A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these newcomers may look wild (the lead singer sports a Mohawk), but the all-Mormon band refrains from drinking or smoking. Their music is synth-pop, '80s alt-rock that's clean and fine for most ages.
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What's the story?
After being "discovered" by the band The Killers, Utah-based band Neon Trees debuted their first major label album, Habits. "ANIMAL" is the first single from that album, and it showcases the band's '80s synth-pop sound perfectly, with hints of The Cure (without the melancholy), U2, and Duran Duran. The video features the foursome playing in a desert-like setting and goofing around in a van decorated with bulb lights and feathers.
Is it any good?
With anthem guitar chords, driving bass, and a synth-tastic melody that you'll be singing the rest of the day, "Animal" lets the Mohawk-boasting frontman Tyler Glenn belt out the understated lyrics about an unsatisfying relationship: "Oh, oh, I want some more. Oh, oh what are you waiting for? Take a bite of my heart tonight." It's simple, contagious, and a little bit carnivorous -- because you'll eat it up from the start.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about judging a book by its cover. Have you ever been guilty of making assumptions about someone based on appearances? Do you think musicians are portrayed unfairly as being wild and rebellious, or is this an accurate assumption? What do you think about bands who are open about their moral choices?
Do you think musicians are portrayed unfairly as being wild and rebellious, or is this an accurate assumption? What do you think about bands who are open about their moral choices?
How much do you think image plays a role in a band's success?