Still Standing

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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R&B album is clean but lacks an appealing punch.

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Positive Messages

Monica talks about staying strong in the face of adversity -- a positive message for young people.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite having gained fame at a young age, Monica has managed to maintain a fairly tabloid-free life.


The song "Still Standing" ambiguously refers to seeing a suicide: "I had a lover take his own in front of me."


A few mild references to sex, such as "Baby, you touch every part of me."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this album is pretty clean overall, with no profanity and only light allusions to adult subject matter like sex. That said, the title track does make an indirect reference to suicide, and parents should be aware that God is mentioned in several songs.

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What's the story?

STILL STANDING is the first album in four years from Monica, the R&B singer who first rose to fame in her teens with her debut record Miss Thang. Her new CD shares the same title as her reality show, which airs on the BET network. Most of the lyrics are free of explicit content: Monica doesn't swear, make graphic allusions to sex, or talk about substance use. However, parents should know that there are some light references to sexual situations, as well as some discussion of God.

Is it any good?

Monica is an undeniably talented singer, and her vocal talent comes through on this record. However, the music itself plods; the beats lack fire, and the whole effect never quite grabs you in the way that an extra-creative song can. While a couple of tracks -- for example, "One in a Lifetime" -- show promise, the overall album disappoints.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the connection between music and TV. What might be Monica's motivations for releasing an album that has the same title as her reality show?

  • How could the album benefit from the show, and vice versa?

Music details

  • Artist: Monica
  • Release date: March 23, 2010
  • Label: J Records
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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