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Exile on Mainstream
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this CD is a greatest hits compilation of sorts that includes only six new songs and no explicit language ("hell" is as raunchy as it gets). Content is neatly settled in end-of-the-relationship, self-absorbed angst without dwelling too much on the depressing side of things. Many teens and tweens will find this comforting and validating -- a stroll through familiar territory in more ways than one.
What's the story?
Diehards may wonder why it took so long -- five years -- for Matchbox Twenty to come up with their new CD, EXILE ON MAINSTREAM, since it contains only six new songs along with eleven \"greatest hits.\" But true fans get a lot of extra bells and whistles for the buck -- video, lyrics, and a photo gallery on a bonus DVD. Lyrics like \"I believe the world is burning to the ground…I believe it's all coming to an end/oh well, I guess we're gonna pretend/let's see how far we've come\" may not inspire dance-party fun, but do reflect the real feelings involved at the end of a relationship, not to mention fears about frightening world events.
Is it any good?
Rob Thomas' distinctive vocals ride over the band's powerful instrumental tracks with intensity and pathos, delivering one message after another about self-absorbed end-of-relationship/end-of-the-personal-world pain. Teens, however, may find comfort in the fact that they are not alone in what they are going through.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what happens when a relationship seems to be hitting the skids. It's so easy to think only about yourself and your own pain. Can you think of some things you might do to help yourself get over it and move on? Some kids talk to their friends, keep a journal, or create songs, poems, stories, or paintings. How about you?