Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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RiRi sheds her darker tone, but not the sex and drinking.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 12 reviews

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

Positive Messages

Though most of the messages are simply too mature for young kids rather than overwhelmingly negative, a couple of tunes -- like "S&M" and "Cheers" -- contain troubling lyrics about potentially dangerous behaviors.

Positive Role Models & Representations

On this album, Rihanna leaves her problems with former flame Chris Brown even farther in the past, returning to her lighter side.


One tune discusses S&M, while another tells the story of gunning a man down.


Some pretty sexy songs; for example: "No heels,
no shirt,
no skirt,
all I'm in is just skin / No jeans,
take 'em off, wanna feel your skin."


A couple of f-bombs.


A few product references, including Jameson whiskey and Ray-Ban.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The song "Cheers" is all about drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album shows Rihanna in typical form, singing mostly about things that aren't necessarily negative -- but are just too adult for younger ears. The explicit version of the album includes a few f-bombs, and even the clean version features some eyebrow-raising lyrics about sex, substances, and violent situations.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Adult Written bydavidrox February 10, 2013

Great Talent! but too sexy

great album, really catchy, lots of talent, but lots of dark songs, including F-bombs, and lots of sexual violence,(S&M, What's My name, ect...) g... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMerveille February 1, 2021

best one

hey swear languages is one of the top things your kid won't understand and this is one of the best album
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018

What's the story?

R&B darling Rihanna is back with LOUD -- her first new record since Rated R, her dark musical response to the violent relationship she had with former flame Chris Brown. The new album finds Rihanna in a much better place, returning to the fun, light outlook she displayed before the troubles with Brown. That said, much of the subject matter in Loud is still too adult for young tweens and teens, including some steamy references to sex and drinking, along with one song that chronicles a shooting.

Is it any good?

RiRi's more positive outlook on life is reflected throughout this record in more upbeat rhythms, some of which have a fun island flair that reflects her Caribbean roots. Combined with her ever-solid vocals as well as guest spots by Nicki Minaj and Eminem, the album gives Rihanna fans a fresh take on the style they've come to love.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how this CD differs from Rihanna's previous record, Rated R. Comparing the songs on both albums, how do you think Rihanna has changed in the past few years?

  • Does Rihanna seem to have a more positive or negative outlook now? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: November 16, 2010
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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