Around the Sun

Common Sense Media says

Political, personal, poetic, and poignant.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Poetic political integrity.

Violence

Anti-violent message.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that it's back to basics with R.E.M.'s classic sound and literate imagery. Thoughtful teens will find lots to enjoy here.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

AROUND THE SUN is the kind of album that grows on you. Political and poetic, the lyrics speak of hope in the face of evidence to the contrary. Highlights include "Leaving New York," a haunting track on which lead singer Michael Stipe considers escaping his beloved city to a place where there is "no war, no hate, no past." "I Wanted to Be Wrong," an understated ballad; the darkly intense "Boy In the Well"; the electric "Electron Blue"; and the more upbeat "Wanderlust" are other highlights. For those comfortable with R.E.M.'s leftie political stance and rhetoric, Around the Sun will seem a welcome reminder of the band's early days.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The CD is full of poetic imagery delivered through excellent singing, playing, and songwriting. Though not the group's best album ever, tight arrangements, interesting subject matter, and intriguing imagery make Around the Sun an album to remember. Thoughtful teens will find lots to enjoy here.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the lyrics -- including politics, poetry, and hope.

Music details

Artist:R.E.M.
Release date:October 5, 2004
Label:Warner Brothers
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

This review of Around the Sun was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families