A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that even though this album covers failing relationships, war, and frustration, all the topics are presented in a generally sensitive way. Thomas doesn't simplify issues, but he doesn't overwhelm the listener either. Many songs present the idea of taking personal responsibility for actions and in relationships.
What's the story?
Macthbox Twenty may not have released an album in several years, but their frontman, Rob Thomas isn't resting. His sophomore solo album, CRADLESONG is a mellow mix of soothing songs about relationships and all their struggles. Thomas wrote all the songs on this album and mixes a blend of '80s sounds with more traditional styles such as blues, reggae, and even gospel.
Is it any good?
The title of Thomas' latest album conjures up images of nurturing lullabies and comforting moments. And those emotions are definitely present on this collection of songs, but that doesn't mean there isn't an edge and a masculine touch to the sensitive streak. Thomas balances out his tender side with intoxicating rhythms and cool deliveries. "Her Diamonds" has the classic Matchbox Twenty rock/pop blend and songs like "Give Me the Meltdown" and "Hard on You" are surprisingly likable. The album is grounded in Thomas' well-rounded writing chops that offer up honesty and at times unexpected depth: "We can't see where we go, spending our whole lives, walking the same lines, and it doesn't seem to stop. This is our lives, this is all we get, our days are numbered, our nights are all spent."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about relationships and what behavior is healthy and what is not. Read What Messages Are Your Kids Getting From Chris Brown and Rihanna?
Familes can talk about how music can influence social change. Thomas sings about ending war on one song. Do you think music can help people understand world events better?