"Impossible" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Clean spin on the classic break-up song; OK for older tweens

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

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Positive Messages

Shontelle gives an emotionally honest account of what it feels like to fall for someone and have your heart broken.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shontelle has lived a very full life in her mere 23 years; not only has she established a successful singing career, but she has also been an exceptional student, participated in several sports, and someday aspires to be a lawyer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tune is a clean spin on the classic break-up song. Without swearing or making mature references, Shontelle describes how the object of her affections has left her brokenhearted: "Tell them I was happy and my heart is broken, all my scars are open / Tell them what I hoped would be impossible, impossible." Teens experiencing their first heartbreak will relate.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15-year-old Written bybriannaaa August 19, 2010
Kid, 10 years old February 8, 2011
This song is very sexually explicit and should only be viewed by adults
Teen, 14 years old Written byMegan96 February 5, 2011
I don't like this song.

What's the story?

IMPOSSIBLE is the R&B single by Shontelle, the talented female singer out of Barbados who's friends with another vocal superstar from the same country -- Rihanna. Unlike her friend, however, Shontelle keeps this break-up tune extra clean. She avoids graphic language or adult content in favor of pure-and-simple emotional honesty. Sample lyrics include: "And now when all is done, there is nothing to say \

Is it any good?

Rihanna may be more famous, but Shontelle's singing skills are no less impressive. While neither is a match for R&B queen Beyonce, at times this tune sounds similar to Beyonce's "Irreplaceable," with the same power-ballad feel that makes you hit repeat more than once. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the similarities and differences between Shontelle and her friend and fellow artist, Rihanna. How does Shontelle's clean, honest song about a failed relationship compare to the tunes on Rihanna's latest record, many of which reference her violent relationship with Chris Brown?

  • If you could talk to Shontelle, what advice would you give her about trying to get over her break-up?

Music details

  • Artist: Shontelle
  • Release date: July 1, 2010
  • Label: Src Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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