From Under the Cork Tree

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Pleasant, accessible rock & roll.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 43 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages
Violence

One or two cartoon-ish "wanna take it outside?" references; no real violence.

Sex

A bit of coy sexual innuendo.

Language
Consumerism

CD insert contains a "collect 'em all" band trading card...

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One or two references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some sexual innuendo, a bit of gleefully confrontational language, and a few references to drinking.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bysoccer girl7 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byJessica! At the... April 9, 2008

This CD Changed My Life. Really.

So about a year and a half ago, I discovered something life changing. Fall Out Boy. This album is full of hope, distress, love, and so much meaningfullness. Pe... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byownworstcritik April 9, 2008
Easy to listen to and easy to sing. Not the best album technically but melodic and perfect for singing in the car or shower.
Kid, 12 years old May 11, 2013

Catchy, Clever, Fun!

I love Fall Out Boy, and I always have. Their mixture of upbeat pop-punk and witty lyrics is simply irresistible, and this is by far their best album. There... Continue reading

What's the story?

Teen angst rules the day on on FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE. Cleverly named tunes include \"Ur Lawyer Made Us Change the Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued,\" \"I've Got A Dark Alley and a Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth,\" \"Champagne For My Real Friends, Real Pain for My Sham Friends,\" and \"I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me.\" However, most of Fall Out Boy's wit ends up in the names, rather than the lyrics, of their songs. So you don't get brilliant poetic barbs; you do get plenty of pleasant, accessible rock & roll, with the added bonus of an exceptional rhythm section.

Is it any good?

Lead singer Patrick Stump's vocals are infused with punk-pop energy, but can get soulful on the more melodic tracks too. By turns acerbic, goofy, and emotional, Fall Out Boy delivers 13 friendly tracks that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. So they don't quite live up to the promise of their titles -- the terrific all-out performances and a genuine sense of fun save the day.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about (and make up) clever alternate titles to favorite songs on other albums.

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