I Don't Want You Back



Bad singing, obscene lyrics, nothing redeeming.

What parents need to know

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.

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Release date:February 9, 2004
Label:Jive Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old August 14, 2011


What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
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 write a review, because I'll miss something. Just avoid even if your life depends on this. Because, trust me you'd rather die than listen to this.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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't
What other families should know
Too much swearing


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