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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
The "clean" version of the BLINK-182 album is skillfully produced -- more so than many edited CDs. Leaving the emotional wallop of the lyrics while eliminating only the four-letter words, this version doesn't leave the impression that there are holes in the songs. It's satisfying and substantial. It's also emotionally honest, so some content may disturb parents of teenagers. The sentiment offered in "Feeling This" ("I wanna take off her clothes...show me the way to the bed...we're taking this way too slow") is nothing more nor less than the way teen boys really do feel. The imagery of "this sick strange darkness comes creeping on so haunting every time and as I stared I counted webs from all the spiders catching things and eating their insides" comes off as an irresistible blend of dark angst-filled poetry and dead-frog-in-your-pocket ickiness.
Is it any good?
The performances by Blink-182 plus the production are terrific throughout, with a more polished, professional sound than on previous Blink-182 CDs. Parents may want to talk to their kids about some of the lyrics, but the bottom line is that this imaginative, energetic, and honest album is well worth the trouble.