A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the fourth installment in the Guitar Hero video game franchise profiles this long-standing popular rock band. So, even if your kids don't own any Aerosmith music, they'll probably want to borrow your albums. Although there are several songs with mature themes on this CD -- such as passing references to casual sex, hard living, drugs, and crime -- they're not glamorized, and overall, this album is tame by today's standards.
What's the story?
The first of Aerosmith's compilations, this album was released nearly three decades ago. Remastered and re-released numerous times, the album has become the band's best-selling LP in the U.S. Now the band is enjoying yet another resurgence with the release of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. This album contains many of the tracks featured on the game and is a prime example of '70s and early '80s rock.
Is it any good?
No one combines blues, soul, and rock quite like Aerosmith, and that's a good reason why they have been going strong for nearly forty years. The band has a sound that is smooth enough to appeal to pop-sensibilities but edgy enough for hard rock fans. This CD is a great example of the band's early days of success -- before the Alicia Silverstone videos. In fact, on this album younger fans might discover tracks that they never heard before, gems such as "Last Child," "Kings and Queens," and "Remember."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Guitar Hero has made bands from decades ago popular again. Why does glam rock and metal that was made before most teens were born still have appeal? Is there a new connection that can be made between parents who might have listened to Aerosmith when they were young(er) and their teens who now find the music through a video game console? Do you think Aerosmith is still relevant today? Based on the popularity of their video game, do you think Aerosmith will soon release an album to capitalize on its success?