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MPAA Rating
Genre
R&B
Performance
Disc peaked at No. 2. The hit single "Umbrella" spent a month at No. 1.
Record Label
Def Jam
Reviewer
Paul Asay and Bob Smithouser
Rihanna

Rihanna

Good Girl Gone Bad

Pro-Social Content

The singer vows to be a faithful friend during rainy seasons on "Umbrella" (featuring Jay-Z). The Ne-Yo duet "Hate That I Love You" states, "I can't stay mad at you for too long/That's wrong." Rihanna demands fidelity on the title cut, blasting men who get frisky at clubs while their "good [read: tolerant] girls" wait at home.

Objectionable Content

At 19 Rihanna fully embraces her sexuality, both in her lyrics and photo shoots. "Say It" and "Sell Me Candy" invite men to explore their fantasies between the sheets. Her body is the car in the auto metaphor "Shut Up and Drive." "Push Up on Me" is as sexual as it sounds ("Come up to my room you sexy little thing/... You wanna come get me outta my dress"). "Umbrella" contains erotic overtones too, and the line between dancing and intercourse is a thin one on "Don't Stop the Music." A woman scorned swears, destroys property and says she won't calm down until she sees police lights ("Breakin' Dishes"). "Lemme Get That" advises ladies to use their bodies to get what they want, be it love, cars, yachts, furniture or designer fashions.

Summary Advisory

Robyn Rihanna Fenty told Entertainment Weekly, "I think every teenager has a point in their life when they go into their own world and shut out everybody's opinion. That's what I'm doing." Point teens toward Proverbs 12:15 and 19:20 ... and away from this album.

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