Hissing Fauna Are You the Destroyer?

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Karen Fu, Common Sense Media
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Spacey, high-inducing music blends many sounds.

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Positive Messages

"The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" has a few lines about lesbians: "a girl kissing girls" and "but you will never have me/to me, you're just some faggy girl."

Violence

Somewhat abstract lyrics ("it takes more to delight the cadaver," "he's my dark mutation," and "this demon heart of the master's hand crush me") and a few more direct lines: "there's the girl that left me bitter/want to pay some other girl to just walk up to her/and hit her."

Sex

Lyrics like "we've got to keep it physical," "let's tear our f--king bodies apart," and "the sex in my walk was cotton soft."

Language

Several mentions of "f---k" in its different forms, and the word "faggy."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some dabbling with chemical substance, liquor, and smoking cigarettes: "chemicals don't make me sick again" and "they're outside/smoking cigarettes."

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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Teen, 16 years old Written byelsinore April 9, 2008
i'd just like to make something clear -- "chemicals don't mess with my head / chemicals don't make me sick again" is actually about the... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2008

Great stuff!

Okay, so there are some iffy lyrics. Like, there are more F-bombs than CS mentioned (Three in "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal", two or three in "... Continue reading

What's the story?

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.

Is it any good?

Of Montreal is a rare breed reminiscent of classics like David Bowie and David Byrne, but also freshly indie rock like The Shins. The album as a whole is fun -- if not decidedly spaced out and a bit disjointed -- and is perfect to listen to when stuck in a rut.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • 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?

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