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 contains explicitly sexual, violent, and scatological lyrics, and strong language, alongside strong poetry and vibrant musical arrangements. Paying surprising tribute to many genres including old spirituals and 1970s rock and roll, the album is always passionate, always fascinating – but also gleefully sexist.
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What's the story?
Using a virtual army of musical pals and his well-documented talents as a producer, Timothy Mosley (aka Timbaland) has delivered a sparkling, varied, and fascinating musical concoction that pays tribute to many musical forms and eras (as well as women's body parts). In between lyrics like \"Let me see them big titties…tell ya boyfriend he better mind his own business, 'fore he end up in the trunk of my Bentley\" (\"Bounce\"), there's some sly, evocative poetry. SHOCK VALUE opens with a musical/lyrical reference to the old spiritual, \"Sinnerman,\" cleverly woven into the opening track as \"Oh, Timbaland\" and then launches into a rich tapestry of sound and rhythm that never gets boring, wandering between lush and romantic to can't-keep-your-feet-from-dancing irresistible.
Is it any good?
Timbaland's vocals and lyrics are smooth and professional (if not G-rated), but his standout talent is -- not surprisingly -- the way guest artists and musicians are used. Stars like Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Elton John, and Keri Hilson are given moments to shine. Timbaland features his guests brilliantly and appropriately, the way only a veteran producer can.