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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 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.
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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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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