First Impressions of Earth

Music review by
Tony Hicks, Common Sense Media
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Hip indie rock for older teens only.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 16-year-old Written byrusup88 April 9, 2008

why not listen to it together

I'm now 19 years old, and I bought this when I was 16. This is the sound of a band bidding for some musical maturity after they got all the rock and roll k... Continue reading
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, 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 som... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Label: RCA
  • Genre: Rock
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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