I Don't Want You Back

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
I Don't Want You Back Music Poster Image
Bad singing, obscene lyrics, nothing redeeming.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This CD advocates double-standard thinking and violence against women.


There are a couple of violent images in the lyrics.


Explicitly sexual throughout.


Thoroughly offensive.


Nothing blatant.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of coy drug references.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eamon is a woman-hater, and an inarticulate one at that. The edited version of this CD is nearly impossible to find, so don't count on your teens ever hearing it.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo January 6, 2011

No. Just no.

This was one crappy excuse for a rap album. This is one of the occasions where I agree with CSM. You know what... it's so bad I can't take the time to... Continue reading
Adult Written bykatiegrace1027 April 7, 2010

not really as bad as you think

There is no violence in the song 'I Don't want you back' lots of swears, doesn't imply that men can have sex with whoever and woman can... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

How's the World record for the most cuss words in a song sound?

With 27 cuss words in one song (f--k it), it earned the Guiness Book Of World Records most cuss words in a song.

What's the story?

Eamon apparently wants us all to know that he is a sex-obsessed, misogynist, bullying moron, and proud of it! On I DON'T WANT YOU BACK, Eamon enthusiastically embraces an idiotic double-standard when it comes to the \"Ho,\" a concept with which he is obsessed. He loves them, but when his girlfriend acts like one it breaks his heart. He can screw around, but she can't. And though the music is somewhat good, with classic-sounding soul arrangements, Eamon is a terrible singer. He has a thin, squeaky voice that tends to stray off-key and seems most comfortable when settled into a boring monotone. And then there are the songs themselves, musically derivative and bland at best. But all of that would be forgivable if there were anything redeeming about the lyrics. There isn't.

Is it any good?

Musically, the CD is actually a little bit interesting. Strong rhythm tracks are the backbone of soul arrangements that would work beautifully if the front man could sing, or had anything of value to say. Unfortunately, the songs are clumsily written, blatantly misogynistic, and lacking any redeeming cleverness or artistry. This would be a good CD to skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes some men turn to sexist humor -- could it be that they are really insecure bullies?

Music details

  • Artist: Eamon
  • Release date: February 9, 2004
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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