Talk That Talk

Common Sense Media says

Most sexual songs yet from R&B superstar.





What parents need to know

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

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

Not applicable

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."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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Kids say

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.

Families can talk 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

Release date:November 22, 2011
Label:Def Jam
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 14 years old Written bychihuahua0 December 2, 2011

Edgier than Loud

Although it's obvious that the first four tracks are going to be the singles with the rest being filler, it's still a great album worth buying. "Where Have You Been" had been on repeat on my iPod again and again with engaging music, souring voice and deep inflections. However, the Common Sense Media review misses a lot. This is Rihanna's steamiest album yet. "Cockiness" is obvious, but "You Da One" alludes to an orgasm, and Jay-Z drops cusses in the you-know-what-I-mean "Talk That Talk". "Birthday Cake" is even worst, every single line sprouting subtext, ending with a f-bomb and a "fade-to-black", "Roc My Body" is Exactly What It Says On the Tin, and "Watch n' Learn" uses the phrase "do it" again and again. The deluxe track? "Red Lipstick" describes fore-play. And "Do Ya Thang" is a bit iffy during its bridge. Really, only five songs are tame enough to play for your child. So don't let your eight-year-old sing this. While I wouldn't say R (more like a hard PG-13), I believe the official review misses too many of the facts. "Loud" is a Yellow 15, so "Talk That Talk" has to be at least that level.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byalfredhitchockfan#1 January 3, 2012

This is a sell-out.

I do like some of Rihanna's songs but this album is not very good. Most of the songs in general are about sex and the lyrics are overused and boring. The songs are so terribly shallow and unthoughtful that i can't even think of a way to somehow twist the meaning to make it sound meaningful. I am very disappointed with Rihanna's producers because this album is awful. And whoever had the brilliant idea to release two albums in one year was not very wise. Because of them Rihanna is slowly turning into a sell-out. I would not recommend this album to anyone who has common sense or enjoys art or for children of any age because if they are mature than they wouldn't be listening to this music. If you want good music check out Foster The People's debut "Torches" or Lady GaGa's "Born This Way" or you could spend time listening to The Beatles, Pink Floyd and bands such as that. Btw I'm not the kind of person that says something isn't music just because I don't like it. This is music but I just don't prefer it. Thank you.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byLittleMinajWarrior December 18, 2011

I love it, but it's themed on sex.

I was very excited once I found out that Rihanna would have a new album soon. But this album shows Rihanna's dirty side, which we all knew from the beginning that she has. Half of this album is too sexual for tweens and children. Cockiness (Love It), is her most catchy song, which is why it makes me want to cry that it's so inappropriate. Birthday Cake is her most dirty song. The words "sh*t", "t*t", and "f**k" are used. Red Lipstick has some suggestive lyrics, but not too bad. I love it, it's my favorite song on the album. We Found Love is the most innocent song on here. Roc Me Out and Watch And Learn are also suggestive. Talk That Talk is a bit questionable, but it's fine. This album is obviously fun, catchy, and you'd want to dance to it, but the sex theme on this album rises too high. It's worse than Rated R, which is over exaggerated anyways. I still love this album, it has good messages, like on Where Have You Been and Drunk On Love, also We All Want Love. This album I would give a PG-13.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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