"Animal" (CD single)

Alt-rock, synth-pop song is cool and clean.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Nothing positive or negative; "animal" metaphor about a frustrating, one-sided relationship that isn't satisfying.

Positive role models

This all-Mormon band doesn't drink or smoke, even thought they present a cool, alt-rock image.


Nothing harmful, but lyrics say "We're sick like animals, we play pretend, you're just like a cannibal." Also, "What are you waiting for, take a bite of my heart tonight."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Neon Trees
Release date:September 26, 2010
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 9 years old November 10, 2010
age 13+

Don't like

Don't like it and don't love it.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byBlake_Slaughter January 21, 2014
age 2+

NEON TREES!!!!!!!!

Why they want you to be ten years old to listen to this is beyond me! Awesome & catchy song by my favorite band. Very clean.
Written byAnonymous September 24, 2013
age 17+

This song all about sex. ...and this song is not for kids & or Teens at all.

This song all about sex. ...and No One 17 & Under should never listen to a song that has sex. CSM got this all wrong. Because is all about sex.
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Too much sex


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