"Monster" (CD Single)

Common Sense Media says

Clean alt-rock tune about recovering from a breakup.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A forward-thinking view of the future after surviving a bad breakup.

Positive role models

Encourages listeners to get back up after they've been knocked down.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "Monster" is an overall positive tune about someone who's survived a hurtful relationship and vows to regain her hopeful outlook on life. The song lacks profanity and graphic references to substance use, sex, or violence -- making it a good choice for younger rock fans.

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What's the story?

The single "MONSTER" is the contribution from alt-rock band Paramore to the Transformers: Dark of the Moon movie soundtrack. It's a clean tune told from the positive point of view of someone emerging from the depths of a bad breakup. Lacking profanity or graphic references to mature topics like drinking and sex, these lyrics revolve around getting back on your feet when you've been knocked down: "You were my conscience, so solid, now you're like water ... I let my heart go, it's somewhere down at the bottom / But I'll get a new one and come back for the hope that you've stolen." Overall, the track is a fine pick for younger kids who like to rock. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Despite the departure of two of its founding members, Paramore continues to hit the mark with this single. Lead singer Hayley Williams gives another solid performance, and the track's basic yet catchy guitar hook packs an appealing punch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to dig yourself out of the emotional rut that often follows a hard breakup. Name five fun things that you always enjoy doing, no matter what kind of mood you're in.

  • Why are so many pop/rock songs about breakups? What is the appeal?

Music details

Artist:Paramore
Release date:June 7, 2011
Type:Single
Label:Fueled by Ramen
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written byonyxprincess July 1, 2011
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Awesome and clean. LISTEN TO THIS SONG.

I love this song!!!!!!!!!! It has nothing bad in it whatsoever, and it encourages you to get up after you've been knocked down!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byErinwolf1997 August 28, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Amazing!!!

Amazing song with so much depth and emotion.

Kid, 9 years old December 11, 2011
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9
QUALITY
 

Another clean yet awesome tune from Paramore.

This emo-pop song, while also being extremely catchy, also has lots of good messages. Hayley Williams is a fantastic role model, encouraging children to be different, get up when you've been knocked down, and plenty of other messages!

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