Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Socially conscious punk rock.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Social consciousness with a slightly hopeless twist.


Some disturbing and vivid images with an anti-war stance.


Nothing explicit.


No swearing here.


Nothing obvious.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Noting obvious.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is exciting and energetic Nuevo-punk plus music with a message.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChasingParkedCars April 9, 2008
Adult Written byscum1 April 9, 2008

Not bad and catchy

Sum 41 are a talented band. This cd varies in style from pop punk to a little on the metal side. Lyrics are pretty clean. It's probably a little political... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 October 25, 2014

A great album, a favorite of mine.

I enjoy this album. Some of the songs are a little dull, but I love a lot of them, and am playing one of them for a talent competition soon :D
There is one use... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 1, 2012

Not Sum 41's best

I enjoyed "Some Say" but not many others. These people very talented, however I prefer their albums "Does This Look Infected?" and "All... Continue reading

What's the story?

According to the liner notes, Sum 41 had a life-altering encounter while shooting a documentary about civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Canadian rockers were caught in crossfire as fighting erupted. A man named Chuck Pelletier led them (along with several other people) to safety, saving their lives. The group swore they'd dedicate their next album to him -- and here it is. Given this background, it makes sense that CHUCK is more serious, less tongue-in-chic. In \"No Reason,\" the band proclaims that \"the future's not so bright.\" But listeners are urged to \"think before you make up your mind\" in \"Some Say\" and teenagers who feel a lack of control over their own lives might find a source of inspiration here.

Is it any good?

This Sum 41 CD is filled with socio-political commentary in between acrobatic guitar riffs and an edgy, energetic rhythm section. The musicianship is tight and the songwriting far above average; the band members seem to be taking themselves more seriously. Rugged intensity makes up for the diminished playfulness. Lyrics are clean but somber. You don't like your life, politics, or the world we live in? You might not be able to do much about it, but perhaps -- following the example of Sum 41 -- you can write some interesting, lyrical songs about the stuff that drives you crazy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Famlies can talk about the issues facing today's world and how to cope. See if you can identify the socio-political commentary in the songs. Does songwriting or other creative writing help deal with scary or depressing situations?

Music details

  • Artist: Sum 41
  • Release date: October 12, 2004
  • Label: Island
  • Genre: Punk Rock
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: August 1, 2015

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