A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
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.