A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the songs here are pretty much divided into two camps: bitter post-breakup rants and newly single boasts. The former are clean in terms of sex and language but the anger and vengefulness Timberlake displays is a bit alarming. The latter group of songs are full of sexual messages--from "Funny how a few words turned into sex" in "Like I Love You" to "I could think of a couple of positions for you" in "Right for Me." Kids may tell you that they don't listen to the lyrics because these are just fun dance songs, but it's still worth discussing the sexual messages they're receiving here.
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What's the story?
Like his fellow ex-Mouseketeers Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake is out to prove to the world that he has matured. For his first solo album JUSTIFIED, he didn't take any chances -- he brought in the big guns of hip-hop (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, P. Diddy) to help create a legitimate R&B album that should make most people forget about his boy-band days.The best songs here are the fun, upbeat ones--\"Rock Your Body\" is the kind of song that gets wallflowers on the dance floor (parents should be aware that the lyrics are racy, with Timberlake promising to \"get you naked by the end of this song\"), while \"Senorita\" is the perfect party starter (that's quite a falsetto he has!). However, he slips when he shifts into bitter mode (\"Never Again\" and \"Last Night\").
Is it any good?
Clearly Timberlake still needs to grow as an artist (and get over his bitterness!), but it seems that we can certainly expect great things from him going forward. Bottom line: This is great R&B, but you may want to run through some of the lyrics on a Web site such as Lyrics.com before you share this with your kids.