishes\"); and she stands up for the power of open, honest communication on \"Say It\" (\"Emotions running wild/I could feel it when I'm next to you/Something's on your mind…blow your secret open wide\").

Is it any good?

The songwriting is predictable and mostly ho-hum. Messages are all over the road, with two parts codependency to one part self-esteem at every turn. But it's the loving production and hypnotic rhythm tracks that make this "good girl gone bad shine." Girls and young women negotiating the ups and downs of relationships will find a lot to love, anyway.

Vocally, Rihanna is most successful on the upbeat, danceable tracks, where her sassy spirit (and generously applied digital effects) help beef things up. Her voice is maturing, but still a little weak and thin for emotive ballads.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Rihanna's maturing image. She's no longer a kid, and her song lyrics reflect her development as an artist. What does a song like "Breaking Dishes" say to you? How do you handle your anger when you have a fight with someone you love? Is breaking something (like dishes) a better outlet than starting a physical fight? Are there other solutions that might be more effective?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: June 5, 2007
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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