Speakerboxx / The Love Below (double album)

Common Sense Media says

Some good material, but not enough for double CD.

Age

NOT FOR KIDS

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

There are some confusing images of relationships.

Violence

A few violent references--nothing really awful.

Sex

Even the edited version is very explicit.

Language

It's very clear what's been edited out, of course, and there's an adorable toddler trying to pronounce "***erf***er--you get the idea.

Consumerism

This is anti-commercial, if anything.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references, but sex is the whole deal on this CD.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD is mostly about sex, and even the edited version is obvious and explicit. Though musically imaginative -- perhaps even groundbreaking -- it isn't a great album.

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Kids say

What's the story?

There's a lot to like on SPEAKERBOXX/THE LOVE BELOW, but not quite enough for a high-profile double CD. There's no cohesive link; the double CD really does sound like two separate albums that happened to be packaged together. The CD offers alternative family values galore: The singer's baby-mama leaves him. A toddler who can barely talk tries to say the \"M-F\" word, to his dad's great delight. There's lost love, found love, drunk love, and careless love, all poetically recounted in more graphic detail than we may really need. There are also some very creative (some might say visionary) musical moments and clever rhymes.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although this CD contains some wonderful lyrics, terrific guest vocals, and excellent rhythm tracks, they are all marred by careless production and apparently hodgepodge sequencing. Andre and Big Boi deserve a lot of credit for daring to be musically different. But they often sacrifice artistry for weirdness, and one gets the feeling that they're throwing a lot of stuff at the wall, wondering what will stick.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether CDs that deliver daring lyrics and a daring production style tend to be entertaining or annoying.

Music details

Artist:Outkast
Release date:September 23, 2003
Label:La Face
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written bygrizmaster1981 February 12, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Maybe you guys aren't that much into rap

I must take it you're not into rap that much since you down rated a lot of rap sure K-Fed and Soulja Boy are probably corny or stupid but this album was album of the year. there has to be something good or innovative in the music of this record. Yes there is sex and language but there but the album is much better than you think.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written bykelelewa97 April 22, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Great!

My parents bought me this album for my sixth birthday! I haven't listened to it lately but I do remember that I loved it, and I didn't pick out any explicit messages in the lyrics at that age. I still love it and I don't see what all the fuss is about.
Teen, 14 years old Written byZekeBender July 17, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

good for any age

I have been listening to this album since i was in first grade, and i can say that there is nothing wrong with it. In fact, i was listening to sublime when i was 4 years old, and theres nothing wrong with me. music doesnt harm a child, especially when they are over ten years old. by that point if you are withholding music from them, there is something wrong with you. Shame on you, consumer media for saying children (and teens) cant handle eminem, 50 cent, ludacris, or even outkast. outkast has been a favorite in my family ever since they hit the music scene.
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Great messages
Great role models

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