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"Decode" (CD single)
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this single is from the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of best-selling young adult novel Twilight. The song doesn't really address the book/movie's vampire content; instead, it deals with the anger, frustration, and confusion that comes in any young adult romance. Because of those themes, it's best for older tweens and up -- that said, the lyrics are tame enough that kids a few years younger can safely listen, too.
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What's the story?
DECODE is the first of two Paramore songs included on the soundtrack for the movie adaptation of Twilight. The movie is about the intense connection between an immortal vampire and a teenage human girl, and this bold, romantic song deals with the confusion in that relationship.
Is it any good?
Thanks to 18-year-old frontwoman Hayley Williams' striking, heartwrenching vocals and Paramore's dramatic pop-punk sound, "Decode" will get anxious fans' blood pumping as they await the release of the movie. Williams' voice is strong, with a sense of aching vulnerability; it rises and falls over the heavy, driving guitar to create an effective, engaging balance from beginning to end. The lyrics lament, "I'm screaming, 'I love you so' on my own, my thoughts you can't decode." It shouldn't take long for fans to decode their feelings about this song: It's something to really sink your teeth into.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the buzz that surrounds movies like Twilight or Harry Potter, which are based on popular book series. How does getting an early sample of the soundtrack contribute to that buzz? What else do studios and their marketing groups do to get the ball rolling? Do you think studios make an extra effort to market these kinds of movies to teens? How?