A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
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.
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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.
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