First Impressions of Earth
What parents need to know
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.
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?