A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that for the most part this album is okay for tweens and teens who want to rock out. The band doesn't go into any type of sexual discussions or violent imagery, and there's a definite lack of patience for pessimism, intolerance, and cruelty in the lyrics. Although the driving guitars might sound aggressive, the overall tone of the album is contemplative and slightly philosophical.
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What's the story?
It has been quite some time since Creed last appeared on the music scene. Eight years in fact! In that time the band broke up, worked on solo projects, and eventually regrouped. FULL CIRCLE marks their first release as a reformed band. On the dozen or so tracks, Creed goes back to its trademark rock sound infused with front man's Scott Stapp harmonic vocals. The album's theme follows the LP's title, coming "full circle" from dissatisfaction and anger to hope and a call to action to be better, whether it be in relationships or global issues.
Is it any good?
Fans of Creed's famous sound will have no shortage of tracks to enjoy here, with songs like "A Thousand Faces" and "Fear" revisiting the band's popular style. However, the album probably won't garner many new fans because of this recycled sound. Some songs seem to drone on and on, like "Suddenly." However, tracks like "Rain" and "Time" have the inspiring effect of hits like "Arms Wide Open," and shield against the air of pretension that creeps in on tracks like "On My Sleeve," which includes cringe-worthy lines like "it only hurts when I breathe."
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about music lyrics and what's appropriate for certain age groups. Although this album has nearly all appropriate lyrics, sometimes it's tough to distinguish what's appropriate for certain ages. What are you family's house rules when it comes to music lyrics?
Several songs make references to sin, hope, and faith. Are these important issues for bands to cover, or do you prefer lighthearted subject matter that doesn't get too deep?
Talk about how to handle negative life experiences. Many songs cover betrayal and heartache. Have you seen any issues like this in the news from celebrities? How have they reacted to these issues? Do you think celebrities are good role models for showing how to deal with bad situations?
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