Justified

Music review by
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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Solid R&B; check lyrics before sharing with kids.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Justin Timberlake comes across as one very bitter young man--apparently his last relationship didn't turn out too well...Also, his bragging about his swinging single life borders on being obnoxious.

Violence
Sex

Ranges from innuendo ("get real wet if you know what I mean" in "(And She Said) Take Me Now" to obvious ("better have you naked by the end of this song" ) in "Rock Your Body".

Language

Some profanity--"hell", "damn", "ass".

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One reference to drinking shots in "Like I Love You".

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichael G. April 9, 2008
Adult Written bysra_timberlake07 April 9, 2008

I

This CD has some sexual innuendos that surprised me, but overall it is a good CD. The sexual innuendos aren't often enough to be taken seriously. I love th... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byRosebud95 August 4, 2011

Nice

This album is a bit iffy, but it's a nice one. And listening to him in NSync and him on this album, I think his voice improved. Now, about the sex on this... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byErin_aimeee March 9, 2014

I

I honestly don't know what common sense was thinking when the published this but this album has some great songs. This is his first album after being in N... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Timberlake seems so angry, and talk about the different ways people handle the end of relationships. And why does he feel the need to be so in-your-face about his love life?

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