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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this soft indie album is pivotal for older adolescents breaking into early adulthood, as lyrics talk about characteristics that often accompany growing up: nihilism, indecision, and impatience. Although the lyrics and messages are intense, there's not much to worry about -- just a few evocative lyrics such as "but you will never have me/to me, you're just some faggy girl," "a girl kissing girls," "Chemicals/Don't flatten my mind/Chemicals/Don't mess me up this time," and "there's the girl that left me bitter/want to pay some other girl to just walk up to her/and hit her."
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HISSING FAUNA ARE YOU THE DESTROYER offers disco-inspired, glimmery music that classifies as almost new wave dance sounds with some psychedelia prog-rock thrown in the mix. Surprisingly, Of Montreal also manages to weave in and out of a groovy pop to round out the happy mix. The first tune, "Suffer for Fashion," for example, zooms into a cutesy, whimsical ditty, but surprises with contrasting lyrics about emasculating, emoting, emaciating. Definitely obtuse lyrics, but they somehow smartly hone in on the crisis of creating an identity that's so intrinsic when growing up. The Beck/Prince-influenced song "Faberge Falls for Shuggie" is a whirring trip that's sexually charged, but only if you listen closely.
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Families can talk about the character archetype often used in indie rock: the social deviant and experimental rebel. How do you relate to the hedonism and nihilism in the young adult scene? Is this unfamiliar or familiar territory to you and your peers? In what ways are these themes constructive and destructive?