"Replay" (CD single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Sean Kingston pal puts island-pop spin on clean love song.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 31 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

This single touches on the compromise that's required for a good relationship -- "Girl you really changed my life, doin' things I never do / I'm in the kitchen cookin' things she likes" -- affording kids an honest picture of what being in a partnership really means.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Iyaz has hardly been on the scene long enough to prove whether he's role model material, but so far, his actions have been upstanding.


Mentions an iPod.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that like his good friend and fellow island-pop artist Sean Kingston, Iyaz keeps his lyrics clean: REPLAY is just a sweet single that revolves around a guy who falls head over heels for a special girl.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLebron12James3 March 2, 2021


It is trash. It’s so trash that after you listen to it you lose a little bit of your soul.
Parent of a 5 and 9-year-old Written byironman2 March 27, 2011

Great for everyone

Very Good! I listen to it everyday in the car.
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoppy From The ... March 5, 2021
Teen, 14 years old Written byImani Thompson February 12, 2021

What's the story?

Virgin-Islands-born Iyaz is one of the latest artists to throw his hat into the ring of island-pop -- a new music genre that's catching on like wildfire. The singer was discovered on MySpace by fellow island popster Sean Kingston, who has since become good friends with Iyaz. Like several songs by Kingston, the debut single from Iyaz gives a clean account of finding (and keeping) the girl of his dreams. The lyrics contain nothing dubious, aside from an allusion to his girl being like a "gun in my holster" -- which is clearly a convenient if not ill-conceived rhyme with one of the previous lines ("That girl like something off a poster") rather than a suggestion of violence.

Is it any good?

REPLAY pairs the island-pop sound (reggae-esque hooks that are heavy on the synthesizer) with Iyaz's high vocal tones, which are somewhat reminiscent of another singer with dancehall flair -- Akon. The resulting mix tempts your feet toward the dance floor. In comparison, Sean Kingston's sound contains more of a contrast between the lofty synthesizer that characterizes island pop and the artist's deeper vocals.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the path Iyaz is taking. What lessons can other emerging artists learn from a newcomer like Iyaz, who's keeping his music clean yet still climbing up the charts?

  • What might a more established artist like Sean Kingston say to his friend Iyaz in order to help him along the path to stardom?

Music details

  • Artist: Iyaz
  • Release date: November 10, 2009
  • Label: Reprise
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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