The Truth About Love

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Great music, but a fair amount of profanity, sex, partying.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The messages here are mixed -- ranging from unhealthy attachments to the wrong romantic partner, to picking yourself back up after a relationship has ended. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The opposite ends of the role model spectrum are represented here, with everything from engaging in one-night stands to resilience in the face of sad circumstances.


Nothing too graphic, though some heavily suggestive lyrics in songs like "Slut Like You" and "Walk of Shame."


A fair amount of the words "f--k" and "s--t," and others like "a--hole" and "d--k."


Some product/celebrity names in the song "Here Comes the Weekend."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that though The Truth About Love isn't the most graphic album out there, it still contains its fair share of mature topics -- such as "slutty" behavior, one-night stands, and drinking -- and language, like "f--k" and "s--t". While the explicit version of the record is definitely too mature for tweens, parents will still want to watch out for songs including "Slut Like You" that also appear in the edited edition.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 10-year-old Written bymomoftwoplusone June 14, 2014

Love this album... for when I'm alone in my car

I love this album, but I can't in good conscience allow my (almost) 11 year old to listen to certain songs. Slut Like You is highly inappropriate, the othe... Continue reading
Adult Written byMusic/Movies July 22, 2013

Sex: 3/10 ~ Violence: 0/10 ~ Language 8/10 ~ Drinking: 5/10

Great songs. Some are slower, some are rock songs, some are upbeat, some are emotional... many different songs. The songs mainly have good messages like Try, Ru... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2013


Amazing soundtrack. If any language issues, find clean versions
Kid, 11 years old April 7, 2013

Great album, but a little pushy on the cussing.

I love this album!! I think it has very great songs, and I like the patterns of the beats, and best of all, Pink's voice. The songs are catchy, and soon th... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE is the sixth studio album from the female pop singer who continues to defy stereotypes -- Pink. It's her first record since 2008's Funhouse, after which she took a few years off to start a family with her husband, professional motorcycle racer Carey Hart. On this album, she gets an assist from artists like Eminem and Nate Ruess, lead singer of the band fun.

Is it any good?

A four-year hiatus has done nothing to dampen Pink's saucy attitude or vocal chops. She still belts it out in songs like "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" and "How Come You're Not Here," yet she does show her more subdued side in tunes like "Try."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the kind of example Pink is setting for her infant daughter with songs like "Walk of Shame," about trying to sneak home unnoticed after spending the night with someone, and "True Love," about loving someone you consider an "a--hole." 

  • Do artists have an obligation to be better role models once they have kids? Why or why not?

  • Are musicians who are mothers expected to "behave" more than musicians who are fathers? Why is that?

Music details

  • Artist: Pink
  • Release date: September 18, 2012
  • Type: Album
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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