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Common Sense Media says

Make-out music for the new century; not for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some sexist and racist language used.

Violence

Nothing obvious.

Sex

Some explicit sexual references.

Language

A few four-letter words.

Consumerism

A couple of brand names mentioned.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that a couple of tracks contain a sprinkling of four-letter words and four-letter concepts, in a thematic clash with classic R&B-influenced romantic mood music.

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What's the story?

Omarion, former lead singer of boy-group B2K, struts some impressive vocal stuff on O, his debut solo effort. With a sensibility borrowed from generations of rhythm & blues crooners, he has the voice and looks to become a solidly swoon-worthy teen heartthrob. Unfortunately, Omarion's voice and classic R&B arrangements end up sounding a lot stronger than the songs themselves. Repetitive and a bit whiny, they miss the \"less-is-more\" point of great make-out music. When the lights are low and someone who looks like Omarion is whispering sweet nothings in your ear during the slow dance, explicit sexual imagery sounds more jarring than seductive. At the very least, it's conceptually redundant.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Gratuitously explicit, with just enough four-letter words to sneak under the parental advisory wire (there is no warning sticker, nor is there an edited version available), O ends up sounding like it's trying to do too many things at once. Bottom line: There's a lot of potential here, if the artist can come up with some better, more subtly sexy material.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether they think explicit images really help set a romantic mood.

Music details

Artist:Omarion
Release date:February 22, 2005
Label:Sony Music
Genre:R&B
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Written byAnonymous July 29, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

I can't believe this Letter is for the sex.

O is in the name Omarion. But did you know the O is the moan for it's sex. Not for Kids. 18+ R Rated CD.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old August 17, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

dear GSN Hatena

JUST SHUT UP!
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written bycandee_girl April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 
Teen, 16 years old Written bylisperjoh April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Omarion CD

I think that people 13 and older are able to understand what Omarion is singing about.

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