Rokstarr

 
Dance album is a mix of safe songs and iffy messages.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although there are a few sincere love songs, a lot of this album is focused on bragging about things like money and good looks. "Can't you see that Taio Cruz got money, money, Cash I'll leave on my tip, on a ten dollar bill, no change for my hundred."

Positive role models

On the song, "Break Your Heart," Cruz brags about hurting women, while on "Dirty Picture" he's trying to talk someone into sexting.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

"Dirty Picture" includes lines such as "so take a dirty picture for me, take a dirty picture, just take a dirty picture for me, take a dirty picture, just send the dirty picture to me." Other songs like "Come on Girl" feature seductive lines like "Baby girl, you know that I just want to take you to the spot, do things to you that are definitely gonna get ya hot."

Language

The track, "Dynamite" contains "f--k," while the song "Come on Girl" includes the line: "Your know that you're the s--t."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is a mixed bag of sexy songs and superficial dance tracks. If there is one track that should be definitely skipped, it's "Dirty Picture," because of the obvious nod to sexting. Other songs aren't so bad, and although there are a couple of expletives thrown in, most of the songs don't get too sexual or risque.

What's the story?

British multi-tasker (singer, rapper, writer, producer) Taio Cruz is enjoying success with his sophomore album that finds him getting some help from big names like Ludacris and Ke$ha. The dance/R&B album is filled with songs about love and lust, along with thumping beats and techno effects.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There are moments when Taio Cruz appears to be an exciting new addition on the soulful-crooner scene. Musically there are unique elements that spring up throughout the album, with a mix of Europop, hip-hop, and even Caribbean flair coming through past the synthesized harmonies. But then there are the numerous seductive songs that seem to blend together in a daze of over-done beats and vocals that sometimes play it too cool. Overall, this is a so-so dance album for older teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about sexting. On this song, Cruz urges a faraway love to "take a dirty picture." Do you think many teens participate in sexting because they feel pressure to do it? Do you think some young people feel their partners won't stay with them unless they participate in activities like this? How can you say "no?"

  • Talk about responsible ways to party. Does alcohol need to be in the mix? How do you feel about music that promotes drinking?

  • Talk about ways to avoid being a heartbreaker, like Taio Cruz. He brags about breaking girls' hearts, but are there right ways and wrongs ways to treat people in a relationship? Do you think he would like to be treated like that?

Music details

Artist:Taio Cruz
Release date:June 1, 2010
Label:Mercury
Genre:R&B/Pop
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byjorgeal95 February 2, 2011
age 12+
 

OK, simple dance album

A good album to sing along or dance to. Very suggestive lyrics in some songs, and messages are neutral. Nothing too bad for younger teens. One song contains brief strong language, but it is usually edited in popular stations and such. I wouldn't be concerned if I heard my kid listening to it (which I have none).
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byMILK MAN August 8, 2010
age 10+
 
using senior f word does not make the song any better othe than that great cd
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2011
age 9+
 

Good cd, catchy tunes!

Tiao Cruz...What can I say about him? He's definitely his own person. This cd has a few inappropriate subjects in it, but overall, very catchy tunes! One song does say the f word, so if your kids aren't allowed to hear that kind of stuff, this isn't for them. Hope this review helped!
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