Chuck

Common Sense Media says

Socially conscious punk rock.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Social consciousness with a slightly hopeless twist.

Violence

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

Sex

Nothing explicit.

Language

No swearing here.

Consumerism

Nothing obvious.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Noting obvious.

Parents Need to Know

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

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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?

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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.

Families can talk 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

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Adult Written byChasingParkedCars April 9, 2008
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Teen, 17 years old Written byWatrMilan April 9, 2008
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Very Appropriate CD

It is one of the most age appropriate CD i have listened to. There are no swear words unlike many modern rock cds out today.
Adult Written byscum1 April 9, 2008
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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 for the younger set but the older teens should like it. It safe for you to listen to with your kids in the car or in the house with you. I can always appreciate a cd that I can listen to and enjoy and won't be bad for my kids to hear

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