A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bell X1 comes across as sweetly and emotionally revealing, while delighting in the occasional "arse" and "s--t" exclamation -- as well as a cynical take on Christianity. Many families will find the brilliant production and intelligent lyrics well worth it, but those who take their religion very seriously may object.
What's the story?
Bell X1 brings intelligence and imagination to the table with lyrics that will impress anyone with a love of poetry -- or irony -- but might not be appropriate for all families. One example: \"Rocky Takes a Lover,\" a stand-out on FLOCK, describes a spirited he-said-she-said encounter. She said: \"You weren't so nice last night/you're such an asshole when you're drunk.\" He said: \"At least I'm OK in the mornings.
Is it any good?
If David Byrne and Jim Morrison could have a child together, he might sound like Bell X1's lead singer Paul Noonan. Stylized, emotional vocals ride over energetically solid rhythm tracks and credible guitar work on songs that dare to question blind acceptance of the status quo while throwing in concepts like "seasonal affected disorder" and the name of at least one constellation ("Orion").