A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while there are one or two expletives and some mature lyrics on this album, the content is mostly appropriate for teens and older tweens. But keep an eye on the first video for the song I Don't Care, which is chock full of rude, illegal, and disorderly behavior. Although the video ends with a twist, watching the band mates gleefully terrorize citizens (and shoplift while dressed as nuns!) can send the wrong message, especially to younger kids.
What's the story?
Taking its name from a psychological term meaning a shared psychosis between people, Fall Out Boy's album FOLIE A DEUX brings the idea of communal madness to music. Although the band's most famous member, Pete Wentz (bassist and lyricist, as well as host of F'N MTV) might get more attention for his marriage to singer/celebrity Ashlee Simpson, the band is receiving an increase in popularity with this release and the album has charted well.
Is it any good?
You don't have to be crazy to enjoy Fall Out Boy's form of insanity. This is a fun and fast-paced album that spotlights the band's musical abilities. Although the band can get a little tangled up in their barrage of metaphors, "my mind is a safe and if I keep it we get rich, my body is an orphanage, we take everyone in," their natural appeal and lack of pretension usually saves the day. With retro 80's pop sounds that could come straight out of a Stray Cats album and impassioned dramatic stylings, this band rocks out.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the use of sarcasm and irony in music. There are many instances on this album when the band uses sarcasm and irony to cast a light on some of America's foibles. Do you think young listeners understand that some lyrics might sound like they are celebrating something but they are actually attacking it? At what age can someone understand sarcasm in music and movies? What might happen if a teen misinterprets sarcasm and thinks for instance a band advocates stealing or violence?