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"Nuclear" (CD Single)

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Supergroup’s "comeback" track has '90s sound; one iffy word.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Togetherness and a can-do attitude really can achieve great things.

Positive role models

It’s cool to hear superstars advocate commitment and partnership through thick and thin.

Violence
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Sex
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Language

Surprising use of "s--t" in the first verse seems as if it could've been easily avoided, and the chorus’s "goin' all the way" could be taken several ways.

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the lyrics of "Nuclear" glorify the singer's "us against the world" bond with her partner -- they're not just unstoppable, they're "nuclear" together. There's a hint of doubt, however, as she asks, "Why run? Why would you run?" There's also a four-letter word in the first verse ("s--t"), and the chorus contains the phrase "going all the way."

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What's the story?

Despite disbanding twice, once in 2002 and again in 2006, Destiny's Child (Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams) has sold more than 50 million albums since 1998. "NUCLEAR," their first single since 2005, is the only new song on a compilation, Love Songs.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

"Bootylicious" this isn't. Fans could be forgiven for thinking "Nuclear" is a sleeper from the vaults: The Pharrell Williams-produced breakbeat groove and faux strings are straight from the '90s, and the song's lack of a strong bass line or any exciting change makes it sound unfinished. The lyrics are vague, and there's nothing groundbreaking here. Although Williams gets a verse, Beyonce dominates most of the track, and the production is stripped down and spare.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about individuality in relationship. What are some ways to balance and retain your individuality when you're in a relationship? What are the advantages of facing the ups and downs of life alongside a partner?

  • Destiny’s Child has broken up twice, but they remain friends. What are some ways to keep friendships intact despite changes?

  • Why do you think Beyonce is the most successful and famous member of Destiny's Child?

Music details

Artist:Destiny's Child
Release date:January 29, 2013
Type:Single
Label:Sony Music
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byEmily999162 February 24, 2013

Bad Role Models with Bad Language!

When I heard this music, I was mad because this website says it's okay for 13 year olds when it's not. Kids and teenagers in this world today, when they hear cursing in music they think it's cool, when there's a "No Cursing!" in the house. My brother repeats everything he here's so he can't hear music or watch a movie with cursing in it. So I recommend doing that. Get rid of al music and movies with cursing.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old February 9, 2013

Boring

This has to be one of the most boring songs I have ever heard. Nothing really exciting, and it's VERY slow. I probably couldn't listen to this for more than 30 seconds.

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