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First Impressions of Earth



Hip indie rock for older teens only.

What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Nothing overtly descriptive, though there's nude art inside.


A few obscenities here and there -- enough to warrant the Parental Advisory sticker.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional references to alcohol, including drinking as a way to handle relationship woes.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD isn't geared toward kids. There's enough profanity to warrant a Parental Advisory sticker. The liner notes include a painting of a topless woman and an animal carcass waiting to be butchered. There are some lyrics about using alcohol, including drinking as a way to handle relationship woes.

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What's the story?

The Strokes are a group of young but world-weary hipsters who still don't understand relationship dynamics any more than the rest of us. On FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF EARTH, they swirl their observations up in a musical mix of garage rock meets early '80s New Wave. The Strokes are a breathing advertisement for sophisticated urban rock & roll. These guys are a little too cynical for being so young and rich. Parents should be aware that teens emulating The Strokes might be trying to grow up before their time.

Is it any good?


Though this CD is somewhat sub-par for the band, the music is catchy in a noncommercial way. "You Only Live Once" and "Red Light" are standouts. Teens who are looking for an alternative to pop and hip-hop will find lots to enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why indie bands like The Strokes are considered sell-outs for becoming more mainstream. Why do fans punish bands for becoming more well-known? What does "indie" mean these days?

Music details

Artist:The Strokes
Release date:January 3, 2006
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written bySumBO September 30, 2012


You only Live once and evening sun are my favorites. The cd is amazing and so are the strokes.
Teen, 15 years old Written bytakenforafool15 June 23, 2011


It's Hard to Explain.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byGreenRhino December 16, 2011

Positive messages when you look past the minor swearing

The Strokes have always made great music, but "First Impressions of Earth" really seals the deal for those who might still be skeptical. There is some minor usage of swear words on this album, but it's not extreme and it's used in a tasteful manner, and it is in context. Not only does this album have lots of positive messages, but it represents a time in this particular band's history in which the lead singer (Julian Casablancas) quit drinking, and the message against using drugs and alcohol is clearly represented in this album. Overall, this album represents the fact that, no matter, you should always try to do your best and work through. Even better than that, this albums rocks.
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