What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that KinderAngst cleverly addresses the growing pains of childhood -- from a kid's perspective -- through punk, girl group pop, ska, and straight-up garage rock songs. The lyrics speak to the anxiety around playdates and time-outs, wanting solitude (or a pet rat), not fitting in, having boundless energy, and being just plain silly. It's a rockin' album with engaging, sometimes sarcastic, even dark songs -- loaded with a whole lotta attitude -- so these are for the over-toddler set and up.
What's the story?
KINDERANGST is the self-titled debut album by New York City singers/multi-instrumentalists Palmyra Delran and Rachelle Garniez. With songs set in the imaginary urban setting called Alphabet City (a nod to NYC's Lower East Side), KinderAngst uses the drive of (mostly punk) rock to express the emotions and motions of childhood.
Is it any good?
KinderAngst is a unique rock album to share with kids, provided they're old enough for it. The songs are well crafted and witty -- BUT parents need to consider younger kids' reaction, because some lyrics may encourage undesirable behavior (not wanting to share or cooperate, throwing toys, etc.)
Still, there are deeper lessons on this album, too, such as how to identify and appropriately deal with emotions. Standout tracks include the Blondie-esque "Do It Yourself," the early country/loaded-with-kinetic-energy "Jump Jump," the sweet, dreamy "Music In My Pillow," "Rat" and "In My Room" (a la the Shangri-Las' "Leader of the Pack"), and the dark blues rock "Peek-A-Boo" (complete with spooky lyrics and screams).
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the various style of rock music and what makes them different from one another. (Punk rock is fast with hard-edged lyrics; pop girl groups perform multi-part vocal harmonies; garage rock is unrefined with simple lyrics; ska is the faster predecessor to reggae.) Discuss what kind of rock you like or don't like.
Many of KinderAngst's lyrics deal with the trials and tribulations of childhood. Discuss how these songs can help kids identify and express their feelings.
Grown-up emotions really aren't that different from kid emotions. Parents: Consider sharing examples of when you were frustrated, needed time alone, didn't want to participate, etc., and describe how you dealt with these feelings in an appropriate (or inappropriate) manner.