A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that they have little to worry about with Crooked X. The band's clean lyrics cover the typical teen topics like exploring the world ("I can't slow down / I see the whole world comin'") and experiencing periodic angst ("I got to find some shelter / Where everything that hurts / Just seems to fade away").
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What's the story?
Every kid who's ever played air guitar will envy CROOKED X -- four 15-year-old metalheads from Oklahoma who have unwittingly found themselves playing alongside greats like KISS and Ted Nugent. In the ever expanding search for more reality show fodder, MTV recently seized on the group's story for a rockumentary called Rock 'N Roll Dream. And they're not the only ones jumping on the Crooked X bandwagon: Harmonix, the MTV-owned maker of the wildly popular video game Rock Band has incorporated three Crooked X tracks into the game.
Is it any good?
You've gotta hand it to a bunch of teens with enough skill and guts to play their original tunes in front of raucous arena crowds. That said, the band's catchy yet simplistic songs don't suggest musical genius. The best thing about the tracks' straightforward structure is it makes them easy for other aspiring young kids to play. Still, while parents may not want their own teens following the dream, they shouldn't fret about exposing their kids to the upright songs on the band's self-titled debut CD.