Sex Therapy: The Experience

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Sex pervades super-smooth CD from R&B crooner.

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Kids say

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

While Robin Thicke talks a lot about sex, he doesn't discuss it in a negative context (i.e., one-night stands or disrespecting your partner).

Positive Role Models & Representations

The singer has been in a committed relationship with actress Paula Patton for over a decade.

Violence
Sex

Dozens of blatant references to sex. For example, "I'm so horny for your body, girl / Wrap your legs around my back," and "When I pop that p--sy, I pop it on his Suzuki."

Language

Chorus to "Make U Love Me" is "I wanna f--k."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions drinking "Perignon" (champagne).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in SEX THERAPY: THE EXPERIENCE, the first word in the record's title says it all. This album is entirely dedicated to sex, with explicit lyrics that are way too mature for young tweens and teens. While there is some profanity ("f--k"), the sex is really the issue here.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 11, and 11 year old Written byMPerfection January 29, 2010

yeah, you aint no Justin Timberlake.

by getting rappers in on the album, he's just trying to get younger kids listening to this. Otherwise I doubt he would get them listening to this r n... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bylady lumps February 10, 2010

LOVE

I LOVE THIS SONGS ON THE CD

What's the story?

SEX THERAPY: THE EXPERIENCE is the fourth album from R&B crooner Robin Thicke, the son of Alan Thicke -- the actor who played the squeaky-clean dad on the '80s family sitcom Growing Pains. Robin's path couldn't be more different than his dad's: the singer has built his career around sex and sings about it every chance he gets. Though his lyrics are more smooth than raunchy (think a slightly more explicit Justin Timberlake), there's still no mistaking all of the overt sexual references in his music -- making even the edited version of this record too mature for young kids. Several other adult-oriented artists like Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, and Kid Cudi lend an assist on the album, upping the maturity level.

Is it any good?

In terms of vocal ability, Robin Thicke is no Justin Timberlake, an artist to whom Thicke is often compared. That said, Thicke's falsetto is undeniably appealing in songs such as "Jus Right," "Mrs. Sexy" (which sounds a lot like "Brown Sugar" from uber-sultry R&B singer D'Angelo), and "Million Dolla Baby," a song inspired by the granddaddy of smooth soul, Marvin Gaye. Thicke also gets plenty of creativity kudos, clearly stretching beyond his comfort zone to collaborate with several straight-up rappers -- a gamble that pays off in exceptionally cool tracks like "Meiple" and "Shakin' It 4 Daddy."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what might motivate an artist like Robin Thicke, who grew up with such a straight-laced dad, to produce such sexually-explicit music. Is Thicke simply being true to who he is inside, or could his behavior be related to a need to distinguish himself from his actor father?

  • Why is sex such a popular topic in music?

Music details

  • Artist: Robin Thicke
  • Release date: December 15, 2009
  • Label: The Neptunes
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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