Due to the subject matter of Kelly Rowland’s “Dirty Laundry” (in which she collaborated with The Dream), this review is going to be quite different from my usual; it’s more so going to address the content versus the music. The song being true to its title, Rowland reveals the sad and dark truth that she was victim of domestic abuse “almost 10 years ago (the time marker given in the song; former fiance` Roy Williams denied via Twitter that it is he she’s singing about).” She also discusses her career frustrations while Destiny’s Child group-mate, Beyonce`, thrived in the spotlight. It’s difficult enough to openly confront such pain without being in the public eye, so I commend Kelly for her bravery and I hope it inspires others to support a cause, speak out and/or leave their abusers. Vividly detailing specific altercations, conversations and the lengths she went to, trying to conceal her troubles, the track gives insight into the experience and mindset of the physically and verbally abused and can serve as an empathetic, educational tool. “Dirty Laundry” even points out the typical tactics of batterers, like social isolation and exacerbating things one is sensitive about: “He pulled me outside and said ‘Don’t nobody love you but me; not your mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey.’ He turned me against my sister; I missed you.” Musically speaking, the hard-hitting, but winding beat under Rowland’s emotional vocal delivery (sounds like a mix of anger and being on the verge of tears) makes for a very entrancing, memorable tune. I hope that the completed album, entitled “Talk a Good Game (scheduled for a June 18th release),” follows this introspective path as opposed to the tawdriness of prior singles, “Ice” and “Kisses Down Low.” Beyonce` discussed her broken relationship with her father and past miscarriage in her “Life is But a Dream” HBO documentary, Kelly’s sharing her abuse story and Michelle went public with her long-term struggles with depression. Guess reaching your 30’s is about shaking the pain and shame. Sounds good to me. Hear "Dirty Laundry" here.