The Truth About Love

Common Sense Media says

Great music, but a fair amount of profanity, sex, partying.

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What parents need to know

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

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.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

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

Language

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

Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few references to drinking.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

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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."

Families can talk 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

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Parent of a 3 and 10 year old Written bymomoftwoplusone June 14, 2014
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14
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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 others are alright, but I always skip that one when my kids are in the car. Even True Love has some inappropriate language and Blow me One Last Kiss has a suggestive edge to it. I just think that the tween crowd would be exposed to way more than they're mature enough to process by listening to some of these songs.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written byMusic/Movies July 22, 2013
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13
QUALITY
 

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, Run, Beam Me Up, The Great Escape... ect. They deal with topics like love, being yourself, loving your family, never giving up, having a good relationship and so on. However, there are some songs that are positive, yet iffy because of swears. Songs like Blow Me One Last Kiss, Truth About Love, Are We All We Are & Here Comes the weekend are fun songs and don't have terrible messages, but they use words like sh*t, bit*h, d*ck, f*ck and so on. There are even some songs with bad messages like Sl*t Like You and How Come You're Not Here, ect. They talk about cheating, lying to a partner, having one night stands, drinking, and even f*cking. So over all on this CD, there is a lot of swearing and drinking content, and even some sex. Although there are positive songs for tweens, there are too many inappropriate songs for young ears.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 22, 2013
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

WONDERFUL

Amazing soundtrack. If any language issues, find clean versions

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