Talk That Talk

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Most sexual songs yet from R&B superstar.

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Though there's nothing too extreme in terms of negative messages, a few songs describe romantic love in unhealthy, addictive ways.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not much here you would want your kids to emulate. The sometimes iffy messages about relationships aren't meant for children.


Lots of sexual lyrics; for example, from the track "Cockiness (Love It)": "Suck my cockiness, lick my persuasion ... No one can do you the way that I do," and "I want you to be my sex slave, anything that I desire ... Set my whole body on fire."


A few mentions of "f--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Mentions of "reefer" and being "drunk on love."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Talk That Talk is about as sexually suggestive as it gets without being downright explicit. Most songs contain some extremely evocative sexual metaphors (for example, from the song "Birthday Cake": "I know you want it in the worst way / Can't wait to blow my candles out, he want that cake"), and while there's not a lot of profanity or substance use, the title track contains both, and "f--k" is used a few times. All in all, this album is best for older teens.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 October 10, 2018
Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashingepicness767 July 12, 2013

Album's alright apart from 'Birthday Cake' and 'Cockiness'

Songs are catchy but lyrics are raunchy. Not appropriate for kids though unless you're a mature eight-year-old! ;D
'Cockiness' and 'Birthda... Continue reading

What's the story?

TALK THAT TALK is the sixth full-length album from steamy R&B star Rihanna. With each of her records to date, RiRi has ridden closer and closer to the line that separates sexually suggestive and downright hardcore -- and this album follows that path. Most of the songs have to do with sex and relationships. "We All Want Love" is more introspective and is a refreshing change from all the sex talk.


Is it any good?

Rihanna has always been a fan of the synth-beat, so it's no surprise that it shows up liberally in these tracks. While it doesn't make the songs sound much different than her previous releases, she does try to throw in a few refreshing curve balls, including more of the island sound from her Barbados roots.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the way that some songs on this album seem shallow and gimmicky, while others show Rihanna's more thoughtful side. Why would Rihanna have released a song such as "We All Want Love," with deeper lyrics, as well as more superficial tracks including "Drunk on Love"?

  • Would Rihanna be as popular if more of her songs were like "We All Want Love," or does she need to make a certain number of formulaic songs like "Drunk on Love" in order to sell records? Why?

Music details

  • Artist: Rihanna
  • Release date: November 22, 2011
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: R&B
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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