A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's the story?
It's fun to imagine the members of Kasabian returning from a hugely successful world tour, only to hear their mothers complain that they can't understand a word the boys are saying because they mumble. Lyrics, even if they could be understood, don't offer a lot of substance: \"Shoot the runner, shoot shoot the runner/I'm a king and she's my queen/Dream again in your way/Always knew that you would/Lose yourself to the scene/Am I only a dream.\" This is one pretty typical example. But the powerful rhythm section on EMPIRE saves the day, providing the backbone for thickly layered guitar, synthesized string parts, and a lead vocalist who appears to have listened to a lot of Tom Petty records.
Is it any good?
Empire is a lush and layered collection of grand musical ideas, some of which are spectacular. The only danger is the band's apparent tendency to take itself a little too seriously, allowing all that wonderfully inspired musicianship to come across as pretentious. Even if you can't understand the words, you'll find that the thick, intricate instrumental and rhythmic interplay tells the most interesting story.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how much easier it is to be understood when you don't mumble. How do the members of Kasabian get their message across in ways other than words? Is it important to be able to hear songs' lyrics to enjoy them? Do songs mean more to you when you know the words?