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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that OneRepublic features heart-wrenching lyrics and vocal performances backed by strong instrumental tracks, providing a perfect musical fix for self-involved teens trying to figure out relationships and how to fit into the world. Kids might know of the band because of Timbaland's popular remake of "Apologize."
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Heavy use of metaphor and melancholy make Dreaming Out Loud a fine choice for bright, self-serious teens who write their own poetry and make their own music -- or anyone trying to negotiate the tricky business of figuring out relationships and finding the way in a complex, inconsistent world. Lyrics like "If ever your world starts crashing down…that's where you'll find me" and "I'm gonna run till you can't walk/but something pulls my focus out and I'm standing down" validate the intensity of emotional ups and downs while leaving plenty of room for interpretation. Songs like "All We Are" ("So don't say your goodbyes, you know it's better that way/we won't break, we won't die") provide hope and a glimpse of redemption.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Timbaland's chart-topping remix of the single "Apologize," which sounds different from the version on this CD. Which one do you like better? Listen to the song's chorus, "It's too late to apologize." Can you think of some circumstances in real life where you've felt that was true for you? Or do you believe that it's never too late to make amends?