"In the Dark" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired dance-pop song about getting down and dirty.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The song is about a mature sexual relationship.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The song is sexual in nature but isn't meant for young kids who would be looking for a role model.


Sexual descriptions leave little to the imagination: "On my waist, through my hair, think about it when you touch me there."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "In the Dark" is loaded with sexual messages, including some pretty descriptive lines about getting down and dirty in the bedroom. While the track doesn't contain profanity or other mature content, the sexual references alone are enough to put it beyond the reach of younger kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJared Galczynski August 11, 2014
"Sex Drive Push Da Stat!" Not a very good song, but I allow the word "sex" in my house.
Adult Written byteddybear88 October 21, 2011


This song is not Appropriate
Kid, 11 years old August 11, 2012


One word : HORRIBLE!
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 8, 2012

Great song!

I really like this song. It's got a great foot-tapping beat to it.

What's the story?

Internet sensation Dev (short for Devin Star Tailes) describes some pretty hot and heavy sexual situations in \"IN THE DARK,\" a single from her forthcoming first album The Night the Sun Came Up. With lines like \"open my body up and do some surgery\" and \"I got a sex drive, just push to start,\" this tune is clearly about one thing.

Is it any good?

The trouble with calling yourself a singer is that you actually have to pack a vocal punch -- which Dev doesn't. Though she goes for a Feist-type vibe, Dev lacks the smooth, silky tone that makes Feist a stand-out. The song's unoriginal dance-pop hook doesn't help matters much, either.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether up and coming singers like Dev need to focus on sex in their songs to be noticed. Are there other topics that are as attention-getting?

  • Does Dev's emphasis on sex in this song make her seem cool? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: Dev
  • Release date: October 3, 2011
  • Type: Single
  • Label: Universal
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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