Talk That Talk

Common Sense Media says

Most sexual songs yet from R&B superstar.

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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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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."

Language

A few mentions of "f--k."

Consumerism
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.

Parents say

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.

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Is it any good?

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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

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

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Teen, 13 years old Written bysmashingepicness767 July 12, 2013
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13
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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 'Birthday Cake' are the only two provocative song I think involve strong sexual reference. The remix of 'Birthday Cake' features her abusive ex Chris Brown but not featured in the album. There is also a duet with Jay-Z Other songs 'We All Want Love', 'We Found Love', 'Drunk In Love', 'You Da One', 'Where Have You Been' are more cleaner and edited. Most songs involve some use of drug and sex reference with brief strong language and awesome island beats.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old May 19, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Just Ri-ri's usual

It's just Cockiness (Love it) and Birthday Cake are highly sexed.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 11 years old June 18, 2012
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18
QUALITY
 

TALK THAT TALK

Well Rhiana is usually clean. When this album came out I was very suprising. This album is mostly themed on sex. Also lot of the songs contain REALLY bad cuss words like the mf word, c_ock, b_tch, the uses of the f word. Also in her song talk that talk jay z says sex on the beach so this album 18+.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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