Weezer (The Red Album)

Common Sense Media says

Quirky lyrics from inoffensive indie favorites.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A subtle (or maybe not-so-subtle) message about the importance of being true to yourself. References to vandalism.

Violence

A little cynical, comic violence here and there.

Sex

Innuendo along the lines of "You try to play cool like you just don't care, but soon I'll be playing in your underwear."

Language

One use of the word "bitch."

Consumerism

One brand name mentioned (hint: it's a hair-growth product for men).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Nothing very obvious.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Weezer's lyrics are bursting with quirky wit, they're not offensive. "Bitch" is the strongest word used, and the occasional violent images are defused by humor. The album pushes a positive message about being true to yourself.

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Kids say

What's the story?

Witty and wonderful, Weezer is back with a batch of vivid new songs on -- is it their third? -- self-titled CD, differentiated by fans as "The Red Album." Cynicism and sentiment, ballads and rockers, and lead vocals by all four band members add up to a rich, varied, and satisfying collection.

Is it any good?

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Standouts are "Troublemaker," a song that will speak to any smart, underachieving teen who's every hoisted a backpack -- or a guitar. ("Put me in a special school 'cos I am such a fool/And I don't need a single book to teach me how to read…I will learn by studying the lesson in my dreams.")

The album's content pushes it just a little, with some quirky, hilarious lyrics about vandalism ("We'd drive around with hairspray and sharp knives looking for road kills/lighting things on fire for cheap thrills/stab the corpse and lick the knives like we're evil forces" on "Everybody Get Dangerous") and "getting in your underpants"-style innuendo. The deluxe version, which includes four extra tracks, is worth it for the group's cover version of "The Weight."

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the song "Troublemaker." Many bright, talented students have trouble in school and feel alienated and misunderstood. Do you think there are any skills these kids can learn in order to make the system work better for them? Also, do you think anyone listening to a song like "Everybody Get Dangerous" might misinterpret the messages about vandalism?

Music details

Artist:Weezer
Release date:June 3, 2008
Label:Geffen Records
Genre:Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bymusicdude April 9, 2008
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heck yes!!!!!!

another great album its fine for kids 9 and up theres some sexual lyrics in 1 song and 1 birch in another but besides that the songs are really good. buy it!!

Teen, 14 years old Written byonaplain January 24, 2009
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