I Am...Sasha Fierce

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Fierce vocals and killer hooks mix with retro messages.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 23 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some songs feature empowering, you-go-girl messages, but gender roles in all the songs are very traditional. In reference to her wedding-ring finger she sings, "If you like it you should have put a ring on it."


Some teasy flirtation, but nothing really explicit.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few beers here and there: "I have a six-pack in the cooler."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Beyonce
Knowles's third studio album includes strong doses of gender stereotyping and
longing for her guy to call, but there's also a lively, feisty,
"girls, we got to stick together" message on some tracks.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 10, and 11-year-old Written byMPerfection October 4, 2009

No thank you.

I don't remember her cussing in her younger days. Now, all her talk about God is out the window. She says & does "more" than what I car... Continue reading
Parent of a 1 and 6-year-old Written bybu soud June 3, 2009
Kid, 11 years old July 25, 2020

Fierce and strong

This album shows strength, courage, and appropriate romance. Stop what you're doing and put it on right now.
Teen, 13 years old Written byLittleMinajWarrior December 19, 2011


This album is AMAZING. There's nothing bad about it! It's just powerful and awesome! Who wouldn't love this. Not only is it fun to listen AND dan... Continue reading

What's the story?

On I AM…SASHA FIERCE Beyonce applies her considerable
talents to songs that are mostly about relationships. She sings about the glow of
early love, the disappointments of love gone bad, and how much easier life would be if she were a boy. She co-wrote and co-produced every track.

Is it any good?

With Beyonces's usual exquisite delivery and excellent
production standards, I Am...Sasha Fierce sparkles
with intensity while setting the star squarely in some
very traditional roles. "If I Were a Boy" is a fantasy about all the things
women could do if they had the same freedom as guys. It's the "if" that raises
questions. Why can't women take more control over their lives and

Some songs wallow in co-dependency: "If I begged and if I
cried…would it give me some light/should I wait for you to call?" But others are
lovely descriptions of heart-stopping moments that promote a positive message of supporting a friend: "She was lost in so many ways/out in the darkness with no
guide/ I know the cost of a losing hand."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about "If I Were a Boy," in which Beyonce assumes

  • that men and women always behave differently in relationships. Do you think the song promotes gender stereotypes? Given Beyonce's true-life fame and influence would she really need to be more like a boy to enjoy life more?

Music details

  • Artist: Beyonce Knowles
  • Release date: November 18, 2008
  • Label: Sony Music
  • Genre: R&B/Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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