A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that these songs don't contain graphic language, sexual descriptions, or references to substance use; at worst the tunes contain very minor profanity and ambiguous references to violence. However, the songs have a dark, brooding overtone that may intensify those feelings among troubled teen listeners.
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What's the story?
Following on the heels of their enormously successful debut record, Oracular Spectacular, MGMT is back with their second album, CONGRATULATIONS. Somewhat taken aback by their commercial success, the band has rebelled by refusing to release any of the songs on this CD as singles. In terms of the songs themselves, they once again reflect a pensive, often depressing perspective on life, intensified by the group's newfound fame and all of the demands that come with it. Though the album is fairly free of serious adult content -- aside from a couple of minor swear words and ambiguous references to violence -- its overarching tone is dark enough that emotionally troubled teens may find it further brings them down.
Is it any good?
Congratulations is a solid sophomore effort from MGMT, filled with songs that feature many of the trademark moves of the alt-rocker -- such as the organ and hauntingly hollow vocal effects. Still, the band ventures off the beaten path every now and again with a few non-formulaic surprises, including the Motown-like "Someone's Missing" and the light, '70s-esque "Siberian Breaks."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what types of music can help you cope with difficult emotions without becoming more depressed or upset. Can you think of five songs that you can relate to that aren't especially negative?
Aside from lyrics, how can musical sounds help to lift your mood?
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